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Prickly Sculpin Tank

Discussion in 'General Cold & Temperate Water' started by Kaosu, Oct 30, 2010.

  1. Kaosu

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    Tank:
    22 gallons, glass, been up for 6ish months
    Filters:
    45 gallon hang on back whisper
    20 gallon hang on back whisper
    55 gallon air pump on medium disk
    Plants:
    Anubis, Java moss
    Inhabitants:
    1,4 1/2 inch Prickly sculpin
    2, 1/2-1inch prickly sculpin
    2 , 1 1/2-1/2 inch unknown sculpin
    ramshorn snails

    Prickly Sculpin need high dissolved oxygen, and cold clear water,
    they can reach up to 11 inches but average 6-8 males being larger
    this tank is fan cooled with a simple window fan blowing down on the surface of the water, keeping the temp below 70o in the summer and around 65o in the winter.
    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG](pics of fish will be next post)
     
  2. Kaosu

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    ok!
    Prickly Sculpin
    these guys eat every thing!
    night crawlers, frozen krill, blood worms, pellets, any type of fish i throw the tank, shrimp, clam chunks, scuds, and guppies...they love guppies ( i breed my own)

    Collected her my self over a year ago she was around 1 1/2 inches and is now 4 1/2!
    here are a few pics of her...i love taking pics of this fish, they are little mini monsters with tons of personality
    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  3. Kaosu

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    and the two prickly sculpin babies collected this spring from the same location
    the larger of the two sort of rules the tank when the my big girl is in hiding ...though it stays mostly in the rocks

    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  4. Kaosu

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    and the two unknown the largest is the dark solid ..witch is about the size of the large one when i first got it
    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]i have tons more pics...and even some i have yet to get off of the camera...so more recent once to come!

    Enjoy! and any comments/ questions are welcome!
     
  5. THE V

    THE V Hiding from my children

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    Last time I went fishing one of those took my worm.
     
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    Wow, that is really cool.
    So the big girl doesn't eat the little ones? Are they
    "prickly" as in having some nasty defense mechanism?
     
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    yup she does!!
    these are survivors of about 30 i dropped in the tank as food this summer...4 have survived though im expecting one or two of them to make it to grow out..they have small places to hide and get out of the way of the all seeing mouth of the tank. Im upgrading there tank to a 55...soon ish maybe another 6 months or so..so if any one if alive them then they win!!!(if not off to collect again im hoping for a few females and a male to try my hand at breeding them)

    and nope..all soft and squishy ..prickly is just what they are called, these guys don't even have scales.
    and here is another pic!
    [​IMG]
     
    #7 Kaosu, Nov 1, 2010
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  8. BettaFishMommy

    BettaFishMommy finkids make me happy :-)

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    they are beautiful and i must say a very interesting looking fish! now you've made me go google, lol.
     
  9. captaincaveman9

    captaincaveman9 Innocent and Pure!

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    Sculpin are awesome fish, wish i had a tank for them, I loved cave sculpin.
     
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    Amazing fish, amazing pictures!
     

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