It’s amazing how much you can forget in a year. Having just returned from the 2007 BKA convention (British Killifish Association), and having downloaded all my fish images from the camera, I thought i’d have a look at last years pictures. Some surprises for sure. Like I say, it’s amazing how much you can forget in a year.
Hence my new killifish blog. Hopefully i’ll keep a record of some of the more interesting developments in my fish room, and surprise myself at some point in the future.
So, what new fish were at the 2007 convention? Well I returned with a few interesting new fish, and a few old favourites. Practically all of my newly purchased fish were Nothobranchius - with three notable exceptions. I bought a nice pair of an unusual Colombian anual killi Austrofundulus guajira, some lampeyes Rhexipanchax lamberti, (I can not recall either of these species available at auction in the UK) and a giant pair of Fundulopanchax sjoestedti ’Niger delta’
There was a good selection of Nothos available; 21 lots were on display – from old favourites like Nothobranchius steinforti and Nothobranchius furzeri to the newly described Nothobranchius hengstleri. 10 of the Nothos present were from 2005 collections TAN RB (Kiril Kardashev, Konstantin Shidlovsky and Sergey Torgashev), MZHL (Holger Hengstler and Julia Lange), TZH (Holger Hengstler), and a TD (Brian Watters, Barry Cooper, Francisco Malumbres and Ruud Wildekamp) collection of Nothobranchius rubroreticulatus
Another new strain was Fundulosoma thierryi GHN 06-2 (above) from Ghana.
There was also a breeding group of another 2006 thierryi collection - Ada GH 06-5, although I didn’t manage to get a decent photograph of them. Both strains are a lot less orange, and perhaps more spotty than the GH 94-1 strain that has been relatively abundant in the UK for the last few years (right – although this individual is unusual in having that large spot on the dorsal fin).
So what nothos did I bring home? Thats another installment.