Thursday, 20 July 2017

My fishing trip in China (Year 2008) - part 2

After taking our lunch in a restaurant, we continued to walk to down from the stream to a bigger river. There, Mr Tree showed me some beautiful fishes that I never seen before. 

Then, Mr Tree trying to find the location where he found Cryptocoryne crispatula var. crispatula (aquatic aroid) about 2 years ago.....but he couldn't find it. It was getting late, we got another half an hour to search the Crypt before we called a day off. 

I was busying photographing the insects in the bushes & suddenly Mr Tree shouted "Cryptocoryne" very very loud... (in Mandarin language) I jumped up and quickly ran towards the bushes. I saw a beautiful stream behind the bushes.....and unbelievable.....I saw Cryptocoryne crispatula var. crispatula for the first time in my life!!!! At that moment, I forgot all my problems back home....& all of us screaming & jumping in the stream like a group of crazy people....Ha!ha!ha!

Collecting loaches & gobies in a river near a restaurant:

In the late afternoon, we're trying to find the habitat of Cryptocoryne crispatula var. crispatula ....there's a stream behind the bushes. Mr Tree turned left to check it out....

And, he found Cryptocoryne crispatula var. crispatula in a new spot!

The habitat (fast flowing stream):

After dinner, 3 of us went to a nearby river to check out the gill net that we set up not long ago before sunset. As the air temperature was dropping slowly, we needed to wear jacket. 

Mr Tree is checking his gill net:

Zacco platypus

Opsariichthys bidens

Rasbora steineri

Apple snail (Pila sp.) - Apple snail is a pest. This snail also can transfer a type parasite called Angiostrongylus cantonensis to Humans. 

Zacco platypus in its natural habitat.

Freshwater shrimp (Macrobrachium sp.)

Parazacco spilurus spilurus

Common tree frog. (Polypedates megacephalus)

My fishing trip in China (Year 2008) - part 1

April 4, 2008. It was public holiday in China. 3 of us; Mr Tree (Zhou Hang), Yellowman (Huang Bao Ping) & jungle mike (Michael Lo) decided to explore the river system in north eastern part of Guangdong province of southern China.

Due to some reasons, I do not want to disclose the places that we went but I will write down the names of nearby towns. 

It was a cool & misty morning. We took the bus from Shenzhen city to a small town called Haifeng. There, we took a motorcycle taxi to a village.

Mr Tree went there before, about 2 years ago. When we reached the 1st location, he was so very upset because the stream was used to covered by evergreen broad-leaved forest of the subtropical zone. But now, it's gone!!! 

Haifeng town.

 On board the motorcycle taxi:

Destruction of paradise on earth !!!!

We're so disappointed to see this....a polluted stream!!!

After walking for a few minutes to the upper stream, we found a good spot to collect fish.

Mr Tree is the 1st to jump into the freezing water. Compared to the water in my homeland (Borneo), the water over here is very cold, probably 14 degree Celsius (?). 

I was so happy to see this cute hill stream loach which looks very similar to the Borneo sucker fish from Borneo. This loach is called Pseudogastromyzon laticeps.

And, Mr Tree suddenly screamed so loud......everyone was shocked. He found the beautiful dwarf catfish called Pseudobagrus trilineatus for the first time!!!

The hunt for Hong Kong's black paradise fish

Hong Kong Black Paradise fish is a labyrinth fish named after my grandfather's homeland : Hong Kong island. It is closely related to wild fighting fish, Betta spp.

In April 2008, during my trip to southern China, my friend, Zhou Hang caught a male black paradise fish in the countryside of Guangdong province of China. A day before I left China, my another friend, "Yellowman" decided to bring me to another location to collect black paradise fish not far from Shenzhen (also near Hong Kong).

It was a beautiful Monday morning, 2 of us took a bus to our destination. About 2 hours later, we reached a small town where people speak Hakka dialect. From that town, we took a motor cycle taxi to the coastal area.

Image below: Male black paradise fish (Macropodus hongkongensis) has the longer fins (& more colourful)compared to female.

The female:

The juvenile (their baby):

Few months later, they spawned in my aquarium. The buble nest build by the male paradise fish:

The wild caught female black paradish fish:

The beautiful scenery at the coastal area:

The habitat:

Mosquito fish (Gambusia sp.) introduced to this stream.

Lantern bug (Pyrops sp.) found resting on a tree: