Two topics here. First is I am fishing for shrimps.
It is illegal to import (freshwater) shrimp for fishtanks, so the only option if I want shrimps to clean up the algae in my tank, is to find some in a stream. Luckily an endemic species, Paratya curvirostris, is "common" throughout NZ in brackish to freshwater streams. ...Or is it? When I lived in Helensville I always went fishing in the local stream and there were heaps. No trouble at all. However I am not finding any in Wellington; tried spots that people swear they got some from and no luck. NIWA maps have also not helped. Perhaps they are a lot more seasonal than I remember and it is not warm enough?
Any leads would be appreciated.
My fishtank looks great in the afternoon sun, with all the fish shining. Taking photos of them is very difficult as the camera tends to focus on the plants behind and it's pretty hard to get them to swim still enough to get focussed properly! So I've started drawing them with oil pastels on black paper. Guppies and platys are being done first, I have 6 platys (plus one that died in the earthquake) and 8 guppies. First four pages below. Males face left <--, females face right -->.
Silver Platys - I also have 2 more bluish green ones,
Orange-tailed Platys - unfortunately the male is sick.
Gold Guppies - the male is very sick. But who knew a guppy with a bung swim bladder could last so long...