Friday, February 9, 2018
Original playout date: 28 July 2007
The tankful of Ameca splendens or the butterfly goodeid, which has often been in the background of my videos is the central focus in this film in which I explain the project.
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|Video number in my collection||69|
|Production date:||24 July 2006|
|Playout date:||24 July 2006|
|Post Production:||Windows Movie Maker – slight use|
|Location:||Home, George’s Room|
|Soundtrack info:||“Here, there and everywhere” by Paul McCartney – karaoke version.|
|Animals featured:||Convict cichlids, Archocentrus nigrofasciatus|
|Date added here:||26 September 2010|
|Number of days this video was up at time of posting:||1 525|
|Number of views at time of posting:||4 990|
|Number of views per day:||3,3|
|Number of comments at time of posting (don’t forget to click through to read the comments!):||22|
|Comments per thousand views:||4,4|
|Likes at time of posting:||6|
|Dislikes at time of posting:||2|
|Likes to dislikes ratio:||3,0|
|Votes per thousand views:||1,6|
|Ratio of comments to votes:||275%|
I can’t watch this and other films of fishes who have since passed on – which in the main they do eventually, without a mixed set of feelings. On the one hand I’m sad that they are no longer here, but on the other the video means that in a sense they live forever.
This was a rogue couple of convicts in the end. Despite the usual claims of good brood care, this pair got to a small clutch of fry about 5 times and on each occasion shortly afterwards ate the lot.
In the first case, I had bought the convict thinking it was a female as my female sajica had died and I couldn’t find a female sajica, but the male sajica will mate with a female nigrofasciatus as they are both Archocentrus. However, despite what the fish-shop owner said (sometimes the bigger expert they seem the more they are making it up as they go along) the convict turned out to be male. He ended up being punished badly by the sajica, so I put him half-dead into another tank with goldfish in. He recovered and killed most of the goldfish before we were even aware of it. So I had to put him back with the sajica. This time, after having had the practice, he killed the sajica. After that I needed to find him a female, which took a long time to do. Here you see the introduction. The pair lived together for a year happily, but George started to get into the tank. It was summer, so we put their tank outside. They were happy in the sunshine too, but one day got too hot for them – which I never expected to happen. They are, after all, from Costa Rica. A sad end, but at least I’ll know to do things differently next time.