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Re: Three-spine sticklebacks and other folk

Hello Kathleen,

I would be very careful when collecting stickleback in California, as there
is an endangered subspecies there.  Perhaps you should research that before
venturing forth to collect more.  You might be collecting a hefty fine as

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-----Original Message-----
From: Dale Dodson <dale at internet-frontier_net>
To: nfc at actwin_com <nfc at actwin_com>
Date: Thursday, September 24, 1998 12:09 AM
Subject: Three-spine sticklebacks and other folk

>Hello folks,
>     I've started out my native fish adventure with three refugees from
>a dried-up creek in Northern California.  I've decided two of the fish
>are three-spine sticklebacks.  The third is currently a mystery.  The
>person who saved it sniffed 'squawfish', but the mouth faces downwards
>more like a suckerfish.  It's only an inch long so I guess I'll have to
>wait.  The three fish currently share a 55-gallon for now.  My question
>is really about the sticklebacks.  I have been feeding them frozen brine
>shrimp and glass worms.  The larger one spends most of his time pounding
>the snot out of the smaller one.  They both have developed nice
>rosey-colored breasts so I believe they are both males.  Are they so
>territorial that they cannot share a 4-foot long tank?  Is there
>anything I can do the allieviate the situation like add more objects or
>plants?  I would like to add females next year(if I can find them).  Has
>anyone had success in keeping sticklebacks?  Thanks.