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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-05-2008, 01:46 PM Thread Starter
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rescuing some fish

well..a bunch of mummichogs were going to be put down for no reason at all..other than they were not needed in my lab...so I decided to save them all...no sense in having them killed

they are hardy fish...ranging from full marine to freshwater..commonly found in estuaries..

right no they are in brackish water..
Im going to get an outdoor kiddie pool...the biggest one I can get and set it up for them outside..rough last min planning...but I didnt expect it either..they were all going to be dissected and have their organs removed and have of them were used..but the remainder were saved by me

any suggestions?? Im going to try to eventually convert them to freshwater..but for now obv they will be brackish...any ideas or suggestions?


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wow good job! glad you saved them. can't wait for a pic, i've never heard of those fish before

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thanks..Im not expecting them all to survive...do to how unexpected this was...but in the end if some will survive..i'll be happy- i really hope I can get them to live in freshwater some day...that would make me life a bit easier


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Never heard of that kind of fish...but congrats! I hope all goes well for you and the fish.How many are there?




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Congrats good thing you saved them. Just curious why would they remove all the organs?





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I found this when I googled. It's from your Government! (neato). United States Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service. Mind you, I think it says the bulletin was from 1953 HA!!!!! lol I thought it would be helpful, but I also found it funny to find something so old.

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THE MUMMICHOGS OR KILLIFISHES. FAMILY POECILIIDAE

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* Common mummichog - Fundulus heteroclitus (Linnaeus) 1766
* Striped mummichog - Fundulus majalis (Walbaum) 1792
* Sheepshead minnow - Cyprinodon variegatus Lacépède 1803

The mummichogs are small fishes made recognizable by having only one short soft-rayed dorsal fin situated far back, and ventrals situated on the abdomen, combined with a small mouth at the tip of the snout, a very thick caudal peduncle, and a rounded tail fin. The family is represented in the Gulf of Maine by three species, two of Fundulus and one of Cyprinodon, the former slender and the latter deep in outline, a difference in body form sufficient to distinguish the one genus from the other at a glance. The teeth are likewise different in the two genera, those of Fundulus being sharp-pointed, whereas they are wedge-shaped in Cyprinodon and incisorlike. The two local species of Fundulus are separable by their markings, majalis of all ages being barred or streaked with black while the adult heteroclitus is not.
From: http://www.gma.org/fogm/Poeciliidae.htm

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I will post some pics..
I have around 50+, I brought a 451gal kiddie pool
They collect organs to harvest/culture the cells to be later used in drug studies ect..sometimes you treat a fish with different chemicals and then test to see whats happening to their cells on a molecular level
They are hardy fish and are also good candidates for testing of water quality...an indicator of pollution

they are sometimes referred to as the american killifish, they mate during the full moon, their eggs can dry up in the marsh and when it floods the area...you get baby fry, also during the really cold months they can bury themselves 8in + under the sand and hibernate this way


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Good luck with them! I've kept killifish but not that species.




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they re surprisingly very hardy...I ve managed to get them down to 5ppt salinity..at this rate they may be full freshwater by the end of September


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How do you make a fish a freshwater fish?

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How do you make a fish a freshwater fish?
I don't think you can with many fish, but with some you can, and slowly (VERY) you lower the salt in the water and eventually you have freshwater fish

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some fish can go from salt to freshwater..salmon..mollies..and these fish just to name a few..but not all fish are capable..and you cant just do this with any fish..it would kill it not matter how slow of an acclimation you tried
some brackish fish can survive in freshwater..but they dont thrive or live long..
so it REALLY varies depending on the species


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Good luck with them. That's pretty much how I got my betta fish too - from one of my colleges labs


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thanks..they re doing really well..esp outside
I think Im going to look at a better "pond" container that is sturdier outside and add some driftwood for them


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