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Old 12-07-2012, 06:27 PM   #16
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I think a lot of us would be satisfied if we could just see about 10,000 cool photos of them in their habitat.
You actually have a lot of the genus in KY. I use to catch them in Creeks in Lexington growing up. Plenty of them south in Daniel Boone National forest, Mammoth cave area, west over towards Pike county. Across the border in Hoosier national forest, there are many species also. Use to be common when I was a kid. They did well till the warmer summers in aquariums.
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:31 PM   #17
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I've actually been catching (and releasing) darters like this (not as colorful) since the 80s in Eastern Kentucky.

There are quite a few of them that live throughout the Louisville area, too. A bunch of them near the Falls of the Ohio on the Indiana side.

I really need to start paying more attention to them.

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You actually have a lot of the genus in KY. I use to catch them in Creeks in Lexington growing up. Plenty of them south in Daniel Boone National forest, Mammoth cave area, west over towards Pike county. Across the border in Hoosier national forest, there are many species also. Use to be common when I was a kid. They did well till the warmer summers in aquariums.
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Old 12-08-2012, 07:25 PM   #18
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The TVA has done a great deal to destroy the darter populations and species in the region unfortunately. Lots of Freshwater invert species also come from that region. The small stream habits need protection in the south and Eastern USA in a huge way. The entire group is an awesome fish for cool water aquariums and plants do great at the 60-70F ranges also.
this is all true

however we are seeing pretty good protection agencies local come out and do the good work, lots of control for catcing fish here lately.. more specifically sizing. lots of work has been put into breeding studies and population control. not to mention carp hunting which is destroying habitats leftand right
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Old 12-23-2012, 03:05 PM   #19
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Any idea on the status of this fish is it protected
It has its own group of Secret Service Pike...

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