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Re: NFC: studfish

Hi Matt

     I keep quite a few Southern studfish (F. stelifer). I don't know if
they feed the same way your Northerns do, but I always start them on
freeze-dried bloodworms at night. I keep them in with a few shiners &
sunfish. I feed them flake food in the morning. At first they ignore it,
but after awhile they seem to take a cue from the shiners, and soon they're
eating it too. Hope this helps.

Steven A. Ellis
Kennesaw, GA

At 04:41 PM 6/16/00 EDT, you wrote:
>I'm a first time contributor to the message list but have browsed it for
>time now. I was hoping someone out there could help me out. Last week I was 
>up in the Arkansas Ozarks and captured a handful of very large (~7")
>catenatus in a small river by sight-fishing with an ultra-light rod and
>no less! Anyway, I have them back at home in a tank with some plants. They 
>are going through the spawning procedures, since my water is slightly warmer 
>than what they were captured in. I have them feeding on dried Gammarus from 
>Wal-Mart but want to vary their diet. I need a thumbs up or thumbs down on 
>grabbing a handful of critters from outside and serving them up to the 
>studfish. The Dallas area is pretty dry this time of year, but I am hoping 
>showers will drive red worms to the surface. Since I caught the guys on 
>'crawlers, they should be fine, right? Would washing them first help? Any 
>other hints on northern studfish procreation are greatly appreciated!
>Matt Berg