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NFC: ID of Some Fish
Thanks for all the replies about finding the "North
American Native Fishes for the Home Aquarium". I will be looking
on e-bay for the book.
I sent an earlier introductory e-mail but its seems to have never
gotten to the list, so here it is again.
I name is Steve Pituch, from Katy, TX, near Houston. I have been
working with aquatic plants in my aquariums for about two years.
About a month ago my son (John) and I started looking around for
indigenous aquatic plants to use in my aquariums. It took a while
but eventually I found some swordplants, ludwiga, nitella, and
sagitaria. While we were doing this, we noticed the fish in the
water. The first week we got some guppy-like fish using a jar. I
think they are Mosquito fish. But we had seen some red in the
water so we knew there were other species we couldn't catch. The
following week we brought a net and caught a few fish that someone
said were Red Shiners. Last week we used a minnow trap and caught
about 40 Red Shiners, and 10 are a deeper red. We also caught 3
fish that are not shiners. I have pictures of them at:
These fish are slimmer, more torpedo like, and have broader and
rounder heads than the shiners. I would appreciate if someone
could tell me what kind of fish they are. They like to stay on
the bottom of the tank.
Also check out the July 1 expedition page that shows the Red
If anyone in the Houston area would like to compare notes on the
locations of fish and aquatic plants, please pipe up. I am
planning on looking around the area again this weekend.
My goal is to eventually have my 75 gallon tank stocked with just
indigenous plants and fish.
Steve Pituch, in TX
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