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Post by Hero on September 26th 2010, 12:41 am

My next tank is going to be built to accommodate the list of fish I end up deciding I want comfortably. However the problem is deciding on what fish to get. Major deciding factors are those such as ease of obtaining, max size, and feeding requirements. Right now I am thinking about one gunnel, 3-4 gobies/sculpins and a boxfish. Suggestions?

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Re: Best fish?

Post by Beno on September 26th 2010, 12:49 am

How do you capture your fish? Smile
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Post by Hero on September 26th 2010, 12:53 am

Haha good question. I would order the gobies and boxfish. Catch sculpins at a tidepool and hit up some people from Cascadia for the gunnel and possibly lumpfish.

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Post by Beno on September 26th 2010, 12:55 am

Sounds good, caught a big boxfish the other day when fishing haha.
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Post by Hero on September 26th 2010, 12:58 am

Oh that's so cool! What kind?

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Post by Beno on September 26th 2010, 1:03 am

Eastern smooth box fish
http://australianmuseum.net.au/Eastern-Smooth-Boxfish-Anoplocapros-inermis-Fraser-Brunner-1935
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Post by Hero on September 26th 2010, 1:12 am

Oh wow. If they didn't get so big I might take one into consideration.

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Post by Beno on September 26th 2010, 1:17 am

I think mine was just a freak of nature lol Pointing
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Post by Hero on September 26th 2010, 1:24 am

Perfect Sly. How long would you say it was?

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Post by Beno on September 26th 2010, 1:28 am

50cm Shocked
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Post by Hero on September 26th 2010, 1:52 am

Certainly amongst the largest of the species Cool.

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Post by Beno on September 26th 2010, 2:04 am

They said maz size was 45cm Razz
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Re: Best fish?

Post by Brent on September 27th 2010, 3:37 pm

Sticklebacks are pretty staple and are pretty good at just taking up space. They don't draw a whole lot of attention, especially with other, more... intruiging fish in the system. I find they sort of help to bring the image of the tank together. Your other choices of fish are so very perfect. love
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Post by Hero on October 1st 2010, 8:11 pm

Yes, but I don't think I want sticklebacks.

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Re: Best fish?

Post by 4PacNW on October 1st 2010, 9:02 pm

How about some shiner perch? They look very good in a tank and are easy to catch from a bay dock. Gunnels can be caught from the shore. Gobies can probably also be caught with a handline with a size 16 hook. Cockscombs or pricklebacks are another option, they can easily be obtained from under rocks at low low tides. For numbers of fish I'd go with 4-6 of each because they can reproduce well then.
Instead of deciding what fish to use you could pick a certain habitat type and emulate it. That, I think, is easier and wiser because they will all be well suited.
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Post by Hero on October 1st 2010, 10:08 pm

Definitely. I plan on a Southern Calif. type biotope. Gobies would be easy to obtain. I'm not sure if gunnel live that far south. I've never heard of shiner perch? How big do they get?

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Post by 4PacNW on October 1st 2010, 10:57 pm

Max 8", though I've only ever seen them at 3", lol.
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Re: Best fish?

Post by Hero on October 2nd 2010, 5:23 pm

Seems like to large of a fish for me at the moment. Thanks for the idea though.

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Re: Best fish?

Post by jared on October 14th 2010, 10:47 am

Here's a link to a book called "Tidepool and nearshore fishes of California". It mentions the Rockpool Blenny (Hypsoblennius gilberti) as a hardy species for the aquarium.
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Post by Hero on October 15th 2010, 10:50 pm

Thank you! I've caught small blennies before.

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