Rebuilding the 75 gallon
Posted 16 July 2014 - 09:40 PM
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Posted 11 August 2014 - 09:21 AM
So Sunday, I finally made a trip to Harlan county KY to fish for a Coosa. The SE KY regional biologist gave me a good location that has pure strain M. coosae. He told me that downstream at the lake and below they hybridize with KY bass.
This is Martin's Fork of the Cumberland River
I only fished for a few minutes. My first catch was a large Striped Shiner. After that, I caught two Coosa Bass. The first was the biggest, though not big at all. I quickly put him in the bucket and didn't get a photo. He was about 6-7in long. Here's the second that I caught. This one was a little smaller, maybe 5-6in long.
From my research, the biggest tale on this fish is the white tips on the fin edges. That, along with the red eye and the Smallmouth x Spotted hybrid looking patter on their side is a giveaway.
I must say, it's a beautiful fish. I'm now thinking a big Whitetail shiner or two and a Hogsucker would go well with this fish. Still thinking about a Rock Bass or Longear too, but I'm not sure just yet. I want to see how this fish's demeanor is first.
Posted 11 August 2014 - 12:54 PM
Posted 12 August 2014 - 06:47 PM
Beautiful set up. I love the natural stream look.
That coosa bass is nice looking too. If I ever keep another black bass that's probably the direction I'll take. I'm excited to see how this plays out for you.
Posted 13 August 2014 - 02:23 PM
Thanks for the tips about the rock bass. I was kinda considering that or a Warmouth. What is a good starter food for a Sunfish species? I bought some redworms, but the Coosa hasn't even paid attention to them yet. I know it's early and he may not be interested in food just yet, but I was curious as to what to feed him to get started? I have setup a 10-gal next to it's tank that I'm going to keep small minnows/shiners in for him to eat, but I haven't collected any yet.
Posted 13 August 2014 - 06:55 PM
Posted 13 August 2014 - 11:15 PM
Having the minnow/shiner tank next to him should keep him entertained when he's not eating.
Has your coosa went after the crays you put in the tank yet?
Posted 14 August 2014 - 06:29 PM
Posted 14 August 2014 - 07:33 PM
Back yard red worms or purchased night crawlers are good and tasty. Try them.
Posted 14 August 2014 - 07:39 PM
Posted 14 August 2014 - 09:11 PM
Try them on fish.
I've heard of lemon or tarter sauce on fish but,....................oh well, seriously though, I've actually only had a few of my fish like even backyard worms. Most of them try them and then just spit them out.....sometimes several times, but they usually don't end up eating them. Maybe it's the type of dirt they come from or maybe the worms over on your side of the state taste better. Mostly red clay up on this hill here.
Sorry Matt. I figured you'd be OK with a little joking though.
Posted 14 August 2014 - 09:24 PM
Purchased red worms are typically Eisenia fetida. They are no good for bait or food. They are in fact somewhat toxic. There are many dead reptiles that can attest to this. Fish are usually not interested in them, and will mouth them, and spit them several times before consuming them or leaving them be. Back yard red worms or purchased night crawlers are good and tasty. Try them. Really the cultured red worms are bad news.
It ate two of the worms today. But after hearing this, I'll dump them and get nightcrawlers, do those things really need refrigerated? I just got the red worms because they are smaller and the fish isn't really big. I'd like to start a worm culture in the back yard. Any tips on that worm bedding you can buy at the store?
As a side note, I'm loving the ribbing Matt is getting here. Any more tips for eating worms Matt?
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Posted 14 August 2014 - 09:35 PM
Posted 15 August 2014 - 06:11 AM
I've been keeping a worm culture in a styrofoam container in an unused room in my house for a couple of years so I don't think they require refrigeration, but I don't think they'd do well if it's too hot.
Details. Maintenance? How do you start, etc...
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Posted 15 August 2014 - 08:02 PM
There's probably better ways to do it than what I've got going. I just started with the idea that I'd try to give them something similar to what they have naturally. I've heard that compost piles can make good worm cultures, which I guess is what I've got but on a smaller scale.
I wish I could give you some better or, less vague, information. Mine is a low budget/low maintenance set up. There may be some better ways to improve the yield but I haven't experimented with anythings else.
Posted 17 August 2014 - 01:16 PM
There are plenty of worm recipes on the net. I'm sure those interested can attest.
I think Tennessee still allows the keeping of worms, cockroaches and termites so surely other states do as well..
Posted 17 August 2014 - 05:29 PM
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