The Perfect Dip Net

I am switching up things and taking a step aside to discuss some basics. I want to share some of the supplies that I took with me to Colombia. The list is long and includes items like battery operated air pumps, GPS tracking devices, a water proof camera and the list goes on and on. However, the most important item I took was my dip net.

Now you may think that any old fishing net will do for collecting but have you considered the conditions?  Just think about it for a minute, you are in the middle of the jungle, what are you likely to encounter? In rivers, there are often  sticks, branches, leaves, rocks and unfortunately materials discarded from humans such as bottles, cans and perhaps the worst, plastic that could damage or destroy your net. With that in mind, would you jeopardize your entire collecting trip with a net that may tear or break? I do not think so!

So let me recommend a net to you that will hold up and go the distance on those long ox bow rivers. A net that will reward you with some prized fish while you are out in the middle of the jungle. And that net is the perfect dip net from Jonah’s Aquarium.

These nets are hand crafted with the best of care. They collapse for easy storage. They have a deep net so even those crazy jumping Rivulus sp. will not escape. And the best feature is the strong handle to hoop connection. Nets that you buy in the stores do not have this design and simply will not last. So the next time you are planning to go collecting, get the net that will help you

Collecting Ancistrus sp. “Upper Rio Negro”

So excited to start sharing video with you guys on our trip to Colombia. We had an incredible time and found some potentially new species. While Ancistrus sp. “Upper Rio Negro” has been imported previously, it was only ever imported to Europe.  The photo of this fish hardly does it justice as compared to the fish we caught.  Perhaps the fish we collected is a better color morph or perhaps the species exhibits better coloration in the wild? We will just have to find out as it swims now in our home aquaria.

Check out the video below and watch how the species was collected. Just check out that flow! Thousands of gallons of water just going by every minute. And this water was dark with tannins just like some of the other rivers we visited during our trip. I wish we could have spent more time here. Who knows what other treasures there are to behold? Check out the photo of Ancistrus sp. “Upper Rio Negro”, what I am calling, the Royal Bushynose  Pleco.

Ancistrus sp. “Upper Rio Negro”

We Are Back From Colombia

We had a great trip to Colombia! We saw so many fish, plants, inverts, insects and other animal life. The people of Colombia are so welcoming! They made are stay so enjoyable. I hope to share some of our adventures on our website.

Right now we are gearing up for a speaking engagement in Raleigh, North Carolina for the Raleigh  Aquarium Society (RAS). Putting together a new talk takes a lot of time and patience to get things looking professional. As a result, we will not have much time to work on the website. For now, the easiest way for us to post, is through social media. Please stay tuned and visit our Facebook page at: