Happy New Year #Can’tWait42019

2019 is quickly approaching and we are gearing up for our trip back to Colombia. This means checking our gear and getting the fishroom ready. There is a lot to do before we leave. We need to organize all of our old gear and decide what we will take again this year and what can stay home. We also purchased new gear, which we hope will provide us with the tools we need to catch not only fish but also the photos and video we wish to share with all of you.

The fishroom will be expanding to prepare for the fish we find while in Colombia and plan to bring home. We are making arrangements to set up over 500 gallons more of aquariums including eight 50 breeder aquariums along with twelve 10 gallon aquariums. For those wondering, the fish we bring back go through all of the proper channels being exported from Colombia and then imported into the United States and checked by Fish and Wildlife.

This hobby is a labor of love. It takes a lot of time and energy. You have to have a passion for the fish you keep. The correct preparation is key. A big thanks goes to Hernando Gil and Ted Judy for organizing these trips. We would not be able to go without them organizing the trip. So we also thank you both for your work.

We share some photos both old and new from 2018. Until 2019, check out our YouTube.com channel: AmazonTropics.com

A cooler for Colombia showing liner that will be used to hold fish.
Another view of a cooler for Colombia showing opening on top.
Closed cooler that will be used to hold fish in Colombia.
Various equipment for Colombia
Various equipment for Colombia
Drone for aerial views in Colombia.
Part of our new rack system
Corydoras sp. CW106 and C. sp. CW107
Female Apistogramma personata
Juvenile undescribed Apistogramma from Rio Vaupes, Colombia
Juvenile undescribed Ancistrus from Rio Vaupes, Colombia
Juvenile undescribed Ancistrus from Rio Vaupes, Colombia
Evening meal photo in Mitu, Colombia 2018
Our entire group from our 2018 trip to Mitu, Colombia. From left to right: Jeremy Basch, Vin Kutty, guide and exporter Hernando Gil, collecting organizer Ted Judy, Ariel Borstein and Jeff Cardwell.

The End is Approaching…

The end of the year is quickly approaching! Are you ready for 2019? We are doing our best to prepare. We have a lot going on at the moment. One, we are working on expanding our fishroom. Two, we are expanding our fishroom prior to our return trip to Colombia. We will be visiting Puerto Carreno next year in the Llanos. It will likely be hot and dry, perfect for collecting! Three, we are building our website out to include a shopping cart. For the first time in years, we will offer shipping on our fish.

Please keep in mind that all of this is going to take a lot of time and effort. We still are working full time at our day job so this will not be very easy. You may have noticed our Facebook page, Amazon Tropics, has had a lot of updates recently. We are trying to share information on South American fish we find relevant. We hope you have enjoyed this feature.

At the same time, we have been taking a bunch of photos of fish we will have available next year. The photos will be used not only for the shopping cart but also for sharing information on each species. All of this is being done to give you a special touch that you simply cannot get anywhere else.  So stay tuned, we have a lot of good things coming in 2019!

Hypancistrus sp. “L-345” F-1 Male
We will get photos of the male soon
Hypancistrus sp. “L411” F-1 Female
Ancistrus sp. “Honeycomb” Male
Micracanthicus vandragti Wild Male, Full grown at ONLY 2″! The Nano Pleco
Micracanthicus vandragti Wild Female, Full grown at ONLY 1 1/2″! The Nano Pleco
Tatia gyrina Wild Male
Corydoras duplicareus Wild Female
Corydoras sp. “CW49” F-1 Male