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Re: NFC: Fw: Native fish to add?
I have about 8 small pupfish in a 30 gallon tank right now. I
believe they are Sheepshead minnows which are apparently distantly
related to your flag fish. I am using the Petersons book as a
reference. Apparently the Sheepshead minnow is the Texas version
of the flagfish. One is about 2 inches long and the rest are about
1.25 inches long.
I have some Red shiners, Creek chubs, killies, and Mosquito fish
in the tank also. It is heavily planted with native sword
plants. Although the pupfish seem to try to show off to each
other and the other fish, none of them seem to get hurt.
I have a lot of bladderwort floating on the surface with baby
Mosquito fish in the tank.
A lot of the people from the planted aquaria list use the flagfish
as an algae eater in their tanks. I wonder if the flagfish will
feel less threatened if there were more hiding places due to a
I even have a tank with some ferocious looking sunfish or bass
that I caught last week (less than 2 inches long). With a lot of
plants in the tank they don't seem to want to go after the other
I am a little bit different in that I also collect the local
plants when I go on my "expeditions". See my tanks at
http:/users.ev1.net/~spituch/. The 30 gal tank is furnished
totally with local plants and fish, and was my entry in the
Aquatic Gardeners Association Planted Aquaria Contest this year in
the Biotope category.
Local swordplants would be great for your tank. Look for the ones
submersed in shallow water. However, in the past twenty years I
was not able to grow swordplants in gravel. I finally was
successful after reading Diana Walstad's book, "Ecology of the
Planted Aquarium", and switched to a soil substrate. As an added
benefit the tank is now a lot more algae resistant. You can also
cut down a plastic dixie cup and place garden soil in the cup,
push the roots of the plant into the soil and then place a half
inch layer of gravel on top to keep the soil from clouding the
It could be the flag fish are just too murderous, but I think that
putting more fish in the tank and heavily planting it will calm
them down. I tend to put whatever fish I catch and whatever
plants I find in a holding tank for observation and
identification. Of the half dozen species I've found so far,
luckily they have all adapted to life in a community tank.
---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Joshua Wiegert" <JLW at dune_net>
Reply-To: nfc at actwin_com
Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2001 21:39:20 -0400
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>----- Original Message -----
>From: Tamara Wilbur <twilbur at usbiosystems_com>
>To: <JLW at DUNE_NET>
>Cc: <PREDISENT at NATIVEFISH_ORG>
>Sent: Monday, October 01, 2001 11:41 AM
>Subject: Native fish to add?
>> My name is Tamara and I work for an environmental firm so I
>> natural to bring a tank to work and fill with native fish. It
is a 10
>> gallon, I put play sand in the bottom, I have a mangrove
looking faux wood
>> piece and 4 Florida Flagfish. What fish would you suggest I add
>> will not torment? I ask because I also HAD a mosquito fish and
>> I would also like help on native plants and how to obtain both
>> fish. It seems the area fish stores are not interested in
>> Thank you,
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