Collecting and transporting Sculpin
Posted 25 February 2013 - 03:09 PM
I am working on a sculpin tank and was wondering what is the best method for collecting them, and what is the best way tto transport them home. I remember when I was young we had collected some, but they never made it home (unsure why as we only lived like 10 minutes away.) I will use one of my 33 gallon XL's as the base for the tank, heavy flow and filtration (poret matten filter, 55/75 gallon HOB on the same end, and a 3200 gph koralia type powerhead).
Also, what types of tankmates are best for sculpins. I am guessing med sized minnows, but would darters just be food for them?
Posted 25 February 2013 - 04:37 PM
They need lots of oxygen so I recommend not collecting them in the summer or any day that the container might heat up. As for your past experience, I can imagine a bunch of kids and a glass jar with a tight fitting lid... bad plan all around.
Everthing is food for them... if it fits, it ships.
Posted 25 February 2013 - 07:42 PM
Posted 25 February 2013 - 08:44 PM
But keep some smaller common darters and aquatic bugs and they'll be more likely to get them first.
Posted 25 February 2013 - 08:59 PM
6 fantail darters
Ben, if you know of any good sculpin and srbd places we could possibly meet up at that would be awesome.
Edited by NVCichlids, 25 February 2013 - 08:59 PM.
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 06:35 PM
"No thanks, a third of a gopher would merely arouse my appetite..."
Posted 27 February 2013 - 10:46 AM
I would recommend trying some larger dace. I believe Redsides are in your area. Being laterally compressed makes them somewhat less swallow'able IMO. Chubs, stonerollers, and suckers would do just fine with sculpin.
Posted 28 February 2013 - 01:38 AM
Are you going to be chilling the tank? Any sculpin that I've collected in the past stopped eating once the tank temp reached about 70 degrees F.
Posted 28 February 2013 - 01:53 PM
Posted 28 February 2013 - 03:05 PM
[Irate, you still out there buddy?]
Edited by daveneely, 28 February 2013 - 03:05 PM.
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Posted 05 March 2013 - 09:05 AM
Tank is still in the process, the membership is in the works (thanks for the offer of shipping me the sculpins, but I prefer to collect myself. I then get to see where these exact fish will come from, what kind of structure they were around, and the overall sence of pride in catching them myself.) I have wanted SRBD for a while to try to breed. I guess I might end up with darters then instead of sculpin
Posted 05 March 2013 - 11:17 AM
Once you have grown your sculpin to adulthood, 4-6 inches, they will eat anything that fits in their mouths.
Also many things that don't, often resulting in the death of both fish.
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