RE: NANFA-L-- ID of Sunfish and Taking Pictures

Crail, Todd (tcrail-in-UTNet.UToledo.Edu)
Sun, 15 Jan 2006 23:13:56 -0500

Hi Dean,

Fishes of Tennessee has the best juvie Lepomid plates I've seen. You could
get it through the library and get a scan of it (at Kinkos if you don't have a
scanner). Everything else I've seen is, as Dave said, pretty crappie (sorry
couldn't resist ;)

This is the $64 million question... The answer is basically, take a lot of
photos and see where you come out. I try to shoot through thick glass like
that, and sometimes it works.

However, catching them and putting them in small photo tanks is probably the
easiest. A 2 1/2 gallon is $10, and you can get a piece of glass or even cut
your own plexi for cheap. I usually just take my time and try to get the fish
into position by harrassing it (better color that way ;) with a chopstick, but
there are many times I really wish I'd just break down and get a piece of

The other trick... Use sunlight. You just can't beat it.

There are a few different online places... I'd be glad to put pictures up on
the NANFA website in a folder specifically for the e-list (This goes for
anyone on the list). I'll be getting more involved again here in the next
month, so I feel I can say I'd be responsive enough to offer to do that.

The Muddy Maumee Madness, Toledo, OH
It's never too late to have a happy childhood.


From: on behalf of
Sent: Sun 1/15/2006 8:15 PM
Subject: NANFA-L-- ID of Sunfish and Taking Pictures

Hello all! I am in need of help identifying some sunfish I have in my 110 gal
tank. I know I have a single pumpkinseed. I also four others that seem to
resemble a pumpkinseed but also have other traits that indicate maybe
redbreast, redear or outside chance a bluegill. The fish are young, being
about 7-8 months and are about 3 inches long. The pumpkinseed came from the
Chiques Creek, a tributary of the Susquehanna here in Lancaster County. The
other four came from Grubb Lake, a 6 acre flooded open pit iron ore mine here

So, my questions are:

1. What are some good sources for identifying these?

2. How the heck do you take a good picture of these nosy fish? I've been
trying with my Nikon Coolpix 4600 but they keep coming nose on to the camera.

3. Assuming I can get pics, where can I post them for people to see?
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