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Collecting in Río Tigre / Río Pucacuro 2010

Discussion in 'Apistogramma' started by Tom C, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. Tom C

    Tom C Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    I've just finished a "little" report from another one of our expeditions in 2010 :

    Collecting in Río Tigre / Río Pucacuro 2010

    (The report contains 400 pictures, so it might take some time to download)
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    Mark C New Member

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    Lots and lots of amazing pictures there ,im so jealous i would love to collect wild apisto to bring home .I realy like A.bitaeniata for Rio Tigre stunning fish .
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    Great stuff, I am jealous! ;-)
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    peterK Member 5 Year Member

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    Wonderful report Tom, thanks a lot for sharing. C. spirulus were gorgeous, did you bring some of them home?
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    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    After seeing Mark's legs, and remembering the mosquitoes in the Samaria-Picaya Reserve where they considered insect repellent a 'condiment', I wonder why I still want to go back!
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    slimbolen99 Active Member 5 Year Member

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    ^ Just thing I needed to save a few thousand dollars! I'll just leave the collecting to you hard core folks.

    Excellent read Tom. Thanks for taking the time to put that together. Looks like you had a lot of "fun". :) Admittedly, I almost enjoy the stories of the people and pictures of other wildlife as much as the fish.
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    Amazing story and pics. Thanks for sharing.

    Those bites look pretty bad. What do the locals do about it?

    ....Bill
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    Thank you very, very much. It's nice to see the habitat of A. pantalone. It boosts my morale to keep trying to breed my pair!
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    Wow! Such an amazing trip! How many fish did you bring back? I assume the point was the adventure and not the fish :)

    I'd be interested in knowing what percentage of the fish survived the trip. How did you pack them? how did you aerate the water on the ay home? how about water quality/feeding? was any of that necessarily? how did you keep the temps in an acceptable range? How did you store the fish on the trip back to civilization and on the plane ride home?

    I'm not planning such a trip, but it does seem pretty once in a lifetime!
  10. Tom C

    Tom C Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Glad you liked the report, folks!

    No, I didn't. I've brought this species home on several earlier occations, and I didn't have room for them this time.

    Coward! :biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:

    2010 was the 6th. year in a row that I spent an autum-month in the Amazon. Although the goal is to find and document Apistogramma species and their habitats on several different expeditions during the 4 weeks, of course the local people, the nature, the flora and fauna and all the other things also contribute to make this an exiting adventure, every time!

    From all the expeditions in 2010 I brought, in total, around 290 small fish back with me, and lost only two small characins and 2 very young Apistogramma on the trip back to Norway.

    You'll find answers to most of questions like this in post #17 in this thread, where I also link to another thread where I have written about this.


    In less than 3 weeks I'll be back in the Amazon!