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#1 Chasmodes

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Posted 15 June 2022 - 07:38 AM

Hi Everyone.

 

Many of you have seen my 20g oyster reef tank updates, but that is a smaller version of a much bigger project that I've been working on for a long long time.  It's my dream tank.  I've always wanted to keep blennies native to the Chesapeake Bay.  I've been doing it for several years now in my smaller tank.  But the time is here for my larger project to come to fruition.  My 100g tank will be plumbed this week, and I hope to have it set and cycling by the end of this weekend.  I have some fish that I will move from my 20g tank, but I also plan to do a lot of brackish fish collecting over the next few weeks to further stock the tank.  I've got a lot done, but I have a lot to do still.  It's a daunting task to get everything the way that I want it.  My river tank took forever, but that was nothing compared to this.  This project has been in the works since 2007.  Unreal.  I am ashamed about that LOL.  Anyway, here's a video update of some of the things that I've done to bring this project closer to completion.

 


Kevin Wilson


#2 littlen

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Posted 15 June 2022 - 10:08 AM

The oyster shell reef inserts look amazing.  Definitely public-aquarium worthy.  Much like your stream tank.  Congrats on taking the time to do it right rather than rush it and be unhappy with the final product.  What other species of Bay fish do you intend to keep in there with your current stock?  Looking forward to seeing this up and running soon.  


Nick L.

#3 Chasmodes

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Posted 16 June 2022 - 08:44 AM

Thank you Nick! 

 

In addition to striped blennies, naked gobies, skilletfish and sheepshead minnows that I'm currently keeping, I plan on keeping peaceful species that would be suitable for my 100g tank that also won't be picked on by the other fish.  Other killifish species could be stocked also, like mummichogs or striped killifish.  I'd love to add a hogchoker, but the prize would be if I could find a tropical stray, especially a spotfin butterfly fish.  I'd consider keeping fish like juvenile lookdowns or butterfish if I could work a deal out with GEPA to take them when they get too big for my tank.  I tried keeping sticklebacks but if they're too small, they disappear.  I think that the skilletfish ate them.  If they're adult size, they should be OK.  I kept rainwater killies, but the skilletfish eventually ate all of them.  The blennies left both species alone.  I know for sure that the skilletfish were the perps because I found one with a full belly and a rainwater killifish tail hanging out of it's mouth.  So, I guess that it depends on what else I can collect.

 

I think that I'm going to convert my 20g version of this tank to a grass bed tank for rainwater killies, sticklebacks and maybe seahorses.  I'd try pipefish if I can catch a species that I can convert from live to frozen foods.  If I can't, then I'll start culturing my own live brine shrimp.


Kevin Wilson


#4 Chasmodes

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Posted 16 June 2022 - 09:55 AM

OK, better stocking list options.  What I actually keep depends on what I catch and capatibility.  If I wind up with predatory stuff, then say goodbye to inverts.  But, I've loved to keep the mud crabs, hermit crabs, anemones, etc.

 

(Red = much desired, Blue = desired, black = maybe)

 

Current species:

Striped Blenny (Chasmodes bosquianus) - I have 1 male and 1 female.  I'd like 4 males and 2 or more females.

Skilletfish (Gobiesox strumosus) - I currently have 4, but would like 6

Naked Goby (Gobiosoma bosc) - I currently have 4, but would like several more

 

Species that I'd like to add if I'm fortunate enough to catch them:

Feather Blenny (Hypsoblennius hentz) - at least one male and one female

Seaweed Blenny (Parablennius marmoreus) - rare in the bay, but would love to have one.

Seaboard Goby (Gobiosoma ginsbergi)

Code Goby (Gobiosoma robustum)

Lyre Goby (Evorthodus lyricus) - if I'm lucky enough to catch them

Darter Goby (Gobionellus boleosoma) if I'm lucky enough to catch them

Slim Goby (Gobionellus gracillimus) if I'm lucky enough to catch them

Clown Goby (Microgobius gulosus) - if I'm lucky enough to catch them

Green Goby ((Microgobius thalassinus) - if I'm lucky enough to catch them

Fourspine Stickleback (Apeltes quadracus) - large specimens only other wise the skilletfish eat them.

Threespine Stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) - large specimens only other wise the skilletfish eat them.

Spotfin Butterflyfish (Chaetodon ocellatus) - tropical stray, if I'm lucky enough to catch them, or any other butterflyfish

Bank Butterflyfish - Prognathodes aya - tropical stray, if I'm lucky enough to catch them, rare in shallow water

Blue Angelfish (Holacanthus bermudensis) - tropical stray, would love to have one.

Striped Burrfish (Chilomycterus schoepfi) - only problem is they'd eat my crabs and shrimp, so maybe on this one

Spotfin Mojarra or similar species (eucinostomus argenteus) - if small specimens

Mummichog (Fundulus heteroclitus)

Striped killifish (Fundulus majalis)

Scrawled Cowfish (Lactophrys quadricornis) - these get big, but maybe if a juvenile

Pinfish (Lagodon rhomboides) - predatory on inverts, so maybe not.

Spot (Leiostomus xanthurus) - maybe

Planehead Filefish (Monacanthus hispidus) - if caught small, max at 10"

Pygmy Fileifsh (Monacanthus setifer) - if lucky to catch

Pigfish (orthopristis chrysoptera) - predatory, so maybe

Lookdown (Selene vomer) - if juveniles, would have to donate if they get to big

Hogchoker (Trinictes maculatus) - small ones, but if they grow large, OK to stay in tank.  But grass shrimp will go quickly LOL.

 

Of course, my stocking situation at any given time will dictate how many fish I add. I won't be able to keep all of them. I don't want to just collect everything and keep everything.  Once the tank is stocked to maximum capacity, the collecting will stop.  Unless I need to make trades LOL.


Kevin Wilson


#5 littlen

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Posted 17 June 2022 - 06:03 AM

If you started small (as you intend to with most of that list) a Striped Burrfish would be a very personable addition to your tank.  Your inverts may fall victim to a larger specimen, but if you still have the option to donate to GEPA I'd consider them.

 

You'd have better luck if you happen to vacation in the Outer Banks this summer, finding and catching the tropical strays.  They can be collected off piers and jetties in the right places.


Nick L.

#6 Chasmodes

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Posted 22 June 2022 - 07:29 AM

Thank you NIck.  I may give it a go this summer.  We're planning a trip to Oak Island :)  I totally agree, striped burrfish are so cool. They have one at GEPA, and his name is Derp LOL.  He's about 7" long or so.  I'd like to collect one about the 1-2" size.  The inverts are cool, but, I'm a fish "finatic" anyway!

 

There's a guy on YouTube that lives near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel that has a lot of videos about tropical strays that he catches around the bridge.  He dives, I dont (I wish).  Actually, I was certified while I was in college and it's a lifetime cert from what I understand.  But, I don't think physically that I could do it anymore, at least for the depths and things that I'd like to do.  That said, less than 20 FOW, I think I'd  be OK in low to no current situations.

 

Of the list above, this is more realistic:

 

Striped Blenny (Chasmodes bosquianus) - I have 1 male and 1 female.  I'd like 4 males and 2 or more females.

Skilletfish (Gobiesox strumosus) - I currently have 4, but would like 6

Naked Goby (Gobiosoma bosc) - I currently have 4, but would like several more

Feather Blenny (Hypsoblennius hentz) - at least one male and one female

Spotfin Butterflyfish (Chaetodon ocellatus) - tropical stray, if I'm lucky enough to catch them, or any other butterflyfish

Striped Burrfish (Chilomycterus schoepfi) - only problem is they'd eat my crabs and shrimp, so maybe on this one

Mummichog (Fundulus heteroclitus) - maybe

Striped killifish (Fundulus majalis) - maybe

Hogchoker (Trinictes maculatus) - small ones, but if they grow large, OK to stay in tank.  But grass shrimp will go quickly LOL.


Kevin Wilson


#7 littlen

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Posted 24 June 2022 - 06:04 AM

You are correct; recreational diving is a lifetime cert.  However I would highly recommend doing a 'refresher course'.  Most dive shops offer them.  It shouldn't be super expensive and would only be a half day or so.  Absolutely worth it IMO.  You'll be surprised how much you remember and how quickly it comes back to you.

I like your list and it should be exciting to watch--even if you have to periodically replace shrimp and other inverts.


Nick L.

#8 Chasmodes

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Posted 28 June 2022 - 03:21 PM

Thank you Nick!


Kevin Wilson


#9 Chasmodes

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Posted 30 June 2022 - 09:48 AM

Finally, a fish collecting video.  In this video, we go in search of fish for the oyster reef tank.  Hope y'all like it!
 

Kevin Wilson





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