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NFC: Setting up tank


I work at a nature center in the Colorado Shortgrass prairie region (okay, 
these days it's mostly subdevelopments...but once upon a time it was 
shortgrass prairie).  We have just under $2500 to set up a native fish tank 
(some one is leaving so we have her salary).  I was planning on just doing a 
180 gal blue gill tank since that is the most suitable fish in our lakes 
(also have pike, largemouth bass, channel cats--these were man-made lakes so 
were stocked with sport fish before we aquired the land).

Does anyone have a complete list of EVERYTHING I will need to buy for this 
project?  I don't really trust the stores to give me a complete list...and 
all my tanks at home are more in the 50 gal range so I'm not used to the 
wet-dry filters.

Also, does anyone have suggestions for better fish representive of NE 
Colorado prairie?  Ideally, I'd like truly native fish.  However, they do 
have to be moderately low maintenance (as much as that can be said for any 
fish :) ) as I'm the only one likely to invest any time in this...and my 
schedule is exceedingly full already.

thanks very much

kristine w massin,
Education Specialist
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