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post #16 of 29 (permalink) Old 05-16-2014, 12:32 AM
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That tank (and the discus) look beautiful.
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post #17 of 29 (permalink) Old 05-16-2014, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
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Ctaylor~ Now that's a response! Exactly what I was looking for, if I ever head up that way I'll be sure to check them out, much appreciated.

Also, I will keep you in mind, for when I decide to set up a shrimp tank. May I ask what kind of shrimp? Got a link to some pictures?
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Oh Aqaustudent, good to know I'm not alone in Albany. I work in Albany, but live in Colonie.
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There are quite a few people in the area.

I've got a question for y'all. I'm looking to decorate a new 135g and was wondering if anybody has used local shrubbery and if they had any suggestions.

I was considering asking some of my relatives out in California to cram a box full of Manzanita but I'm not sure I want someone else picking out my options :P Plus, the best pieces, the ones with the most character, will make it difficult to send other pieces in the same box.

I found some nice looking dried logs near my place that I was considering using but am open to suggestions.
What do you mean by local shrubbery, You're planning on using shrubs in your tank?
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What do you mean by local shrubbery, You're planning on using shrubs in your tank?
By shrubbery I just meant what's left over. I recently showed my friend (he's from China) a clip from Monty Python and I have shrubbery on the brain.

I'd end up using some sort of hardwood. There are some nice fallen pieces of birch that I feel would make a great scape.

I'm going to have some monster fish so I don't want something so large that it looks chunky but also need something that'll be able to take a beating.


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Oh I was going to go there I just finished at HVCC. Birch decomposes really fast to be honest. I would stick with manzanita.
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Hardwoods are beyond common, there's loads of state land in the area and I'm sure you could find some nice pieces. Or you could take a trip up to Lake George later in the summer and take out a Kayak and find some really nice pieces, or stay closer and look at other smaller places.

Thompson's Lake (there's a state campground with a launch) Not a ton of people usually, and it's pretty shallow and would be easy to find pieces in.
There's also Partridge Run that has loads of small ponds on it, and it is thousands of acres of state land, might be a good place to look at, its roughly a 30 min. drive from the Albany Campus, possibly 45 min.

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Thanks ADJ. I have family up in Ticonderoga and I'll be hiking a bunch of the high peaks this summer. I'll definitely be keeping my eyes out.
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Spring runoff on any of the million local creeks provides a plethora of opportunity. Cross a bridge, pull over and walk up or downstream depending on your mood.

35 years in Texas but I was born and raised in Saratoga County New York, the Adirondak's are my first love.
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Anyone know if,there are native plecos up here. We saw something in a stream that looked like one but didn't have a net

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Anyone know if,there are native plecos up here. We saw something in a stream that looked like one but didn't have a net

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Don't believe so, could have been some sort of bait fish such as a sucker or the likes, i don't think a pleco could survive in the temperatures the water is


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Yea, that's what we thought it was gone before,we could really tell lol. Was pretty,neat looking fish

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Anyone know if,there are native plecos up here. We saw something in a stream that looked like one but didn't have a net

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Perhaps it was a "sucker"?

http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7014.html

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Suckers


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A large group of fish, numerous species of suckers inhabit New York State's waters. Some, such as the redhorse, are only found in a few waters in the State, while others, such as the white sucker, can be found all over New York State.
Suckers look like large minnows. They have generally large fleshy lips and most species have underslung mouths. The shape, size, and coloration for a single species may vary according to the habitat they live in. Suckers range in size from six to 24 inches. They are omnivorous, eating both plant and animal material along the bottom of streams and lakes.
Suckers are spring spawners. During the spawning period, males develop small, raised structures called tubercles on their head and fins. Suckers migrate upstream and spawn in groups in shallow, swift water. Like salmon, some suckers make large "spawning runs" in certain New York State streams.
Suckers are a main food item of osprey and eagles. They are fun to fish for and although few people have tried them, they are excellent to eat. They have firm, white, light-tasting meat, especially during spring."
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