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DIVING IN THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

Diving in the Galapagos is not for beginners . We recommend you to go for advanced divers. Conditions for diving from moderate to challenging due to currents. depth. the temperature of the water and abundant wildlife. BUT! Those who wish to obtain their PADI can enjoy diving with sea lions, manta rays, watching the colorful fish in coastal waters.

Water temperature the water Temperature at the sea surface from 18 to 30 degrees Celsius.September – November are the coldest months, February – March – April – the warmest. A thermocline is a regular occurrence at a depth of 10-30 m.

Most likely You will dive with medium-strong currents (1-4 miles per hour or 4-6 mph). Likely to occur when the diver picks up surface flow.

Relax, take positive buoyancy and signal to those who remained on the boat. If you are in a group, ride together.

From July to December to the shores of the Galapagos Islands from the South – East comes within the Humboldt during the warm season( January – June) from the East comes the Panama current.

Visibility of 30 metres is not uncommon in the waters of the Galapagos. In many dive sites you can expect visibility of 15-25 m. In some areas at certain times from the abundance of plankton, the water is green. Continue reading

Catfish Panda Corydoras panda

The Panda catfish is a loveable, friendly fish. Inhabits the upper Amazon river in the basin of the river Ucayali in Peru. Can live both in clean and turbid waters of streams and tributaries, often floats on the surface of the sandy bottom. In this region the rivers are fed by melt water flowing down from the snow-capped Andes, because the tetras hiding Panda accustomed to the rapid flow and relatively low temperature ( about 19 ° C).

The catfish on the body attractive figure with a combination of dark and light stripes, resembling the coloration of the giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) . which gave its name to the fish. This catfish is the best choice for a beginner, it is peaceful, hardy and easily kept and bred. Corydoras panda was very expensive and was in great demand when first appeared in the late 1970s. the popularity remains the same still, but now it has become much more accessible.

Panda catfish are Armored catfish – they have two rows of Horny scales along the body. The genus name is from the Greek words Cogu – and helmet Doras – skin. The fish has a dense and flattened laterally body with a high back. The upper and lower jaws of the mouth of the lower pair of antennae. The dorsal fin is bilobed, black, with transparent upper edge; in females — rounded, the male’s is pointed and longer. The other fins are yellowish. The body is orange-coricnevogo with wide black stripes around the eyes fish, and on the basis of the caudal fin.

Tetras hiding Pandas are omnivorous and will not give you much trouble in feeding. As foods it is possible to use specialised dry feed (pellets, flakes), and also can give live and frozen food – Tubifex, Daphnia, Artemia, bloodworm. Continue reading

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