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> From: m c [SMTP:midgatutordigests_at_yahoo.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, December 03, 2002 5:07 PM
> To: nanfa_at_aquaria.net
> Subject: NANFA-- Muddminnows as a class fish
> --- "Ashton, Matthew J." <AshtonMJ_at_hiram.edu> wrote:
> I also have a
> > relatively close proximity of a population of
> > Central Muddminnows which I
> > have become really interested in. All the talk of
> > Topminnows and killis on
> > the board though is causing some intruige.
> Ok, to avoid intruige, Let's start our hearings on
> canidates for my class aqurium with muddminnows.
> The issues involoved are:
> [My responses below are for the Eastern Mudminnow found here in SC]
> 1: Is the canidate availible to take the position?
> (anybody willing to mail be a couple)
> [possibly, but I will have to go out and find them]
> 2: Does the canidate have a problem working with
> other parties, esp the Southern party, who will be
> represented in the tank by the pre approved honorable
> Red Bellied Dace.
> [I keep mine in a tank with blackbanded and bluespotted sunfish, golden
> topminnows and sawcheek darters with no problem]
> 3: Is the canidate willing to take the job for the
> pay offered? (rotating flakes, granduals, Freeze
> dried, and other, with only occational live foods)
> [mine are eastern mudminnows...they will eat live food as well as fozen
> bloodworms and frozen brine shrimp]
> 4: Can the canidate tolorate the job conditions?
> (room temp in classroom, with possible summers on a
> 80-90 F front porch; wildly varying photo periods
> depending on if I am turning off the lights frequently
> for Power points or not that day, 20 gal tank, mixed
> species, HOT power filter.)
> [based on where we find them, the only conditions they don't like seems to
> be current]
> 5: Is the canidate willing to accept the office with
> out extensive redecorating? (moving some pebbles ok,
> eating the plants is not.)
> [see above]
> 6: What are the canidates qualifications?
> 6a; Does it have an interesting color?
> [some populations here have beautiful gold arc-shaped bands on them,
> otherwise olive green to brown colors.]
> 6b; Does it have an interesting shape?
> 6c; Does it have an interesting behavior?
> [they have "personality"]
> 6d; Does it have an interesting history?
> 7: What is the canidate's past job experience?
> (Anybody ever keep these guys in a tank?)
> [refer to #2 above]
> 8: Is the canidate likly to leave a legacy? (breed
> with out prompting, not really important for my
> purposes. Viable fry not really needed, but breeding
> behavior would be nice)
> [I haven't had any spawn but I have noticed them doing what looks like
> breeding ot territorial displays]
> The floor is now open for questions and testimony.
> [My thoughts are that this is a really neat fish to have. I enjoy
> watching them hover over a piece of driftwood, looking around like a king
> surveying his realm - Chip in SC]
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