With these fish, they are nature's garbage can. They eat just about anything that fits in their mouth. I caught this 2 7/8" chub last week, he adapted very well and apparently 1 1/2" long shiner fry aren't off the menu. It took him about 20 minutes to get it all down.
Small creek chub destroys a shiner.
Posted 29 March 2019 - 03:34 PM
Thanks Native son. Thinking about making changes to it in the upcoming future. Yeah, I've had chubs before. They grow FAST and can tolerate most water conditions that most other fish cannot. I've caught them on flies and worms before and they were big enough to have mouth sizes to rival the green sunfish.
They DO tend to eat anything and everything. Like my spotfins, they're gluttonous pigs and go insane when the flakes hit the water. When the flakes hit, the spotfins go into a literal feeding frenzy. Almost like piranhas. Nothing but swirls and flashes of silver, surface splashes, canopy strikes and all other fish heading to the bottom to stay out of the melee. Even the green sunnie heads to the corner.
I know.... for some reason I just love fish that eat or *can* eat darters. The predatory fish are intriguing and I wish I had the room to set up a predators only tank. Perhaps once the kids move out, some other tanks can move in....
Posted 30 May 2019 - 05:10 PM
Yes indeed, destroys darters. I came home today to find my now substantially larger chub finishing off one of my better colored banded darters. Needless to say, the chubs have been moved to a separate tank to cohabitate with the Madtom.
Posted 30 May 2019 - 05:25 PM
0 |<======|---------| 100
This is a Surprise-O-Meter.
The reading on the Surprise-O-Meter is 0-dot-00.
Creek Chubs are not community tank fish.
You can label the separate tank as "Halfway House for Unrepentant Miscreants." Like the Hotel California, visitors can check in but they can never leave.
Floridian now back in Florida
Posted 30 May 2019 - 05:39 PM
Yeah, my surprise-O-meter was pegged at 0 too. Chubs have big mouths, and as I had said before in other posts, if it fits, it'll inevitably end up there. I guess that I wasn't giving them enough shiner fry to keep them sated. Then again, chubs seem to eat until they explode. Even after eating 3 larger shiners, they continue to want and eat more.
They have been banished to the Madtom tank where they will either cohabitate with said madtom, or, end up padding it's belly.
The madtom might keep them in line, or, in it's belly.
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