Re: NANFA-- MA Reg. Trip(s)

Steven A. Ellis (
Thu, 25 May 2000 22:28:28 -0400


I saw my first mummichogs last week when I visited the Baltimore
aquarium. Cool fish, but are they suitable for community tanks, or do you
have to keep them by themselves?

Steven A. Ellis
Kennesaw, GA

At 09:21 PM 5/25/00 -0500, you wrote:
>Re: Mummichogs,
> As Bruce said, these are some determined fishes. It is common for
>people to use them as live fish bait. Instead of keeping them in live
>wells or tanks, they simply put them on wet seaweed and put them in the
>fridge! They live for days...OUT OF THE WATER...on the wet seaweed. I
>have personally took them from full strength seawater and put them into
>"full strength" freshwater, with no ill effects. Did I mention living in
>putrefied water, sewage, overheated high marsh ditches, etc...
> Like Patrick said (they filled his traps), we seine quite a bit, and at
>times we have caught so many that we could no longer pull the seine, or
>land it on the beach. We would have to let half the load out! We have
>several species of Fundulus in the New England region, The Striped
>Killifish (F. majalis), the Banded Killifish (F. diaphanus), the Spot-Fin
>Killifish (F. luciae [at the extreme end of it's range]), and of course
>the Mummichog (F. heteroclitus). All are very pretty fish, especially
>male mummichogs in breeding colors. They are tank hardy, eat anything,
>and are not at all demanding. The Spot-fin's I have noticed can be a
>little sensitive (and Bruce would know this better) probably due to their
>natural history of living high on the marsh, in crazy water/temp/salinity
> "Catcher of the Mummies"
> Rick Rego.

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