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NFC: Re: Orange-spotted sunfish

Theres a few guys that get em periodically...Ive forwarded your note to
them. Im too far south norw to get them any more. Sorry and good luck!!

Robert Rice
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On Thu, 28 Sep 2000 01:16:39 EDT Arrowna at aol_com writes:
>     Dear Mr. Robert Rice
>          I read your article "The orange spotted sunfish as an 
> aquarium 
> species". A
>    Great article, and I agree with your contentions. I would like to 
> see this 
> fish enter the aquarium hobby, Mainstream.
>            Anyway; I've been searching for a place to buy a few but 
> I can't 
> find one. In my search, I came across a company called 
> Pondsolutions. They 
> offer them for $7 a piece with a minimum order of 200. Good Lord!!! 
> I 
> e-mailed them anyway, but haven't received an answer. Another 
> company was 
> "The Native fish company". They offered Them as well, and in lower 
> numbers as 
> well; but, their e-mail address is non-functional.
>         In your article you stated that you send them to friends. Is 
> there a 
> way we could work something out. I would really appreciate it. Also, 
> weather 
> or not you can, it seems you have quite a lot of experience with 
> them as 
> aquarium fish. There are a few details I'm having a hard time 
> finding out 
> about. 1. I understand that they are a pretty territorial fish. I 
> have a 20 
> gal. long aquarium, with four fish, would a ratio of one male to 
> three 
> females be advisable? 2. could I get away with five or six fish with 
> a ratio 
> of 2m/3f or 3m/3f ?  3. Also, I have two 5 gal. aquariums, would a 
> single 
> fish do OK in a tank that small.(I know that in your article you 
> said that 
> you've seen them spawn in 2 and 5 gal. tanks ;but, maintenance can 
> be quite 
> another thing)? 4. I also had a question concerning compatibility. 
> would they 
> do alright with Corydoras, Loaches, Plecostomus' , or Ottocinclus 
> sp.? I 
> think the plecostomus' likely but, the niche I would really like 
> filled is 
> one of gravel cleaner. 5. Are there any natives that would fill 
> these roles 
> adequately? Darters have underslung mouths, but I don't think they 
> would fill 
> the role. besides, I believe that the're river fish. 6. And finally; 
> could 
> guide me to a resource that contains there entire known range. If I 
> do keep 
> them. it will be inevitable that I breed them. that would mean 
> selling the 
> excess to local pet shops. Once seen, I'm sure they would buy them. 
> The thing 
> is, They could easily be sold as pond fish. As the companies listed 
> above 
> undoubtedly do. I personally do not want to be responsible for 
> unleashing a 
> non-native sunfish on the biome. By the way,
> I live In MD.
>         I know I've asked a lot of questions. Thank you. I do 
> appreciate your 
> time. And as for the Orange spots, I'm practically begging!
>                                                     Thank You
>                                                     Paul Jugel
>                                                     Arrowna at aol_com