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14-06-2011

Killifish: at ONU straight from the tropics

 The anniversary X exhibition “Killifish – 2011”, organized by the Slavic Club of Oviparous Killifish Fans (“SCOKF”), featured approximately 300 species of rare locarium catfish and killifish. Hundreds of fish tanks, inhabited by fish colored with all tints of the rainbow, turned the I.I. Mechnikov ONU Building on French boulevard into a tropical basin. There were newly discovered, not yet described species among featured specimens.
“This one we caught in 2010 in Tanzania, - says the “SCOKF” director Sergei Torgashev, pointing at the little red-and-white fish. The main character of the story moves its flippers and “kisses” the tank’s glass wall. – We are incredibly lucky to be in the right place and at the right time: this species lives in shallow water basins, which  dry out for the most part of the year, or integrate with other ecosystems during the rainy season.”
  Killifish live in the tropical and equatorial regions of Africa, America and Asia. Thanks to the brightness and relative unpretentiousness they are very popular among aquarium fans. One of the interesting distinctions of oviparous killifish is that their eggs could remain viable for half a year without water, so aquariumists often send them to each other via regular mail.
  Killifish got their name due to their discoverers from The Netherlands. These fishes were found in small streams, and then called with the Dutch word “kilde”, meaning a small stream, puddle.
  The exhibit was not the only event in the sequence. The educating seminar “Problems of modern aquarium husbandry”, organized at the I.I. Mechnikov ONU by the “SCOKF” and the Ukrainian club of lokarium fish fans “L-Amazonia”.
 

The press service of the I.I. Mechnikov ONU

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