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Old 10-02-2014, 11:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey, thanks to Heypk, I collect wild plant specimens. I'm sad to know that he is no longer with us. So, now that I am back in my old stomping grounds I am able to collect specimens from relatively pristine habitats on my family's property. I have a biotope tank with some J. repens and U. gibba. Livestock includes G. affinis and, Elasoma sp. fry. I would like to shift gears a bit though. I have an unused 26g bowfront not in use at the moment. I'm thinking something like S. subulata(emmergent or, submergered - I'm partial to either form), L. repens, J. repens, U. gibba, L. cardinalis. There are a few others that I have seen growing emergent around here that I haven't identified yet. I'll post a picture soon to see if I can get some help with an ID to see if it's suitable too. I've had success in the past using 19:1 water\bleach mix for two minutes. While I'm thinking about it I do occasionally still have some brown hair algae(is this a thing) on J. repens after the bleach bath, never Ludwigia though - how should I address this? Anyway, I would like this tank to be dutch style(heavily planted with different shades of greens, and some red/purples). So, with these plants what amount of lighting am I looking at and, I'm only going to have the G. affinis in here unless I can catch some species of small shiner or, a pygmy sunfish. Any thoughts and comments are appreciated!!
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Old 10-15-2014, 06:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I know this maybe a old-ish thread, but I have no clue about latin names, so I maybeable to help if you post common names, and in a 26g here's some native fish for ya, bluefin killifish, banded killifish, swamp darter(slow moving water), misc darters, mosquitofish, mud minnows, sliversides, ghost shrimp, ppygmy sunfish, madtoms, green/wild sailfin mollies, sheepshead minnow, small longear sunfish, all should do fine in your tank and most are really colorful once settled in.
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Thanks for the reply, I have Western mosquitofish in a 20g long right now(G. affins) with some Lepomis(bluegill) fry. Some Juncus grass(Juncus repens), Anacharis, and Utricularia with leaf litter and driftwood. There is a creek up the road from my house that I've seen some fish besides mosquitofish that I haven't had a chance to collect and identify as of yet. Are you familiar with the East Miss. area?
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Your welcome,I have kept/bred eastern mosquitos, only difference is appearence, if you get some pics of the fish I can probaly tell, the bluegill will need a 40g breeder or 55g I think, no, but not that far from whe i am amiliar with most if floridas native fish.
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Okay cool. I grew up in Gainesville. I actually have a 55g in storage at the moment I was going to use as the mosquitofish biotope tank when I move next month. That will be perfect. Thanks so much.
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Oh ok, I have lived all over florida. Fyi mosquitofish can be bad fin nippers, mine almost killed each other.
That kinda looks like a stickleback, or a young sunfish or similar.
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