Hello everybody. I am so glad this group exists, it has been really helpful in setting up my first native tank. Currently I have a couple species of minnow and two darters in a 55 gallon tank. I caught everything by hand in the creek down the street from me a couple weeks ago and so far the fish are doing pretty well as far as I can tell - I probably spend an unusual amount of time watching them; my wife jokes about it by saying I'm watching "fish TV". I spent a lot of time doing research on the laws regarding fish collection in Maryland, there are lots of restrictions on netting, but other things are less restrictive - it actually ended up being easier to get the fish I want by catching them by hand. A problem I'm having now is I'm getting more algae than I want. I was thinking of collecting some snails from the same creek as the fish came from, but I am uncertain of the legalities of this. The only other thing I have not been able to get any information on is collecting wild aquatic plants - I don't think it's legal anywhere in Maryland to do this, but if anyone knows different please let me know.