View Full Version : Long time lurker, hello all.

09-11-2008, 06:31 PM
I am new in the forums, and will take this chance to talk about myself.

I lived most of my life in Mexico, just moved to San Francisco 3 years ago. I live 3 blocks from Aqua Forest, and pass by Ocean Aquarium on my way to work every day. If you've been to San Francisco, you know it does not get better than this :grin:.

I've kept tanks on and off most of my life, mostly planted with wild collected plants, even before it was fashionable. When I was a kid, every Easter we would go to Patzcuaro, and on more than one ocasion I caught and ate Cambarellus patzcuarenzi in the lake. I also went to Chapala very often, and once was able to catch and later keep a dwarf crayfish there. No I.D., though, there are several species in the lake, including chapalensis and prolixus. Due to pollution, it is hard to find anything now.

My mother was born in Tamazula, and I have family in Ameca. If you Google Tamazula river and Ameca river you will find lots of interesting aquatic fauna, including the super algae eater Ameca splendens. When I was old enough to care it was too late, the rivers are so polluted that it is very hard to find the fish and inverts. The best place to get the species from my homeland are from specialist breeders in Germany.

Due to my :censor: lease, I had to convert my ADA tank into a carnivorous plant and emersed Anubias nana terrarium, but at home I still have a 5 gallon with 8 adult bettas that my wife bred and lots of stem plants, a few small container for the better looking bettas, a mixed 7 gallon with easy fish and lots of ferns and cryptos, a 3 gallon with 4 kinds of mosses, waiting for some CRC to get out of quarantine at Ocean Aquarium, and a half full 6 gallon growing emersed plants and assorted snails.

At the office I keep an "artistic" 3.5 gallon with the yellow shrimp and the dwarf crays, it is a PITA tank, high light, HC and Glosso, some moss. I also keep a "wild" 2.5 years old 2.5 gallon on my desk. I just throw cuttings in there, and whatever survives I let be. The tank looks like a real jungle, there are plants growing out of the filter. The happiest betta I have ever known lives there, he is getting old, and as soon as he dies I will try to breed some mosquito rasboras or micro rasboras, along with some inverts.

My last purchases at Aquabid where yellow shrimp and dwarf crayfish. I find myself paying top dollar for animals I used to catch and use as bait as a kid :smile:. I keep my eyes peeled for any Western Mexico native species, specially small fish and inverts. If you know of any such critter, drop me a line.

09-11-2008, 07:14 PM
Welcome, and post some pictures of yer tanks!!

09-11-2008, 08:00 PM
Welcome to the boards from an old Santa Cruz Mountain Hippie -
Used to call Boulder Creek home.
Hoping that the pollutionin in your homeland can be reversed.
It can - and has been done.
Pictures would be nice -

09-12-2008, 12:32 PM
Working on the pics. I need to get a battery charger and a cable for my camera.

While the pollution gets fixed, I will make it my mission to keep some colonies alive in my tanks :), there will be a need to repopulate.

09-12-2008, 08:24 PM
There you go, with a friends camera. You can see crayfish 1 inspecting the glosso, crayfish 2 chilling on the heater, and a few shrimp finishing the thread algae.


09-12-2008, 08:29 PM
...never mind...

Smiles, marli