Posted 01 March 2015 - 11:31 PM
Should we seed the tank with some sort of fresh water coppods as well?
Also is there anyone here from SW Michigan that can tell me where we could go to fish for grass pickerel since they are native in the state?
Our goal is to catch every species over time. I know that will take some time as we would have to eventually travel to Italy and the Amur River after I retire. Kind of a bucket list thing for me to do with my son.
Anyway thanks for the help.
Posted 02 March 2015 - 08:05 AM
Welcome to the forum.
I really think father-son projects like this are great. I kept a small pickerel for a while at the begging of my son. They can be a lot of fun and I think you will be OK in a 30 since many esox do not really cruise around the aquarium much... they usually just relax until dinner time. I dont think you have to seed with copapods... but I would set up the aquarium now with the endlers and let them get established and let them help establish the biological filter for your tank. That way everything will be ready when your esox is ready to go in. I would also set up a separate tank to breed guppies in... you are eventually going to need a lot of guppies.
Posted 02 March 2015 - 12:35 PM
Brian J. Zimmerman
Gambier, Ohio - Kokosing River Drainage
Posted 02 March 2015 - 02:33 PM
Posted 08 March 2015 - 08:33 AM
Keep in mind that these are some of the very most enthusiastic jumpers. I've had one jump over seven inches out of the water to his death.
If the decision isn't already made, I'd recommend keeping only one. They will eat each other, even at fairly similar sizes.
Posted 12 March 2015 - 09:28 PM
They are doing great. Colors are improving daily and they have massacred all the guppy fry that were dropped yesterday.
Posted 14 March 2015 - 10:05 AM
There is some disagreement on the long-term benefits of salt, and most I think agree with you about skipping it. There is generally agreement that salt can reduce the immediate stress of capture and transport though, because it helps mitigate the ionic loss from the fish's stress reaction which can be damaging if it is prolonged, such as by going from stream to net to bare-bottomed collection bucket, or mailing.
I would not add anything at this point if they are doing well, but I agree it would have been a good idea when they were taken out of the bag.
Posted 14 March 2015 - 08:11 PM
Saddle Lake is another good one.
Posted 14 March 2015 - 09:04 PM
If you want to make it harder - your bucket list might look like this if youre counting subspecies, forms/mutations & propagated hybrids:
This is my Pike Species Bucket List:
1. Grass Pickerel Esox americanus vermiculatus
2. Redfin Pickerel Esox americanus americanus
3. Chain Pickerel Esox niger
4. Northern Pike Esox lucius
5. Northern Pike (European) Esox lucius
6. Silver Pike Esox lucius mutation
7. Blue Pike Esox lucius mutation
8. Muskellunge (Great Lakes /Spotted) Esox masquinongy masquinongy
9. Muskellunge (Chautauqua/Ohio River) Esox masquinongy ohioensis
10. Muskellunge (Clear/barred) Esox masquinongy immaculatus
11. Tiger Muskellunge (Hybrid) Esox masquinongy/ Esox lucius
12. Aquitanian Pike Esox aquitanicus
13. Cisalpine Pike or Southern Pike Esox cisalpinus
14. Amur Pike Esox reichertii
I am missing #'s 7,9,12,13,& 14
Posted 16 March 2015 - 11:14 AM
The little guys are doing very well i only have ine issue and that is a spot that is on one of them. At first i though ich from the stress of travel but i am not to sure. I will post a decent picture when i can get one. He doesnt like to pose liKe other one does.
As for the bucket list i have only caught norther so far. I am heading to South Carolina i about a month and hope to bag a redfin and chain when I am there. My fater inlaw is looking into some areas where i might be able to catch some Without worrying about alligators. I also hope to get my first musky this summer...... i have hooked one but lost it once. This year will be my first serious attempts at them.
As for the grass pickerel, I planned to head to Saddle lake hopefully soon as well as a couple in Kalamazoo that reported ly have these little guys.
Are you also a Michigander Mike?
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