When i first stepped into this basement shop a couple of years ago i knew instantly that i had found something special. Row after row of small containers with aquatic life all in perfect eco balance achieved by controlling factors like exact population, amount of food added, acidity (with alder cones/leaves), snails for cleaning and of course insane amounts of knowledge. No pumps or filters! One of the most fantastic creatures found here are the descendants of egglaying toothcarps collected from hazardous expeditions in war plagued Sudan. The first $20.000 expedition apparently failed. These beautiful humble fish lay their eggs in the bottom peat sediment and die only days later. The peat containing their eggs is then stored in darkness slowly drying out for almost twelve months and then woken up and hatched simply by adding water. This ”diapause” is crucial so simulating an annual African drought is the only way breeding them.

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