Re: NANFA-L-- Sucker tank

Subject: Re: NANFA-L-- Sucker tank
From: Mark (nanfa at
Date: Mon Oct 25 2004 - 19:36:30 CDT

There is definitely a difference between species in their ability to
thrive in aquaria. White suckers (Catostomus commersoni) and chub
suckers (Erimyzon sp) have done well for me with no special care,
other than choosing non-aggressive tankmates for them. Todd and
Nick, remember that one single chubsucker we got in south-central
Ohio, it must have been over a year ago? Well I have it here in
California now and it is doin' fine. Been through a lot too. So
suckers are do-able, and I encourage devoted aquarists to experiment
and record your findings for our general knowledge base. I'll be
happy to post any write-ups to my web site. The NANFA site would be
a good place too.

Young redhorses tend to be very delicate and difficult to collect and
transport safely and acclimate. Shorthead redhorses seem a little
easier than others. Hogsuckers are an enigma. I suppose they need a
very consistent supply of high quality feed along with high water
quality, but that's just a guess. I have kept spotted suckers for
long periods, but they need good food too.

Conejo Creek drainage
California USA

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