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#1 FishingLucky

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Posted 16 July 2018 - 09:43 PM

I was very exited to stumble on this site and have really enjoyed reading the content. I was born and raised In Chicago. I lived there for 25 years and just recently moved to Asheville NC. I've fished my whole life and enjoy exploring and collecting. I got into fish keeping about 5 years ago. I was never into tropical fish, instead I was drawn to native fish. At the moment I have 2 pairs of redfin pickerel. One pair I've had for 3 years and the other a few months. I also have a 3 year old alligator snapper. I have a 280 gal tank I'll be setting up soon to house my pickerel. I also plan on trying to collect some smaller bass species for it maybe shadow,rock or redeye among others. I look forward to talking with others on here.

 

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#2 gerald

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Posted 17 July 2018 - 08:21 AM

Welcome!   Asheville area has a wonderful diversity of fish species.  See Scott Smith's ncfishes.com.  He is "zooxanthellae" on this forum.


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#3 FishingLucky

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Posted 18 July 2018 - 01:03 PM

Welcome!   Asheville area has a wonderful diversity of fish species.  See Scott Smith's ncfishes.com.  He is "zooxanthellae" on this forum.

 

Just Checked it out looks great. yea I've had a lot of fun exploring the area. Its also nice to have so many other nice places within a few hour drive as well.



#4 Chasmodes

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Posted 18 July 2018 - 01:16 PM

Welcome to the NANFA forum FishingLucky!


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#5 Matt DeLaVega

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Posted 18 July 2018 - 06:03 PM

Welcome, I think redfin/grass pickerel are one of the best native fish out there. They have all of the cool Esox attributes without the size. I have been able to get them on frozen shrimp as a convenient part of their diet. Helps fill in the gaps between live feeds. Makes them a bit easier to keep.


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#6 taldridge0321

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Posted 19 July 2018 - 04:38 AM

Welcome. I am from Charlotte and live in Waynesville, about twenty minutes from Asheville. I tend to get out a lot and mainly microfish and snorkel, but I'd be glad to show you some locations with some variety around the area. My email is aldridge0321@gmail.com and feel free to hit me up anytime.

 

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#7 Redfin

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Posted 19 July 2018 - 09:13 PM

Welcome, I'm really interested in redfin pickerel as well.  Have you seen any breeding activity in the either of the two pairs?



#8 FishingLucky

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Posted 23 July 2018 - 09:35 AM

Welcome, I think redfin/grass pickerel are one of the best native fish out there. They have all of the cool Esox attributes without the size. I have been able to get them on frozen shrimp as a convenient part of their diet. Helps fill in the gaps between live feeds. Makes them a bit easier to keep.

 

Yea I agree, I love them. I plan to make them the focal point of my big tank. I'm hoping to also set up a tank with some Redfin that are found in more acidic waters. The ones I've seen have beautiful dark contrasting colors and seem to be larger. Yea I was finally able to get the adults to eat cut talapia after having them for almost 2 years.



#9 FishingLucky

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Posted 23 July 2018 - 09:35 AM

Welcome to the NANFA forum FishingLucky!

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#10 FishingLucky

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Posted 23 July 2018 - 09:36 AM

Welcome. I am from Charlotte and live in Waynesville, about twenty minutes from Asheville. I tend to get out a lot and mainly microfish and snorkel, but I'd be glad to show you some locations with some variety around the area. My email is aldridge0321@gmail.com and feel free to hit me up anytime.

 

Tim Aldridge

 

Sounds good will do



#11 FishingLucky

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Posted 23 July 2018 - 09:44 AM

Welcome, I'm really interested in redfin pickerel as well.  Have you seen any breeding activity in the either of the two pairs?

 The smaller ones are still babies, only about 3 inches. I have one of the adults loaned out to a friend to see if he can breed with his. Before that I hadn't tried. I didn't have them in a tank with live plants etc... Waiting to do a natural scape in the tank I'm setting up.



#12 FishingLucky

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Posted 25 July 2018 - 02:06 PM

Here's a pic of my big tank. Just ordered plumbing supplies. I'm hoping to fill it and start scaping this weekend.

 



#13 FishingLucky

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Posted 25 July 2018 - 02:12 PM

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#14 Redfin

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Posted 25 July 2018 - 04:02 PM

That's a nice tank.  Having a big tank and breeding redfin pickerel in it has been a dream of mine for a while now.  I'd be interested to hear if you or your friend have any success.



#15 FishingLucky

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Posted 26 July 2018 - 09:16 PM

That's a nice tank.  Having a big tank and breeding redfin pickerel in it has been a dream of mine for a while now.  I'd be interested to hear if you or your friend have any success.

 

thanks, needs a good cleaning but looking forward to having it up and running. and will do





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