At 6:30 in the morning we crossed the new bridge over the Rio Negro, one of the most expensive bridges ever made.

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We got off the freezing bus at around 10:30 at Nova Ayrao, a small depressing city with the feel of a ghost town.

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After an hour and a half of waiting, we got into a boat just as the rain was getting near.

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The ride to the small village where we would stay was about 30 minutes away.

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Once at the village we were greeted by the 10 year old macaw that owned the village.

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I had a few minutes before lunch, so I fished along the shore. The only interesting fish I caught was a Hypselecara temporalis in some submerged grass

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After eating piranha for lunch I went back out to the river and caught some Lampeye fish (I dont actually know what they are),

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a Mesonauta insignis,

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a pike cichlid,

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and a few more fish of interest…

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Apistogramma pertensis

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and an Apistogramma paucisquamis, one of my all time favorites.

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After about an hour of fishing and with lots of apistos in the bag, and very sore wrists I took a walk around the village

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I enjoy taking pictures a lot with my new Rebel XT

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There was a pet White Hawk that posed quite nicely for me

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and a pet parrot

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Enough with the birds, the next day I almost caught a peacock bass but I didnt set the hook right when it blew up on my lure.
After that we had to leave. All of the fish were put in breather bags and put carefully into my backpack. Apparently the weather decided it had been too nice to us and when we were heading back, it was so windy that we had to stop in a cove because of the waves.

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I was hoping to catch more apistos in an Igarape back in the woods

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But there were no fish in it.
Half an hour later the waves subsided and we headed off to Nova Ayrao again in the pouring rain. Disaster struck when I realized that one of the bags had opened and all of the water had escaped leaving the fish stranded in the bag! Unfortunately four fish died.
Back at home I put the remaining apistos, in an empty ten gallon quarintine aquarium.

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Read more: http://www.apistogramma.com/forum/showthread.php?12260-Two-day-collecting-trip-to-the-Anavilhanas-confirmed#ixzz1oT82biLT

 
 
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About Hudson

Fish enthusiast in the heart of the Amazon.

5 responses »

  1. Rashid says:

    You’re welcome Hudson. There’s several Fluviphylax lampeye killies present, a search on the web for documents on these little fish might be useful. I’ve never seen them for sale anywhere.

  2. Hudson says:

    I am pretty sure it is fluviphylax pygmaeus thanks a million for the lead.

  3. Rashid says:

    Hudson, the lampeyes you caught might be Fluviphylax sp.

  4. Hudson says:

    Thanks a lot! I enjoy reading your blog a lot.

  5. Maninmanaus says:

    Nice one, Hudson. Like the photos!

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