New to keeping natives not to catching them
Posted 03 August 2019 - 09:45 PM
Posted 04 August 2019 - 07:31 AM
Natives are not that different from keeping other fish. The one thing that is different is NO HEATER. They would prefer the water cooler, but will do fine at room temperature.
And you dont really need to create current for the fish... if you like the look of the current, then do it, but the fish will be fine without.
You will need a lot of filtration for a big fish, so I would recommend a larger sized cannister filter (I like the big fluvials) and a well planted tank (live plants are easier than people say).
Sandwich is no Coose Bass, but he likes plant cover and it works for his tank.
Posted 04 August 2019 - 01:39 PM
no, if you have an overflow it usually has a hole in that part of the tank that you can use to drain the tank to a sump under the tank. This gives you other filtering opportunities including wet/dry filters. And if you use the sump, and pump water back into the tank form the sump, then your water level in the main tank will always appear to be full (a nice feature for a display tank in your house).
Google overflow and sump diagrams cause I am not sure that I am explaining it clearly.
Posted 04 August 2019 - 05:48 PM
Welcome aboard, Bearded Barnowl! Glad to have ya. I see you're from the Volunteer State. They are overly strict (my humble opinion) when it comes to regulating non-game fishes. Don't know if they are different for game fish, but if you haven't already, double check the state's website for information on possession of live game fish regs. It sounds like you've been doing your due diligence, but sometimes "can I have this fish" doesn't come to somebody's mind. I know certain restrictions have surprised/disappointed me at times...
Try searching the forum too, as Tennessee's nongame regs have been the source of more than one thread here, but I don't recall game fish mentioned.
Not trying to be a party pooper, we just try very hard to "stay legal" here at NANFA. TN does have lots of great fish and opportunities to observe them. Maybe add snorkeling to your bag o' tricks. Lots of fantastic stuff to see in TN (not that I've had the chance to do it first hand) so search Conasauga Snorkel Hole here if you haven't already seen it. Might just inspire you.
And again, we're glad to have you here!
"No thanks, a third of a gopher would merely arouse my appetite..."
Posted 04 August 2019 - 06:27 PM
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