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07-11-2011, 10:35 PM #11
I've got one of those in my tank. He's awesome. And i would never think about giving him up or putting him back in the wild. he'd never be able to hold his own or fend for himself. But he's a slow grower in my tank and is about 8" or so. very active at night."Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering."
07-11-2011, 10:46 PM #12
0Originally Posted by UncleWillie
As far as I am aware, releasing fish into the wild has neither been condoned nor advised here.
07-11-2011, 10:56 PM #13
Yeah. After re-reading my post it sounds a bit harsher than it did in my head. I hope my tone is not offensive.
It just hit me how so many members jump on others about bringing home wild fish and worrying about transmission of pathogens, but no one seems to care if a member says they'll just go through a fish back into the wild.
Smokey, how long have you had your bullhead? I have two snail bullheads right now (had them for a hair over a year), and they have only grown from 2'' to about 4''. I didn't know if you knew the growth rate on your guy.Support your local ichthyofauna - buy a fishing license!
07-12-2011, 10:54 PM #14
i've had him two or three years now, i got him at about 4-5" and he's about 8" now.
"Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering."
11-07-2011, 02:47 PM #15
0Originally Posted by UncleWillie
Excellent point! Never thought about it that way
01-10-2012, 09:05 PM #16Junior Member Platy
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0Originally Posted by SmokeyCFH
...did you put a bong in your aquarium?
01-17-2012, 10:57 PM #17
Native fish are fun. I love my tropical tank, but I miss my old native set up. Just watching them eat (zip, zip, zip, BAM! Zip, zip, zip...) was worth the price of admission. Alas, the native setup did not ultimately pass the wife's Living Room Aesthetics Test (I'm sure some of you will understand).
Anyway, I always wanted to try a bullhead, since they don't get very big. I always had good luck with channel cats when I was a youngster, except for two things: They are extremely predatory, and they WILL outgrow any reasonable sized tank. If only I had room and money for one of those multi-thousand gallon Cabelas style setups...
Smokey, are you in Wyoming? I kept native wyo fish for years, and as long as you stick with the non-game varieties, you can buy a minnow permit and make it all nice and legal (found this out from a game warden who didn't take it kindly when I told him I had channel cats in my aquarium). There are ways to keep game fish legally too, but I'm not sure what they are--check with your local fisheries biologist. Probably not worth the hassle, when there are so many truly beautiful and fascinating non-game species. Shiners, plains minnows, long-nose dace, and darters are all interesting, nice to look at, and can all do well in a well-aerated cool-water aquarium. There are no doubt lots of others I don't know about, too.
Bullheads are classed as a game fish in Wyo, so keeping them isn't legal if you're worried about such things.
I agree, though, about releasing a fish back into the wild. Not a good idea for lots of reasons. I'd say either keep it, fry it up, of use it as fertilizer.
05-31-2012, 05:22 PM #18
looks like a brown/yellow bullhead, they're all over north america, but generally too large for average home aquariaIf a fish splashes in the tank, and no one is around to hear it? does it make a sound?....:D