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One of these things just doesn't belong...

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Post Mon Jan 20, 2014 12:02 am
eraserbones Level 5 Member
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I was just now peering into a pool in a public garden in Singapore, expecting to see either a) nothing, or b) anabantids, but instead the pool was full of livebearers! And not just gambusia, either -- really nice, colorful guppies and hybrid swordtails.

I'm torn between the obvious travesty of releasing South American fish in tropical Asia vs. being charmed that some city-employee gardener may have prepared this surprise exactly for pond-starers like me.

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Nice shots!
Are you currently still there?
"Semper Fi."

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The Mini Fish Room wrote:
Nice shots!
Are you currently still there?


Yep, until the snow melts :) It's always hard not to pack livestock in my suitcase when I head back to MN...

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Hope you find Singapore very interesting. It's a great place to visit. The food is really nice.

I can understand the feelings about the fish selection. However, Singapore is a small place, so they were probably aiming for the most color intensity per square meter for that garden. I wonder what native fish would have been the most colorful alternative?

It's not quite to the 'travesty' level when releasing South American fish in highly developed and isolated tropical Asian island. Even if the fish could somehow puddle jump to Woodlands during the wettest time of the year, I don't think they could swim across the salt water Straits of Johor from to JB (The causeway is too much of a traffic jam to puddle jump across.) :) :) :)

BTW, There are several aquatic plant farms in Singapore.

The big one is Oriental Aquarium Pte Ltd. (see http://www.aquarticles.com/articles/tra ... ental.html)
They are closed to the public, but occasionally someone is allowed to take photos. You could sound more important by mentioning the Minnesota Aquarium Society and the crazy members who raise tropical aquatic plants when outside is all ice and snow. :)

A smaller one is TEO AQUATIC PLANT FARM. This article says they allow visitors and has directions on how to get there. http://www.aquaticquotient.com/forum/sh ... %80%99s%29

I've been too busy with family events the last few times I've made it to Singapore to pursue visiting those places. But you might have more spare time. There's a directory listing full of interesting places! http://directory.stclassifieds.sg/singa ... 446686782/

Have fun!


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