Posted 06 May 2017 - 12:30 PM
Posted 06 May 2017 - 02:04 PM
can't tell anything about your bug or the cat, but that other fish is a darter... likely swamp darter as these are very common in feeder shrimp tanks.
Posted 06 May 2017 - 02:24 PM
Posted 06 May 2017 - 04:28 PM
My first take on the catfish was also that it might be a brown hoplo. But the photo is pretty fuzzy. If it has an armored look, it ain't native.
Swamp darters are almost always skinny like that, and have the green and gold as this one does. They often take a bent posture like the first photo too. Feeder shrimp usually come from Florida, at least on the east coast. So not many candidate darters to choose from. This is certainly not a brown darter nor is it a blackbanded.
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Posted 06 May 2017 - 05:46 PM
Posted 06 May 2017 - 07:46 PM
The bug appears to be a water stick bug (aka water scorpion) and I agree with the swamp darter ID. The catfish image is still difficult for me to see. From my experience, Florida brown bullheads are born black and then begin to get their mottling when they reach about 1-2". As the mottling starts to appear on the sides and top, the underside will lighten. To repeat Doug's question, do you see any armoring/oversize scales?
Posted 07 May 2017 - 08:07 AM
The water scorpion is easy to keep but will require relatively small live prey to keep it fed.
Posted 12 May 2017 - 07:34 PM
Posted 12 May 2017 - 08:17 PM
The images are still difficult to see but the shape of the body and finnage is consistent with a bullhead (albeit very thin) and based on the mottled pattern on the side it appears to be a Florida brown bullhead.
Posted 13 May 2017 - 08:29 AM
This fish has nasal barbels (the pair sticking up on top of snout). Hoplosternum don't have those. It's a bullhead.
Based on the way it's swimming in the latest video, it looks sick.
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