Re: NANFA-- fish and educational aquariums

Dave Neely (
Sun, 05 Dec 1999 22:14:12 CST


I agree with your concerns about providing a humane environment for the fish
you do capture. Luke indirectly alluded to a valid point when he mentioned
those areas (CA,AZ,WA, etc) where collecting ANY native fish is frowned upon
without a permit. Hey, in some cases you've gotta do what you've gotta do.

That aside, in the Baltimore area (you're still there, right?), why not
include things like Lepomis gibbosus, Etheostoma olmstedi, Noturus insignis
or gyrinus, Cyprinella analostana, and Notropis procne? These ALL do very
well in a simple setup, quickly switch to flake food, are locally abundant,
look cool, stay small, aren't [too] aggressive, and aren't imperiled. The
list of species that meets these criteria is huge- and will vary depending
upon what drainage you're in, obviously. That you should NOT include listed
taxa is just common sense (and an ethical responsibility).

I'm hoping to get back up to MD from 20 Dec to 5-6 Jan... if my vehicle
makes it and there are no other complications. If you are interested in
getting some fish from western MD, let me know and we can try to plan
something. Hopefully it will go better than the Zekiah fiasco ;)


ps, nice pic. I hadn't seen that one...

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