10 November 2008
These C. habrosus are just getting to know their new neighbourhood in the cherry shrimp tank. Other than the odd accidental bump, the two species pretty much ignore each other, although the habrosus sometimes tag along behind the large female cherries when swimming.
6 October 2008
It gets a little hazy, that border between inside and out. The yellow 'shrooms popped up in an indoor clump of bamboo; this little grey umbrella has its home in a ficus.
Outside, the arum carries the torch into October.
17 July 2008
Salvinia is a true fern, adapted for a floating lifestyle. Needs full light. Works well in ponds or tanks. It is not considered 'frost-hardy'; however, it does seem likely that this plant could over-winter outdoors in very sheltered areas here in the G.V.R.D. of southwest B.C.
Salvinia is an aggressive invasive species wherever released into the wild in warm-weather regions, including Washington State. Never release non-native plants or animals into the wild, even via your toilet or kitchen sink. Makes great garden mulch, so if you have excess, use around your roses.
The hanging roots trail 5 to 8 cm below the water, making an excellent habitat for fish fry and fresh water shrimp. Salvinia can reduce algae growth by blocking light at the water surface and using up nutrients in the water.
Floating plants can help contain jumping fish, especially at the margins.
15 July 2008
Please cut up and dispose of beverage tabs properly. Birds and
small mammals are often snared and die in these things.
Images taken by C.J.W. Vos at Trout Lake, Vancouver, BC.