Re: NANFA-- NANFA- size requirements for brook stickleback?

Brian Bastarache (
Thu, 21 Sep 2000 17:29:27 -0400

At the Natural History Center I have three 60 gallon tanks that represent
an esturine habitat. The first is dedicated to mummichogs, Fundulus
hetroclitus. The second has Sheephead minnows(Cyprinodon variegatus), a
few inland silversides (Menidia beryllina), some little rainwater killies
(Lucania parva) and 4 or 5 Three-spine stickebacks (Gasterosteus
aculeatus). The third tank has a seahorse (Hippocampus erectus), a cpuple
of pipefish (Sygnathus fuscus), some juvi winter flounder
(Psuedopleuronectes americanus ), half dozen fourspine stickleback(Apeltes
quadricus)and ninespine stickles (Pungitius pungitius).

The stickles are some of my favorites. They seem to hard to keep wieght
on, even though the feed voraciously on a variety of frozen foods and live
brine shrimp. The threespines color up in the spring and show some nest
building behavior.

Brian Bastarache
(New England Chapter-NANFA)
Briatol County Natural History Center

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