Thanks! Yeah, that lure came in with one of the shovel fulls of mud and gravel. The hook was already gone. I thought it made the whole thing just a bit more authentic.
I'd ideally like MUCH MORE GREEN, but I tend to go a little overboard (for those of you who have seen my other tanks).
I can't wait to really get this thing teaming with life! Still trying to find some pretty small fish to go in it. Someone suggested the dollar sunfish which looks ok, but I can't have a 6 inch long fish in there. Maybe 4 inches tops.
I'm still going to try some darters, but as others have said, I may have a jumping issue. I may just have to go with some small minows or something.
well, and a madtom or two. Definitely a madtom or two.
The area I chose for rock/mud collection is on some private property of friends of ours. This section of the river keeps changing (moves several feet a year). I manually picked up the big rocks, making sure to move around a lot so as not to just destroy one spot. The mud/gravel was about 3 shovel fulls.
For fish/bugs I will manually be wading with a net in my hand. Optimal for catching things like darters would be seining, but I just enjoy wading around and grabbing things. I may also take a large jar to pick up some mud/plant matter for new invertebrate life.
The idea of putting on a mask and just floating down the river looking for cool stuff is so pleasant. Like the best fish store ever.