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Chembarambakkam Lake ( Chennai, India )

Home Forums Field Trips & Conservation Chembarambakkam Lake ( Chennai, India )

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  • #300985

    Shankar
    Member

    I have made some trips to the lake over the weekends. It’s supposed to be the largest reservoir around Chennai and more importantly, it’s not very far off from my home. : )

    Badis badis

    Badis badis underwater

    P. cupanus

    Rasbora daniconius

    Etroplus maculatus ‘Dwarf’

    Aplocheilus blockii

    Mystus vittatus

    Puntius dorsalis

    Puntius mahecola

    Puntius filamentosus

    #320040

    Shankar
    Member

    Caridina sp

    Macrobrachium sp

    Neotropius atherinoides

    Aponogeton sp flower

    Some of the non-aquatic critters around the lake..

    Centipede

    Millipede

    Skink

    A tiny Lizard

    A gravid Scorpion

    Hope you enjoyed them.

    #320041

    keith565
    Participant

    wow, fantastic pictures and some fab critters there. i have never seen colour like that on the filament barb. stunning. TFS

    #320043

    harnsheng
    Participant

    Etroplus maculatus DWARF?? That’s interesting.. hehe

    Nice filamentosus barb! Nice color!

    #320044

    Stefan
    Member

    Very, very nice Shankar!

    #320055

    Matt
    Keymaster

    I’ve never seen that form of P. filamentosus before either – amazing amount of red pigmentation in the caudal! Am also interested to know about the E. maculatus ‘dwarf’. Please do tell us more Shankar!

    #320062

    Plaamoo
    Participant

    Wow! Thanks for sharing Shankar!! Love to see pics of fishing expeditions & habitat. Beautiful collection!!

    #320070

    Shankar
    Member

    Glad that you all liked the clicks.

    The E. maculatus dwarf is a common sight around Chennai. Have only seen the regular ones in the Western Indian parts though. They sport the regular patterns of a typical wild maculatus, but for the lack of the yellow-orange on the body like the regular chromides. The peak breeding coloration shows a tinge of orange belly.

    At most locations, I have seen them co-existing with the regular ones, but haven’t seen one pairing up with the other type. Most adult specimens encountered till date measured less than 2 inches.

    Interestingly, to my knowledge there has been no mention anywhere about this dwarf variant. Since they live together with the regular form, they could have been mistook as juveniles.

    #320072

    Shankar
    Member

    Oh, I have a few videos of the lake beneath as well. Just can’t find the youtube ‘tag’ button.

    #320074

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Check out this link for Youtube instructions Shankar.

    #320080

    Shankar
    Member

    Matt, I am not aware of any official publication on the dwarf. It’s only a few handful of hobbyists here who have done field trips in the Eastern ranges know about it. It’s a pity that these have been unnoticed and nowhere in the hobby.

    You and Harn Sheng are probably the first people from another country to take some keen interest on them.

    #320089

    harnsheng
    Participant

    Oh yeah, love the dwarf Etroplus sp! Like you said, it might be mistaken as juveniles, that’s why it goes unnoticed. Did you have any at home, Shankar? perhaps you can document them in photos and videos on the characteristic, coloration and breeding of them. It would be very nice to see that!

    The superb red coloration of the wild filamentosus is seriously nice! Cant wait to get some swimming in my tanks! Too bad those captive bred specimens aren’t this red.

    #320090

    Haji Badaruddin
    Participant

    Love the pics … esp the Puntius filamentosus!!!

    #320091

    Shankar
    Member

    Thanks HB!

    I had the dwarf pair in the past, but then I didn’t have a good camera. I guess it will be more interesting to document them in the wild. Will do it sometime.

    Here are some of the videos during the trips to the reservoir.

    The first vid shows a few Rasbora daniconius, Etroplus maculatus, Gambusia sp and Hemichromis sp.

    Then this E. maculatus guarding the fries. She was a brave female who stayed on. The male went hiding. View Original Movie

    Hemichromis sp pair

    And ofcourse the Badis video that Matt had already posted earlier.

    #320092

    Stefan
    Member

    I just love such vids; thanks for making and posting them!

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