Re: NANFA-L-- A Christmas surprise native fish style

Christopher Scharpf (
Tue, 27 Dec 2005 17:11:30 -0400

In Baltimore, I see natives in the ghost shrimp tanks all the time. Swamp
darter. Bluefin killie. Chrysotus. And some unspecified Notropis.

Chris Scharpf

> 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.
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