Re: NANFA-L-- California Natives - They're All Threatened or

Jerry Baker (
Sat, 27 Aug 2005 07:18:33 -0700

Getting some "easier" native species is not possible since collecting
any fish in California requires a permit issued by the Department of
Fish and Game (except game fish). It will all be of equal hassle.

I have successfully bred boring tetras and other tropical fish, but
nothing native to California.

Peter Unmack wrote:
> On Wed, 24 Aug 2005, Joel Healy wrote:
>> That brings me to my main point: How do I get good enough-in-captive
>> care to delude myself into believing that I am doing the fish a favor?
> Get some fish and start trying to breed them!! Different genera and or
> families have different requirements. Start with easier stuff. What's
> easy is going to depend on where you live, temperatures, space and what's
> available. Main thing is to learn live food culture techniques and
> experience in trying to raise fry. Once you have that down then
> everything gets a lot easier, all you have to do then is get the fish to
> breed!
> One thing that could be good is a page on the website for "beginners"
> natives that aren't too difficult to breed. Red shiners and fathead
> minnows are two that come to mind, some of the killies and livebearers.
> Best bet for finding out information is to use the search feature on the
> website, that should find any relevant articles and posts to this NANFA
> list which go back over 6 years. Then try google in general, then try
> asking on the list. There are also some books that might have information
> too, but again depends on your interests and where you live.
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