Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

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Tuesday, April 06, 2010


Taking White Cloud Mountain by Strategy

Our Hong Kong mixed coolwater tank has been a mixed success. Some fish have done well there - indeed thrived - whereas the others (notably the Oriental bitterlings that we set the tank up for in the beginning) have been far less succesful, and the swan mussels have been an unmitigated disaster. However, taking a new tack, we have introduced some more White Cloud Mountain minnows and two pairs of paradise fish to see what happens....


Retrieverman said...

To get the full effect of your childhood in Hong Kong, I'd get a Hodgson's porcupine.

I've read that a feral colony of them might exist near Dartmoor.

stormwalkernz said...

Well Jon you have bone it as well here as the pet shop has white clouds in and im in the process of sneaking a small colony into the house and setting up another tank just for them. Wish me luck.


Syd said...

I speak now as probably the only fish keeper in the world, who cannot manage to keep guppies & neon tetras alive.
I had a try at keeping White Cloud Mountain minnows some time back, but without success - they all seemed to think it was a great idea to die and become food for their tank mates within a couple of weeks.