KittenFishMom Posted December 5, 2021 Share Posted December 5, 2021 I was reading "Fish I wish I bought sooner" and posted this there, but thought I should really just start it as a new topic.: I have been thinking about going non-native for my inside tank. My current native fish seem to only be willing to eat frozen blood worm, scud, and brine shrimp. My scuds colony had a collapse of some sort. I am trying to build up the population because it is too cold to get them in the lake now. I am also starting up a brine shrimp colony, but it will take time to get enough to feed all my fish adult shrimp. (Note: The bigger/older "shiners" have a dark spot on their dorsal fin, so now I think they are blunt nose minnows, but am not sure) I was thinking about thinning out the tank to just the very smallest of the fish and add some endlers or guppies, but I am beginning to realize the even the tiny fish will get bigger and probably eat whatever fish I add. All the native fish are skittish. Reading this thread about friendly fish makes me wonder if that might be more fun. It would also be nice to have fish that would eat a wider variety of foods. I want to visit a Mom and Pop pet store, that has been around for decades and see what their fish are like and what they (the fish, not the owners) will eat. There is a person near here with a spring fed pond he has built that will give any native fish a good home, so I could send him what is in my tank and start fresh with domesticated fish rather than trying to tame these fish to live in a 55 gallon inside an active home. I do think the fish were happier in the 120 tank in the quiet garage. Yesterday I stopped at a Petco and asked what food they had for mystery snails. (I caught a bunch in the lake, including huge ones). The Petco employee said "Oh you don't feed them. They eat algae and stuff". That is why I want to try this old pet shop that isn't part of a big chain. I would love your input on options for the future of my 55 gallon indoor tank. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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