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Post by AquaticEngineer on July 19th 2010, 7:32 pm

I got 5 of these sculpins on the coast near Ecola St park this weekend. 3 of them are dark mottled colors like rocks, 2 are neon green like the algae they were caught in. Anyone know if the colors will fade with no algae to hide in? Anyone know what species I'm referring to?

I swear I'll post pics when I get home ; )



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Re: PNW Rock Sculpins

Post by Michael Milligan on July 20th 2010, 6:00 am

"dark mottled colors "

staghorn sculpin? These fish can actually take a lot of different colours and patterns. They are a pest to sport fishers, mostly because they are 50% mouth and will swallow any bait any size!

Look Here. It's not the same fish but you get the idea! hehe.

As for the other one, don't have any guess other than simple colour variation. Is colour the only difference you can see?






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Re: PNW Rock Sculpins

Post by AquaticEngineer on July 20th 2010, 1:51 pm

Here is a picture I found of the mottled ones. I cant get any good pictures from my tank since there is not much light and these guys a only 2-3 inches in a 110 gallon Smile

Apparently the common sculpins in the area are the tidepool sculpin (Oligocottus maculosus) and the fluffy sculpin.


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Re: PNW Rock Sculpins

Post by Hero on July 20th 2010, 8:09 pm

Neat looking fish. I caught some sculpin/blenny that looked similar except it was white and orange.

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Post by AquaticEngineer on July 21st 2010, 3:23 am

OK here's the pics of mine I took today......finally Embarassed





















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Post by Hero on July 21st 2010, 3:48 am

I really like the greenish looking one.

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Post by AquaticEngineer on July 21st 2010, 3:55 am

I managed to catch 2 of the green ones. One is tiny, like close to an inch maybe. I felt kinda bad after I got that one in the tank since he was so tiny but he is doing well.

I think I'll feel better about it when they are in the 50 gallon tank since it doesn't have overflows for them to get sucked over Shocked I had to cut up an old rio 2500 intake cover to make overflow grates to keep em safe for the time being.
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Post by Hero on July 21st 2010, 7:54 pm

What size tank are they in now? I would think they would be fine in there. Every tank needs it's small fish lol.

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Post by AquaticEngineer on July 21st 2010, 8:22 pm

They are in a 110 gallon tank, it measures 48x25x25. I would just like to be able to see them and appreciate them more.

Plus I'd like to get larger rockfish for the big tank and they would definitely get eaten.
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Post by Hero on July 22nd 2010, 2:46 am

That would probably present a problem. But if you had enough hiding spaces, etc., i'm sure they would be fine. Of course you might lose one every once in a while.

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Re: PNW Rock Sculpins

Post by AquaticEngineer on July 24th 2010, 1:44 pm

Last night I fed the sculpins and I saw 2 of them eating like crazy, one other 1 was kind of intersted, and 2 are still hiding out in the rocks.

The bigger green one has a voracious appetite, the little green one I cant find though :'(
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Post by Hero on July 25th 2010, 12:58 am

I'm sure he's hiding somewhere.

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Re: PNW Rock Sculpins

Post by 4PacNW on October 1st 2010, 7:56 pm

Probably O.snyderi because their colour and yea they do change colour, though only when their background changes, obviously. I agree with Pufferfreak in that I think they would probably be safe from other larger carnivorous fishes: they are almost impossible to spot unless they move when the terrain is right, even to humans sometimes, and they tend to just lay still waiting for an amphipod to swim past, and they are very fast as you probably know.
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Re: PNW Rock Sculpins

Post by Hero on October 1st 2010, 10:16 pm

When described as so, they're behavior seems similar to that of mandarins. With their neon green coloration they certainly seem a match in color.

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Re: PNW Rock Sculpins

Post by ~ocean on October 5th 2010, 7:45 pm

Nice rock sculpins! Very intruging!

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Re: PNW Rock Sculpins

Post by jared on October 6th 2010, 2:32 am

How are the sculpins doing by the way?
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Re: PNW Rock Sculpins

Post by AquaticEngineer on October 6th 2010, 2:49 am

They began fighting with each other, even in a 110 gallon there wasn't enough room. Now I have just one left, but he's the toughest one Mad
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Re: PNW Rock Sculpins

Post by Hero on October 7th 2010, 6:57 pm

Goodness Shocked.

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Re: PNW Rock Sculpins

Post by AquaticEngineer on October 7th 2010, 11:30 pm

I think my Spot Prawn ate the last one..... Shocked
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Re: PNW Rock Sculpins

Post by jared on October 8th 2010, 1:12 am

Doh!
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Post by AquaticEngineer on October 8th 2010, 2:58 am

N/M He's still alive, just found himself a nice little hide out until feeding time.......in my overflow....... Paranoid
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Post by Hero on October 8th 2010, 12:54 pm

As long as he's fine I guess..

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Re: PNW Rock Sculpins

Post by animalmaster6 on November 21st 2010, 2:34 pm

Nice sculpins Engineer!
Are they still doing well?
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Post by jared on November 21st 2010, 2:52 pm

The Tidepool Sculpins in my tank seem to get along well together. No fighting at all so far. Seems like a pretty peaceful species. Only problem is that they ate all of my Brooding Anemones. Sad
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Re: PNW Rock Sculpins

Post by AquaticEngineer on November 21st 2010, 7:58 pm

Lost the ones pictured, they were just too small for the tank. Got some larger ones this trip though Smile
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