Things are slowly going back to normal. We are happy to hear that fish events are starting to come back and we will be attending our first auction since COVID started this coming weekend. The Greater Cincinnati Aquarium Society (GCAS) will be having a full on auction Saturday, March 12th. Details for the event can be found on their website at: http://www.gcas.org. Cincinnati always has a great assortment of new, rare and bread and butter species. It should be a great time and we are looking forward to seeing familiar faces.
A quick update on the fishroom and our next collecting trip. Currently there is not a lot to report in the fishroom. A few interesting species have spawned including our Honeycomb Ancistrus. Unfortunately the number of eggs was small so we have maybe a few dozen juveniles coming up. A few other Corydoras species have also laid eggs recently including a fan favorite and one of our personal favorites, Corydoras duplicareus. With spring approaching we are sure more of our fish will get into breeding condition soon.
As far as our next collecting trip, all looks good for us to head back to Peru via Colombia. We are looking to search for a new woodcat species in the Rio Ampiyacu. That said, this area has been labeled a hot bed for biodiversity as are other areas of the Amazon. Hopefully we can share more details as the trip draws closer. That is all we can share for now. We will share more details prior and after the trip. We are also hoping to share the trip at an upcoming lecture at the end of the year.
Lastly, it is also a good time to mention spring cleaning of filters to keep those nitrates low in your tank. Keep your fish happy and healthy with those weekly partial water changes!