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  1. Does anybody have experience with these 2 as tank mates? I have a 10g with yellow fin White Clouds and Scarlet Badis and want to add a couple of Pygmy Sunfish. What are your thoughts?
  2. (Prepared for BAP in our fish club, Potomac Valley Aquarium Society) Spawning Report: Elassoma Okefenokee (Okefenokee Pygmy Sunfish) Submitted by Dave 14 July 2021 I bought two pairs of Elassoma Okefenokee from Jonah’s Aquarium, arriving on March 26, 2021. They went into a 20 gal tall loaded with Rocks, wood, hornwort, water lettuce, and lightly carpeted with bronze crypt. Filtration was powered by two sponge filters. Temperature was maintained at room temp - staying between 68-72. Here are several short videos of them right off the bat... Since these native U. S. fish require live foods and would not take flakes or frozen food, I fed baby brine shrimp, and seeded the substrate with loads of live black worms. When in spawning mode, males darken up and will display attractive blue streaks along their sides. To court females, male Okefenokee Pygmy Sunfish perform an impressive wiggle-all-fins dance to draw them to a suitable spawning location. My younger son got into them and we made a fun intro video together about them for our YouTube channel... It was not until May 24, 2021 that I found our first fry. I fed vinegar eels and baby brine shrimp regularly, assuming that there must be more. On May 31st, I was able to count 6x. Here is a photo showing 4x circled with orange brine-shrimp-filled bellies at night. Here is a June first video feeding of baby brine shrimp. On June 14, 2021 I located and counted 5x total fry. Had we lost some? They seem to have an uncanny ability to be come less visible the larger they grow. They really can be hard to photograph. Here are three photos all taken on July 4, 2021 that show with increasing difficulty how well they can blend into their surroundings... On July 13, 2021, we decided to tear apart the tank and find them all. Sammy was a great help spotting the little ones with his healthy young eyes. It took us 30 mins, and we found 12x fry. Here is a time-elapse video documenting the search and findings in just 2 mins. In the end, the greatest challenge is really finding the fry. They were all growing in the tank, but we never saw more than 7x at once. Water parameters were fairly good, with perhaps a touch too much Nitrate. The pH is higher in this tank than in others of ours due to a large amount of crushed coral added to the pea gravel substrate. pH - 8.0 Ammonia - 0 ppm Nitrite - 0 ppm Nitrate - 30-40 ppm In my final analysis, I think that these fish are for a certain kind of fish keeper. I enjoyed breeding them! But spent most of my time trying to find them.
  3. Fish Folk Jr. helped his old man tonight find and catch 12x Okefenokee Pygmy Sunfish fry. The most I'd ever counted at once was seven. This is really exciting, since it means that I can submit these for BAP. Yay! Here's a 30 minute video crammed down to just 2 mins of us catching them all. Had to take just about everything out to find them. I'll bet there's still one bugger in there...
  4. Can I get affirmation that Okefenokee Pygmy Sunfish fry are impossible to find and count??! “All in favor, say aye?” I found 7x a couple weeks back. Now, it’s a 15 min. search for 3x. How is it that they get better at hiding the larger they grow? This one wasn’t hard... This one was much harder... And now please pass the impossible sauce...
  5. “Look! There’s the sub-dominant male going after one!” says my 5-yr-old moments ago. (Kindergarten has no idea what is in store for it this fall 😂) We just made a decision: our Okefenokee Pygmy Sunfish adults are in desperate need of live food. Baby Brine isn’t ready. Sooooo.... We have a guppy + neocaridina colony. So, we decided to scoop out some fry + shrimplets for the OPS. Maybe some will survive! If not... they’ll help other fish to. Hard call... but such is nature. Easy to forget that virtually everything about what we hobbyists do is _unnatural_. In nature, baby fish are food all day long.
  6. So a few months ago I started a bit of a journey with my first spawn as a fish keeper of elassoma Evergladei. They are now over six months old, parents have moved on to a new owner and now the offspring have started to produce fry of their own. Spotted one today while cleaning the tank. https://youtube.com/shorts/wwE4yz3rSYs?feature=share
  7. Huge surprise!! So fun to find this little one
  8. Does anyone know where I can find pygmy sunfish forsale
  9. This little alpha Pygmy sunfish reminds me of “Toothless” from How to Train Your Dragon...
  10. Good morning, I’m in search of as much information on these little guys as I can get. There is not much out there on them. Aside from being easy to keep, they are native to the states, not aggressive unless spawning (which makes sense). And would require live food. Do any of you keep these guys and have any information on them you would be willing to share? I’m looking to be a sponge on knowledge with them. Thank you!
  11. I have some juvenile Gulf Coast Pygmy Sunfish that I might have to move soon. Currently they are in a holding tank for fish that will eventually go into the 1930s aquarium. This male (the dark colored fish behind the swordtails) is now king of this aquarium and all the other fish give him a wide berth. He hasn't fully colored up yet, but he has colored up enough for me to know he is a he. I guess they aren't juveniles anymore. I might setup a breeding tank, but I am waiting on @Randy and @Bob to get theirs going (and see who can breed them first).🙂
  12. I caught the sun lighting up this little breeding jar and felt I should share. This jar is a no-tech jar with no light other than the sunlight and no filtration other than the pothos, Java moss, susswasertang, and hornwort. They’re real hard to get a picture of as any movement spooks them, but in the second photo you can see a bit of one of the females
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