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Re: Texas fish and plants
>>Last week we noticed some red flashes in the water
and thought we saw a red finned fish. I read through
my old Innes book and found a reference to the only
Characin in the USA (Astyanax fasciatus mexicanus).
We returned to the site this weekend with a net and
caught about a dozen fish. One is much more colored
than the others. I have two photos of them at the
bottom of this web page:
Steve, looks like you are having a lot of fun. About
a year ago I went to Brazos Bend state park and did a
bit of poking around. Sounds like, from you, that it
may be against the rules to take plants. Well, I may
or may not have collected some plants while I was
there <ahem>. One of which was spatterdock, which
looks a lot like your prized sword. Wavy green
leaves, somewhat variegated, grows very fast. If I am
right, then it will eventually put out floating leaves
(which you should snip immediately). The only
downside to this plant is that the leaves are not that
long-lasting, and I found that I had to clip them.
And that leaves me with a cut stem showing. If the
plant flowers, it will be a nice yellow. (assuming I
am right with the ID). I no longer have any
specimens, because I got tired of cutting the floating
leaves. But I did trade one to a member of this list.
Maybe he has more long-term experience to report.
but overall it is like a cross between a sword and
apog, very beautiful.
And now about the red fish. While at the park, I
noticed a little red fish that I saw for only a
moment. I asked Bobby at Village Tropical Fish
(Shepherd and 59) what it was, and I recall that he
gave me an answer, but I don't remember what he said.
So if you ever run by there, you might ask him. Btw,
they look really cool. I'm jealous. :)
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