NANFA-L-- A Christmas surprise native fish style

matt ashton (
Tue, 27 Dec 2005 13:18:51 -0800 (PST)

So I am back home in the Northeastern Ohio area for the hoildays and sprucing up some of the small fish tanks in my parents house that my younger sisters woefully neglect. I headed up to the nearest pet store in town for a few of the basics, which took me unfortunately to a Pet Supplies Plus. After about 10 minutes of waiting to get someone to get me feeder fish and some Elodea I am scoping out the tank of Ghost Shrimps wondering if the Pumpkinseed might like a few of those. I look a little more in depth-in-the tank because there are a few stray fish in it and what do I find, but 2 or 3 are what I am pretty sure to be Swamp Darters on first glance. It blew me away and I was giddy about it. There were also two small possibly female killies which as a family I'm not to familiar with ID'ing on the fly. I know they werent catenatus or notatus or olivacius. So I asked if I could 'buy' those 'feeder' fish that came in with the Ghost Shrimp and the guy was quite baffled. He tried
looking for a price in their inventory book and I was trying to lightly explain that he wasn't going to find a price for them because they are natives and probably came in with the shimpment. It was hilarious to see him try and net these two killies with about a 2" net, which he ultimatley couldnt do. But I came home with two of the darters for TWENTY CENTS! MERRY CHRISTMAS to me! Now I just need to figure out if I am going to attempt and how to attempt to bring these fish back on the plane to Tennessee in a week.

Currently Lakewood Ohio - Rocky River Drainage
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