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Threespine Stickleback
December 22, 2014
12:06 am
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Barb Man
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I'm about to go see if I can go collect some three-spine sticklebacks and wondered if anyone wanted some because they are a very cool little fish that can be either full fresh or full marine fish and grow depending on what they are housed in. As typical of wild caught specimens they only eat live food so that might be a problem for some. I don't know where I'm going to put them but the backyard pond looks like the best spot so far if I even get any.

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December 22, 2014
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I only got one. The season has a lot to do with it because by now a lot are large sub-adults and the smaller ones have been eaten or are scarce. It is also much colder here this time of year but I will be trying again a few more times to hopefully get a few more.

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December 22, 2014
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That sounds like fun! Hope you'll get more in another season. Which country are you from? 

December 22, 2014
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I'm a few hours south of plaamoo. The USA Washington state. I've had them before but they didn't do too well and I let them all go now I'm going to try them on daphnia. I also got a larvae Ambystoma macrodactylum that is pretty common here and I've kept a few times but I always release during the winter because I can't house them and a pair died on me a few years ago and I didn't want that to happen again. Some other natives of this area I've kept are bluegill fry (Lepomis macrochirus) 

 
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December 24, 2014
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Here he/she is. They look kind of lonely don't they

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December 26, 2014
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Excellent and yeah, it does look lonely. How do you catch them? As kids we used dip nets. 

December 26, 2014
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Hey Barb Man. Check the regulations for collecting wild fish here in Wa. I'm not sure but I think it's illegal for the most part. Also a very bad idea releasing any fish that's been in your aquarium back into the wild.
http://forum.nanfa.org/index.p.....-the-wild/

December 26, 2014
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I know that researchers are now required to get permits to collect native sticklebacks in Oregon (a state not a federal permit). Not about non-researchers.

Also not sure how it would ever be enforced though. Researchers have oversight committees etc., but non-researchers do not.

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December 27, 2014
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Yeah I'm barely 17 and just used a big dip net. I'm not so sure on the illegal business but possible. I have only kept it in a tank with the larvae Ambystoma macrodactylum and the water is straight from my pond so it contains some nymphs of some sort and small wild daphnia that I could not identify. The thread about letting fish go after holding it for a period of time is not really relevent here because I can't/won't breed the fish and the total amount of fish I collect will be housed till death either in my tank or in the pond. If I ever collect fish I either let them go on that outing or I keep them to use as feeders for my scuplin. My sculpin grew to his full size and died a few months ago so I was going to add something to my pond. I guess because the threespined stickleback isn't threatened at all in Washington I thought it was okay. I'll be reading up on this.

Thanks all

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December 27, 2014
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Another thing about wild caught sticklebacks in Oregon is that they are often loaded with worms and flukes. We had some in a lab that had three or four different parasites: tapeworms, monogenetic and digenetic flukes which made for problems in the stickleback colony.

They were all eliminated when treated with a general worm medicine, maybe flubendazole or prazequantel (I can't say I remember the details).

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December 27, 2014
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I don't really plan on keeping them as pets. My pond is pretty self-sufficient and I was thinking it could hold a small group, how much for a 300 L?

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