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#1 NyssaAquatica

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 10:53 AM

Hi all, 

 

I've just started a 10 gallon planted tank. After letting it cycle for a couple of weeks, I went on a quick collecting trip yesterday in Upper Three Runs Creek. My hope was to catch a few fish for the new tank. 

 

For my first collecting trip, I was pleased to capture a few sailfin shiners and a sunfish. I'm not experienced in identifying them, so I've attached a photo of it. Any help is appreciated.

 

 

 

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#2 Dustin

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 12:14 PM

That is a dollar sunfish.  It may get a little large of for a 10 gallon.  They get about 4 inches and are pretty mean fish.  There are bluespots and blackbandeds in Upper Three Runs which would make better small tank inhabitants.

 

Where on Upper Three Runs were you?  That is one of my favorite streams in the state.


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#3 NyssaAquatica

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 12:46 PM

Thanks for the information, Dustin. 

 

I went to a spot just north of the Savannah River Site that was recommended to me by one of my SREL colleagues. Three Runs is a really cool drainage and I feel fortunate to live so close to it; I also almost stepped on a coral snake on my walk out, but didn't have time to take a photo. 



#4 mattknepley

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Posted 04 June 2018 - 05:14 AM

That is indeed a neat stream and lowlands are some pretty fish. Good to see more SC folks here, too!
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#5 Matt DeLaVega

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Posted 04 June 2018 - 02:22 PM

Thanks for the information, Dustin. 

 

I went to a spot just north of the Savannah River Site that was recommended to me by one of my SREL colleagues. Three Runs is a really cool drainage and I feel fortunate to live so close to it; I also almost stepped on a coral snake on my walk out, but didn't have time to take a photo. 

There is never too little time to photograph a coral snake.


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#6 Dustin

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Posted 05 June 2018 - 08:15 AM

There is never too little time to photograph a coral snake.

 

I have to agree.  I have been stomping around the swamps and lowlands for 20 years and I have never seen one.


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#7 TimCodger

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Posted 08 June 2018 - 01:55 PM

There is never too little time to photograph a coral snake.

 

You are right, unfortunately in my country you will not find this snake, but I hope to come and see such a snake with my own eyes!)



#8 NyssaAquatica

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Posted 11 June 2018 - 12:41 AM

There is never too little time to photograph a coral snake.

 

I was hiking out with my future tank inhabitants, so I really didn't think to stop and take a photo.   #-o

 

Maybe I'll run into it again. There are quite a few in that drainage, and this wasn't my first one to come across in there. 

 

 

Update on my tank: the shiners are doing quite well and have responded to feeding from day 1. They'll eat bloodworms as long as the worms are suspended in the water column.  The sunfish has been more shy; today was the first time he came out for a feeding. Today he mostly cleaned up the worms that made it past the shiners to the substrate. 


Edited by NyssaAquatica, 11 June 2018 - 12:45 AM.


#9 mattknepley

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Posted 11 June 2018 - 03:16 PM

Don't take it so badly, Nyassa. When we moved into my last house in FL people told us to "be careful, there's coral snakes in this area". Which I immediately disbelieved. Over the five years we lived there I saw several of them though. I always stopped to admire them, got the wife and kids if there was time so they could get a gander at 'em and teach 'em the "Red on yellow" mnemonic, but never once thought to take a picture.

I will definitely have to keep my eyes more open there. I didn't know we had those creatures in SC.

Glad to hear your fishes are doing well. Love those Sailfins. Hope to have some myself someday.
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#10 TimCodger

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 05:03 AM

Don't take it so badly, Nyassa. When we moved into my last house in FL people told us to "be careful, there's coral snakes in this area". Which I immediately disbelieved. Over the five years we lived there I saw several of them though. I always stopped to admire them, got the wife and kids if there was time so they could get a gander at 'em and teach 'em the "Red on yellow" mnemonic, but never once thought to take a picture.

I will definitely have to keep my eyes more open there. I didn't know we had those creatures in SC.

Glad to hear your fishes are doing well. Love those Sailfins. Hope to have some myself someday.

Sorry if the issue is off topic, but are these coral snakes highly poisonous? Also what to do or make if such will bite?



#11 NyssaAquatica

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 12:43 AM

Tank update: fish are doing quite well. I've fought off a couple of algae blooms, but it is looking really good.

 

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Edited by NyssaAquatica, 02 October 2018 - 12:45 AM.


#12 Doug_Dame

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Posted 03 October 2018 - 06:28 AM

Sorry if the issue is off topic, but are these coral snakes highly poisonous? Also what to do or make if such will bite?

 

North American coral snakes are indeed highly venomous, but they are also rarely seen and non-aggressive. Best mgmt strategy is to admire them from a distance, i.e., don't handle or harass them. See Wikipedia.


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#13 itsme

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Posted 04 October 2018 - 09:14 AM

 

You are right, unfortunately in my country you will not find this snake, but I hope to come and see such a snake with my own eyes!)

 

 

Hey, what country are you in?





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