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Re: NFC: Fishy Observations

ohhh flagfin one my ole favs wanns do a deal for a dozen or two ?

Robert Rice NFC  President
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On Tue, 6 Mar 2001 14:48:49 -0600 archimed at netdoor_com writes:
> Last week I took the opportunity on a warm sunny day to try my 
> luck at Westville Creek near Pinola, MS.  This creek is a tributary 
> to the Strong River, which some of you will remember from the 
> Jackson convention.  I was alone, so I did not do any seining, but I 
> had been told by Roy Weitzell (Mississippi Museum of Natural 
> Science) that this was a good spot to find some silverjaw minnows 
> (Ericymba buccata).  Alas, I found none with my dipnet, but I did 
> find two interesting fishes which are new to me.  The first is the 
> rough shiner, Notropis baileyi.  This is a very striking minnow with 
> a 
> prominent black stripe, with a lighter stripe just above it.  These 
> guys are vigorous swimmers, let me tell you!  I found them in 
> shallow pools behind stream obstructions.
> I found no darters in the riffles (the stream bed is mostly sand, 
> with 
> plenty of pebble riffles) but I DID find the shallow, slow-moving 
> areas to be teeming with Etheostoma stigmaeum.  At first I wasn't 
> sure what I had, because almost all of the individuals I found were 
> colorless (by which I mean they had brown blotches).  But I did find 
> one male with some color, which cinched the ID as this species is 
> hard to confuse with anything else.  They have a pale body and 
> bright blue bands along the entire body - spectacular fish!
> The darters, minners, and a few other assorted fishes went into one 
> of my 20g outdoor tanks (the one I set up with an elliptical 
> circulation pattern), which I dosed with nitrofurazone in order to 
> prevent the notorious creeping white rot.  Actually, I used Jungle's 
> "fungus cure", which I discovered quite by accident.  This great 
> product contains two nitrofuran-type antibiotics, some salt, and a 
> touch of KMNO4.  Perfect for preventative medicine.  Anyway, the 
> fishes settled in quite nicely.  The rough shiners were taking food 
> immediately after being placed in their new quarters.  I was a 
> little 
> worried about the darters, but my fear proved unfounded as they 
> now eat bloodworms with evident relish.  Alas, the one brightly 
> colored male leaped to his death within 24 hours - I found his 
> crispy dried body nearby.  At first it seemed that quite a few of 
> the 
> other darters had evaporated in similar fashion, as there didn't 
> seem to be many of them left.  But when feeding time came, they 
> sprang from the woodwork like fleas from a drowning rat!  
> A few small crayfish went into my son's spotted bass tank as food.
> Here's an unrelated tidbit.  I, along with a few others on this 
> list, 
> purchased the Hanna Total Dissolved Solids meter which was (and 
> still is) available for $14.99.  I assumed that I could use this 
> meter 
> as kind of a substitute for a hardness test kit (which I do not 
> own).  
> Although I have had fun with it, nothing could be farther from the 
> truth!  In preparation for collecting more bluenose shiners this 
> spring, I bought some water softener pillows from Mark Binkley 
> (AKA "Jonah") and used them in my indoor 34 gallon native tank.  
> Now, I had previously tested welaka water at 13ppm TDS (!)*, and 
> this tank read around 350ppm, so I thought I needed to soften the 
> water.  The pillow should have removed around 150-200 ppm of 
> hardness, but after the first use the TDS reading had not changed. 
> Ha!, I thought, since it is replacing calcium ions with sodium, what 
> should I have expected?  Indeed, after I recharged the resin and 
> replaced it, still dripping with the strong salt solution I had 
> immersed it in, my TDS level  DOUBLED to over 700ppm within 24 
> hours.  This should have come as no surprise, since the calibration 
> solution sold by Hanna Instruments consists of KCl.  But now it 
> seems I need a hardness test kit after all...
> * For those who are interested, D.O. was a mediocre 7ppm, and 
> pH was an astonishing 9.2 (questionable, since the meter was not 
> calibrated that morning).
> And so it goes.  Maybe I'll hit the streams again tomorrow :-)  I am 
> looking forward to another trip this year with BG for some bluehead 
> shiners (P. hubbsi).  And, of course, my reliable flagfin and 
> bluenose sites are always within easy reach.  But dammit, I still 
> want to find those silverjaws...
> Prost,
> Martin
> Jackson, MS
> -----------------------------------------------------------
> Whenever I see an old lady slip and fall on a wet sidewalk,
> my first instinct is to laugh. But then I think, what if 
> I was an ant, and she fell on me. Then it wouldn't seem
> quite so funny. 

Robert Rice NFC  President
Save those Fishes,  Join the Native Fish Conservancy