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Caton
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PostPosted: 2010.02.01(Mon)23:14    Post subject: Coldwater tank help Reply with quote

Okay, so I was thinking about breeding B/N pleco's but it seems as though that will never happen, so could I keep in my 30g tank some form of goldfish with maybe 5 WCMM? I want it to be a coldwater tank, can I keep MTS in a coldwater tank?
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PostPosted: 2010.02.01(Mon)23:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just thought of this, what about 2-3 bluegill? Or I think I can catch some kind of minnow in a creek near by.
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PostPosted: 2010.02.02(Tue)15:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

A 30 gallon would be too small for a Bluegill, let alone 2 or 3 of them. However, your original plan of a Goldfish and a shoal of White Clouds is fine. With Goldfish, make sure you have a great filter as they are massive waste producers. On the type of Goldfish, I would go with some sort of Fancy. This variety is well suited for aquarium life as opposed to others.
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PostPosted: 2010.02.02(Tue)19:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I'd scratch the bluegill idea. Tank is too small for them after a a year or so of age. You don't have to steer clear from native completely though.
If you don't mind paying for them, I can give you some reputable contacts for purchasing natives. If you are want sunfish, you can go with dollar sunfish (aggressive) or orangespotted sunfish(docile) or bantam(docile) that max out around 4 inches. Or the smaller (but harder to feed) Bluespotted, banded, blackbanded sunnies.

If want to start natives, I'd say go with the minnows. you may be able t find some in a baitshop this spring.

Otherwise I say go with a big group of white clouds - they were one of my favorite fish when I kept them. And maybe a few loaches (weather/dojo) to keep it with an Asian theme. Java fern and the like.
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PostPosted: 2010.02.03(Wed)0:29    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am wanting to start with native mostly because: It will be my first native, they look "prehistoric", and are coldwater so I don't have to buy a heater Laughing

If I get minnows can I just get them from a local creek and also how many of them? Again, can I keep MTS in coldwater?
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PostPosted: 2010.02.03(Wed)6:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am only familiar with fishes of the eastern US, not that far west/north. I can't really help. But if you know what watershed you are in, you can look here and find it.
http://www.natureserve.org/getData/dataSets/watershedHucs/index.jsp
Click on your watershed and a list of species will come up. These lists are accurate, but only include the native fishes. They do not include introduced species (such as bluegill, redears, green sunfish, and baitfish like red shiners, golden shiners, or sticklebacks). You may be able to find these where they have been introduced. That is also why I recommended a baitshop, b/c they will have US native (although they may not be native to your area).
The only problem with that part of the country is you are (for the most part) limited to the Salmonids and the sculpins. While sculpin make very interesting aquarium specimens, they prefer cold, highly oxygenated water and will eat anything that will fit into that huge mouth of theirs. You may have a the olympic mudminnow or some sort of dace/shiners, but you will have to see.

If you do decide to go out and explore/catch your own. Brush up on ID skills or go out with someone who does, and make sure you have read your regulations and have the proper license, permit, collecting gear, etc.
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PostPosted: 2010.02.03(Wed)11:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds good. I clicked on the methow river which is nearest to my house and found one fish that may be suited to aquarium life but am not sure, it is the Northern Pikeminnow, do you have any information on this fish?
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PostPosted: 2010.02.03(Wed)11:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just found one more, the Longnose Dace, it only grows to about 6ins. says wikipedia but I may have to get a powerhead for a current as they live in fast moving streams.
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PostPosted: 2010.02.03(Wed)12:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scrap the pikeminnows - way too big.

Longnose dace are good aquarium species but are very bad at jumping. They also are finicky about water parameters, so very clean, clear and cold water is good. They are very bad about leaping out of the tank. so a tight lid and a powerhead is a must. The powerhead keeps them 'focused' and they will not try to leap near your powerfilter to 'try and find more water upstream'.

So do some research on the legality of keeping / catching fish in your area then we can discuss collecting techniques. These guys are in swift water, and the best way to get them is with a minimum of two people. I'll go into deeper detail once you make a decision and find out about the laws and legality for Washington.
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PostPosted: 2010.02.03(Wed)12:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, so assuming I can catch the dance due to laws and I find where they are at in the river, what would be needed for them to thrive in my tank and how do I keep the temp cool during the summer months?
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