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Re: NFC: RE: Native Fish Keeping
Also, if you are going to get serious about native fish it's a good idea to
pick up a copy of Peterson's Field Guide to Freshwater fish. Go to the NFC
website and click on the Amazon.com button, when you order, and the NFC
gets a percentage of the sale.
You didn't specify, but are you looking to replace the tropicals with
natives, or mix them together? As Paul mentioned things can get a little
tricky when mixing them. I had assumed that you would be removing the
Bet you had fun :)
The fish should be fine as you say, pull them inside before the tank has a
chance of freezing solid.
As for mixing fish:
This has always been the part which takes the most thought. All fish have
behavior which makes them more or less suitable for a community tank such
your 125. In general catfish - minnows are suited for a community tank.
mixing them in and introducing them on a first name basis to your
fish (if they are community fish) should be easy.
Although, you may not have minnows :) So, identification is a good idea.
Also watch their behavior... (native I mean) and go to the library or
the net and find info on the fish :) There's a bunch of pics at NFC =
www.nativefish.org 's got a great pic archive, and some great info!
From: owner-nfc at actwin_com [mailto:owner-nfc at actwin_com]On Behalf Of
Sent: Wednesday, August 30, 2000 8:45 AM
To: nfc at actwin_com
Subject: NFC: Native Fish Keeping
My grandchildren collected 7 minnows and three catfish minnows while we
at the lake last week. I have them in a 15 gal tank on the patio. All are
doing good I will soon have to bring the tank inside before it starts to
freeze outside. I live in northwest New Jersey. Can I wait until frost
then bring them inside? Will I have a problem with the catfish? This is
first attempt with wild caught fish. I have a 125 gal. fresh water
fish, I would like to convert it to native fish, as the Fish get larger
can I introduce them to the larger tank?