In a recent AKA show advert listing fish due to be auctioned I saw the name Fp. gardneri lacustris. I had this sub-species many years ago and it failed to breed despite every effort. Talking it over with local members at the time it was suggested this may be a more extreme annual form of Fp. gardneri.
In the 80s this fish was around in limited numbers and those who had a few eggs from them dry stored them for long periods. I would love this fish to come back to the UK. It is still around in the USA I believe but I doubt it is from the 80s collection. The majority of BKA members look down on Fp. gardneri and bids at auction are generally poor. Is this because you have kept a few populations in the past and think you know Fp. gardneri or do you regard the fish as being one and the same? Perhaps members are afraid of being beaten by a gardneri.
I picked up a bag of fish labelled A. louessense 33/10 last year (1999) and couldnt get a single egg out of them until a few weeks ago when they started laying regulary. I believe this code has been corrupted somewhere along the line. To begin with the code refers to Republic Populaire du Congo (RPC). The collection number of 33 is a valid number for the 1978 collection but where has the /10 come from? I am immediately remined of A. primigenium 88/10. OK, how many /10s do you know of? I am indebted to Lennie MacKowiak from the States for his permission to use photographs he took towards the end of the 70s. How I came by them is a real longshot. In the early 80s I sent eggs to an antipodean location. The months rolled by without any confirmation of their safe arrival until one day out of the blue a package appeared containing a box of slides and an audio tape. This was a tape/slide show Lennie put together to keep my contact up to speed on the new fish imported into the USA. The contact mysteriously dissappeared leaving the landlord with a huge phone bill and various other debts. As I was the only fishy contact he could find the address of I got the package along with his rendition of the events leading up to his missing tenant. Forgive my digressing but these slides are a snapshot to a great period of fish imports and thanks to Lennies permission the BKA have permission to use them.
Anyway, I was talking about A. louessense and our 33/10 which is in circulation in the UK at this time, and below is the original fish imported into the USA around 1979 (which represents the wild, or at least F1 material) and the 33/10 form bought at the auction.
Perhaps I should re-phrase. The confusion started with someone corruping the code. This happens regularly through bags bought at auction whereupon getting said bag home one finds the label smudged or detached from the bag. What do you do? Panic; throw caution to the wind and invent a new name; have a best guess at what it should be? The correct choice of course is none of these. Get in touch with the group holding the auction and state that you bought a bag at the auction with a lot number of XXX1. Groups keep records of all these transactions and can easily give you details of the correct name or at least the sellers name and BKA No. The auction lot No. label may of course have fallen off as well leaving you with a bag of a known species but no idea of the population or collection code. First of all you should have noted the lot No. when bidding. In my experience at auctions no fish is sold without a lot No. After all, how can they pass money on to the person entering the fish if they dont have the lot No.? I have done this sort of thing before now where I have had a defaced label or lost a fish and needed to find a replacement. If in doubt of a bags name find out the proper name through the group you bought the fish through. It would be really nice to get more photographs of fish currently in circulation in the BKA in the Newsletter. If you have taken any please get in touch.
Very few new imports last more than a few years in our auctions. Are we getting too used to seeing more and more new fish/populations and not looking after what we have? Its very easy to fall into the trap of loosing an odd fish and throwing the remaining male/female in an odds tank to forget them. Are we doing enough to try and pair these lonely hearts up? As a conservation group perhaps we should properly address this in the Newsletter and put a regularly updated piece in each month with a list of available and wants. I know its been done before but its always fell down in the lack of regular input. How many un-paired fish are their in the BKA? 100?, 200?, more? Those online can pair fish up in the odds section.
Along these lines a really interesting thread has recently transpired on the AKA newsgroup concerning old populations still in captivity. I am indebted to Brian Watters of Canada (a renowned Nothobranchius authority) for a useful contribution to my question regarding Fp. walkeri GH2/74 & my search for the oldest known fish population still in captivity. Apparently 1974 is pre-dated by N. furzeri which was originally collected in 1968 (remember when Rivulins of the Old World was first published?). 32 years on it is still in captivity. I asked if it had de-graded with such a limited gene pool but the only signs were an occaisional split (forked) caudal fin & shortened gill covers but only in females. Brian stressed that the original N. furzeri should be kept seperate from the new MOZ populations currently in our tanks. Dick has sent me some pics of these fish & even tried to serve me up a male from the freezer with a few chips ! I declined the offer in favour of a honey & mustard coated chicken breast (yummy). Think Dick is putting something together on the website on these fish (he doesnt have much else to do !).
Another contribution from Robert Ellerm added to the history of N. furzeri.Bob Parle imported the wild fish into the States in 1968. Even then this species was regarded as a short lived, aggressive species well worth, & indeed, a species in need of preservation in captivity. In light of the floods in Mozambique would it not be in our interests as a conservation organisation to form a working preservation group on the MOZ locations? Getting back to the GH2. The AKA have a maintenance programme in place to preserve endangered species/populations. The GH2 fish are preserved in small collectives and designated as a core species. The AKA species maintenance program is more advanced then the BKA (we dont have one). The way it works is a species/population is maintained by members who keep an endangered fish for 1-5 years. They can trace the GH2s to 30 generations. Next question, why are we not doing something on these lines? Is the Management Committee not doing its job? or are the membership not trying hard enough to organise it?
The DKG A.elegans group is gaining momentum and I have been asked to find these fish :- A. chauchei "Masepe", A. spec. "Lake Fwa", A. polli "CI 95" ? Does anyone in the BKA maintain these fish? The Lake Fwa were advertised in our list as eggs from Czech. Did anyone bring them in & get them going? Also, has anyone got the Epiplatys from Lake Fwa in their tanks?
The following photo of Simpsonichthys magnificus was sent in with a request for help.
What is it & how can I get rid of it? Its a Lymph virus which fish can pick up. Their is no known cure for this complaint. It doesnt seem to harm the fish although can be fatal in some cases. Some reports would suggest the thing can be removed by tweezers but this is a bit hit & miss. Fish can get over this through their own immune system. Keep them well fed & its up to luck if they get rid of it. This is what the column was originally set up for, answering members questions in the open for others to benefit.
The BKA newsgroup on the Internet is not being used. I would urge all those online to START PUTTING SOMETHING IN. You dont have to put the all time novel in, just some questions for discussion. I dont normally put this computer chat here but new onliners are bound to come up with the seasons festivities/presents. All you do is find any mail in your inbox to the BKA group (& Im presuming you have at least subscribed to the BKA newsgroup) & click Reply. Wipe the original message & put a subject in the subject box. Now write about anything you want on killies. Simple. Anyone having problems on connections please get in touch. Your addresses are on the back page of the last Newsletter. Please use this new technology to find out more about killies through our newsgroup.
As an example, tonight I looked at my messages & a new population for a well known fish was being discussed. I requested a photo & information & within a few minutes I had both.
Dr. Huber has been busy again with Killi-Data 2000. Three new amendments have occurred, namely -
* Simpsonichthys auratus Costa & Nielsen, 2000 Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwaters, 11 (1): 7-12, 4 figs., 1 tab.
* Cynolebias periodicus Costa, 1999 (today in Austrolebias) Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwaters, 10 (4): 297-302, 5 figs., 1 tab.
* Fluviphylax palikur Costa & Le Bail, 1999 Copeia, 4: 1027-1034, 3 figs., 2 tabs.
Also I was suprised to find that An annual species that was thought to be extinct since its description in 1934 by Ladiges, Leptolebias marmoratus, has just been recollected and a few specimens are alive and being bred in Brasil (extract from Hubers mail).
A new population of Fp. filamentosum is currently in captivity in the USA from Ouidha. Dan Katz sent me a great pic of the beast which is green frontally, blue anteriorally with red background in the anal & caudal fins. This population should be seen over here in 2001 auctions.
GH2/74. No it dont go away & yes they should have hit the north west some weeks ago. If the North West Group dont have them yet please let me know. Lets make a real effort in keeping these going over here. This fish is very endangered & I dont want to see it in an auction being sold for a quid. In fact I dont want to see it going for £10. I see too many worthy sp. going under the auctioneers hammer for a pound. Its time to sort this auction thing out. Preservation is the aim of our association but its all channelled into auctions & what you can make from it. The last Manchester auction shouldnt have happened. We are still locked into a pound a pair. Even then many fish were not sold. Many fish were sold for £1 which were very rare. These fish will probably not be put into next years auctions. A.australe were sold for £7. Come on, its time for a change to all this. It strikes me their are too many auctions for the available tank space. What I would really like to see is an auctioneer holding up a pair of a new whateverpopulation to say, Im not selling them for less than what they are worth. Alan did what in my opinion is the start of what an auction should be at the last Midland auction. He threw insults at the crowd but he knew the value of the bag in his hands. He sold the fish & did his job. Did these fish go to the right homes?
Isnt it time we went back to where it all started? We were set up to preserve fish from extinction. In the BKA we have done precious little to uphold this. The AKA have had in place for many years a maintenance program previously mentioned. It works.
Not sure if this fish is in the UK yet. It may have passed through an auction. Anyway, Aphyosemion hera has been around for a little while & its about time everyone saw what they looked like. I am indebted to Tony Terceira of the AKA for permission to use his photos. I was originally sent a photo of this species by Ed Pürzl a few years ago of the Lambarene population. The population shown differed from Lambarene by a pinkish body colour, less red spots on the body & a broken line of red forming spots in the anal fin. Females have a very distinctive black horizontal line through the body.
I tried to run my fish house stocks down at the last auction but still have a good supply of fish. Fry have grown on now & I seem to be spreading out again. The situation was not helped by guess who turning up the other Saturday with a bag containing a couple of bottles of rather nice French wine & one bag of a cognatum type fish. I had been after these for a few weeks but the shipment came in bad & this was the result. To my suprise they started laying within the week & I now have a good supply of eggs to keep them going. I hope to put a photo in the column shortly. They have a bright yellow anal fin. A. cognatum dont seem to reach what they are worth in auction in the UK. Its got to come but should it happen - a list of species & what they should fetch at auction. I would love to do it but what is your opinion?
Website only... This net only section is building up as more & more sites go online. This issue is busy & contains some really useful links.
A site I chanced upon the other day was the Central European Killifish Association which was a new one on me. The address is :-http://freeweb.coco.cz/zverex-centrum/sachh-home.htm Its written in a foriegn tongue (possibly Slovinian) but their is a fair number of links within the site written in English.
It started off as a DKG study group but the A. elegans study group seems to be growing on an International scale with the first online newsletter containing 40 species/populations in captivity. The second issue is now out containing an in depth look at A. chauchei. If you have a real interest in the A.elegans group & want to join the study group contact Axel Schwekendiek at http://email@example.com for more information. Newsletters come down as PDF files & you will need version 4.0 to read them (my version 3.2 for some reason didnt read them) which can easily be downloaded from the Adobe site free of charge at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html
I worked out how to translate a PDF file & this will undoubtedly come in useful :-
You have a PDF file on your screen. This example will translate a foreign document. Click Edit / Select All / Copy. Copy this into the Babelfish translator which can be found at http://babelfish.altavista.digital.com/translate.dyn paste this into the box to be converted & select the language to be translated from. Click Translate. Copy / Paste this into Word or similar word processor. To translate a second page go back to the PDF file, click Edit / Deselect All / Select All / Copy. When pasting this into the translator delete Foreign text before pasting new document. Copy / Paste the translation & tag it onto the end of your first translated page in Word.
A useful little service which I use is Mind-It which monitors a website for you & puts a message in your Inbox when it has been added to or changed. It's a free service & can be found at http://firstname.lastname@example.org/
A new International South American Annual group is being formed. I understand you can subscribe at email@example.com but this has only just been put up.
A new Epiplatys newsgroup has been set up at http://www.egroups.com/group/Epiplatys You just click the join now button & away you go.
Also, a new site on Argentinian Cynolebias is taking shape at http://www.argentinakillis.cjb.net/ This is still under construction but looks as though it will be an informative site with articles & photo's. An English translator is built into the site.
Aphyosemion gualikoto is a new one on me. Check out the photo' here www.nakashima.org/e_gal/e_ga_guali.htm
Everett Talavera`s Apocheilus Lineatus Web Page is online at http://mx.geocities.com/mexfishweb/
http://www.geocities.com/tyronegenade/ is Tyrone's killie website.
http://www.inkmkr.com/Fish/ St.Louis Killifish site with pics of Cameroon & a wild A. raddai male.