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Ninespine Stickleback (Pungitius pungitius)

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    Colin
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    ninespine stickleback (Pungitius pungitius)

    Here are a few shots from today of the UK’s smallest freshwater fish and it’s only known from a handful of sites in Scotland. These fish are from the only known inland Scottish population which I discovered in 2004 while looking for great crested newts (under license /smile.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:)” border=”0″ alt=”smile.gif” />

    cheers
    Colin

    and chasing prima…

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    oaken
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    Very nice!

    #318465

    Eyrie
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    Are they only scarce in the UK, or is this an endemic species?

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    kim m
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    I’ve been thinking about setting up a tank for some for some time…they are widespread in Denmark and found everywhere in flowing water at least on the west coast. At my new house there’s a stream with a lot of them.

    I didn’t know they were uncommon i Scotland, but that makes them interesting for you to have a go at

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    andy rushworth
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    Very nice ! great pics Colin .

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    Colin
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    cheers http://data.nbn.org.uk/gridMap/gridMapLarge.jsp#topOfMap

    So far these wee guys have been quite interesting to keep, not a aggressive as the 3 spines for sure!

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    Matt
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    Very cool Colin! Is this a freshwater population?

    #318473

    Colin
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    yeah totally freshwater, they are only found in one pond and a 1km stretch of a burn as far as i can find. The pond is actually a SUDS system from an industrial estate made about 10 – 12 years ago…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainable_u…rainage_systems

    and i think that they were probably introduced with the Phragmites reed bed? Could be that young fish/eggs etc maybe came in as it was being planted???

    best guess anyway

    #318492

    Colin
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    Okay, so here are some pics of their tank –

    Its an 18x16x18 lxhxw which has about 3″ of garden soil in the bottom of the tank and a fine covering of black sand. Most of the plants are native pond plants such as greater spearwort, arrowhead, cinquefoil, burr-reed and a few others. No filter, no water movement and only natural sunlight. No algae problems!

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    Matt
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    Now THAT is a biotope tank.

    #318502

    Hokum
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    Lovely interesting tank, i remember catcing these all the time as a child in somerset in the rhynes. Out of interest do you have to keep the water cool? I was thinking of keeping 3 spined sticklebacks before going for my hillstream loach.

    #318503

    Colin
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    keep cool? Nah, it’s Scotland LOL

    warmest I have seen the tank is about 68F and that’s a south facing window! The lowest I have seen so far since May is about 60F.

    i know they are not as pretty as many fish I could put in a tank but they are interesting and I am looking forward to seeing some courtship and spawning next year. It’s also as equally interesting to see how the plants do with the garden soil and watch what plants do well and what plants not so well.

    I have also added some local Gammarus and Asselus just for the hell of it LOL

    cheers
    C

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    Martin Tversted
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    Yes, it relatively common in Denmark. Especially near the coast, but also know from various inland populations.There are some variation among their breeding colouration.

    Some other pops have solid orange fins.

    Martin

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    Martin Tversted
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    When I need plants planted out in an aquarium I always use garden soil. It usual takes 3 months to fully funktion but then there no need to change it for years.

    #318535

    Colin
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    That’s a really dark specimen, so far all of mine are just silver – i hope to see more colour in the spring if they decide to spawn

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