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Re: NFC: DP Sculpins
I have kept mottled sculpins and they do not like warm conditions, 80
degrees is fatal. There is some variability in temperature tolerance
between sculpin species. For instance, the slimy sculpin is a trout
stream resident, when found in lakes, generally at depths of 300 ft or
more due to temperature preferences the same as trout. Mottled sculpins
are found in warmer areas, including the shores of lakes, indicating
tolerance for warmer temps. Suggest looking for banded and mottled
sculpins in the sothern part of their range (Alabama, Georgia, etc.) to
obtain individuals which are more heat tolerant.
Sculpins seem to do well in an aquarium with a power filter, with a
gravel substrate and rocks for hiding/breeding. They are partial to
large item insects (mayflies, caddis, stoneflies) and other live food.
Due to their sedentary nature and large mouths, they are best kept in a
single species tank as other fish will either eat all the food on them
or become snacks for the sculpins.
Suggest looking for sculpins in areas with small cobble rock, such as
riffle areas, stony areas around the shores of lakes, etc.
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>I've only kept one sculpin and that was many years ago. I really like
>they look and would like to catch and keep them.
>(1) Several years ago, it seems like I read that they will die once
>temperature reaches much above 72 degrees. If that is true, they will
>my home once summer gets here again. Can anyone shed some light on
>(2) I'm interested in any other keeping tips: substrate, food, hiding
>places, stories, tankmates, etc.
>(3) What type of habitat are they normally found in?
>CEFChurch at aol_com
>Indianapolis, Indiana USA
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