Re: NANFA-- School teacher needs help

Bruce Stallsmith (
Sat, 30 Nov 2002 11:17:14 -0500

Hi Michael, you have an admirably ambitious plan. I've been working with K-8
teachers in north Alabama, and I know that good teachers are trying to
integrate more hands-on biology into their classes.

On a technical note, if you're looking for natives for your 55 gal. tank
that can deal with cichlids and warmer temperatures, look for striped
shiners, Luxilus chrysocephalus. They're large (up to 4 inches and more),
active, and will eat anything offered. They can be found in north Georgia;
mebbe Steven or myself can forward some to you. Or, check out some of the
smaller Lepomis sunfish like the Dollar or Spotted which are both found in
southern/eastern GA. I guarantee that Dollars won't be easily intimidated!

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL, US of A

>From: m c <>
>Subject: Re: NANFA-- School teacher needs help Date: Fri, 29 Nov 2002
>19:29:39 -0800 (PST)
>--- wrote:
> > I have been exchanging e-mail with a teacher in
>The 55 gal is probably the most interesting. I am
>stocking this planted tank around Rainbowfish. They
>are large enough to be seen from the back of the room,
>the species can be determined by the color, and they
>are peaceful. The lesson plan almost writes itself:
>"One fish, Two fish, Red fish, Blue fish: Divergent
>Evolution". But I haven't found any yet (if anyone
>would care to help correct that).
>>The tough one is the 55. Given the nature of the
>cichlids and rainbowfish planed for that tank, the
>only fish that I can think of would be the larger type
>(3-5 in) of sailfin molly found in LA or some dace or
>shiner from FL or TX. Anyone have a suggestion for a
>native that can deal with 78 F year round and hold
>their own in a tank with the bottom dominated by
>territorial cichlids and the mid and upper water
>occupied with shoaling 3-5 inch fish, who also won't
>eat the plants?
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