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Photo of a male Aulonocara stuartgranti, Chiloelo, a cichlid from Lake Malawi.

Aulonocara stuartgranti ‘Chiloelo’

Photo of a male Aulonocara stuartgranti ‘Chiloelo’ we are currently selling. We raise a number of species in the Aulonocara genus, including these populations of Aulonocara stuartgranti: Chiloelo, Flavescent, Maulana Bi-Color, and Mbenji Blue Regal. This blog concerns Aulonocara stuartgranti ‘Chiloelo.’ We acquired the Chiloelo population of A. stuartgranti in July 2012 from Fish Gallery […]

Photo of race official directing racers to downstream check-in and portage.

Manning a checkpoint for the Texas Water Safari, the world’s TOUGHEST canoe race!

Photo: Charles Clapsaddle directing racers to downstream check-in and portage. Susie (wife), Carl (son), Tony Kouba (friend and fellow Canoe Trail Goliad enthusiast), and I spent Sunday through Wednesday manning on the behalf of Canoe Trail Goliad ( the final checkpoint on the Texas Water Safari ( canoe race, “The world’s TOUGHEST canoe race!” Our […]

An aisle in Aquazoo, a Mom & Pop retail fish store, near Houston, Texas.

Aquazoo, a Thriving Mom & Pop Fish Store

The photo is of the interior of our customer Aquazoo. A while back, I blogged about the Demise of Mom & Pop Fish Stores and the impact on our business. That blog received a number of responses. One response was private. It was from the owner of AquaZoo in Houston (okay, between Houston and […]

A bunch of minnow around my feet at San Salomon Springs

Frozen in Balmorhea State Park

In January, one of my daughters and I made a trip around west Texas and southeastern New Mexico looking at rare Gambusia. One of these was G. nobilis an endangered fish. One of its homes is San Salomon Springs at Balmorhea State Park at Toyahville, Texas. While at the park we tried to photograph this […]

Cara on Popup camper with Oso wanting up.

Gambusia Road Trip – Day Minus 1

Gambusia Road Trip – Day Minus 1 Somehow, although I’d had a couple of weeks to plan the trip, suddenly it was the day before the scheduled departure at 6:00 a.m. the next morning (the time Susie wanted us gone). I’d not gotten anything ready. Cara had arrived and was ready. I jumped into action. […]

Poecilia latipinna, Mustang Island collection site.

Poecilia latipinna, Mustang Island to Siegen University in Germany

The photo shows the Poecilia latipinna, Mustang Island collection site. This post is about the saga of Poecilia latipinna and Siegen University in Germany. Years ago we got an order from Siegen University for Poecilia latipinna (our native green sailfin molly) from Comal Springs in New Braunfels, Texas. The fish were wanted for research into […]



The photo is a bucket of water and mulm from a cichlid vat that sat overnight. The milky cloud above and to the left of the net is a large number of Paramecium multimicronucleatum. This is the largest Paramecium and a single one is almost visible to the naked eye. And, as you can tell, […]