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Today after I finished work I went to a local freshwater creek to find three small rocks to put in a tank, with water flowing strong, Baby blue eyes and shrimp were all around the edges.

I decided to collect a few due to the fact that the waterway was not protected by law, and when I got home I decided to re scape an old 2 ft tank with 4 new season Algae Shrimp, they are Goldold Caridina Sp. I also collected some pacific blue eyes for the tank and accidently got a baby Jungle Perch. I later remember them grazing in a school over an algae covered rock in the creek. They looked like Apistogramma but without the colours. I luckily only got one, which is the restricted allowance for collection with these species.

By accident I caught this fish when I Pretty much blindly scooped up about 6x 3-4cm fish. This was the most I have ever caught from the wild and in the risk of accepting the possibility of diseases, I did do a very weak Malachite green diluted bath before getting every creature into the new habitat.

I began this little tank a while back which has been faithful as a grow out tank. I just rescaped the tank 5 hours ago. Just now (as I post these pics) It has become home to 4 Algae shrimp babies, a school of 14 Pacific Blue Eyes (2.8-4cm) and one Jungle Perch baby 3cm. I wanted a small tank that had a few plants with the space to add specific species of flora later on. The Jungle perch was a complete suprise to me, until I got the fish into the tank, and I am seroiusly considering a seperate tank when it gets bigger

The rocks I found have mosses growing on them, one is pelia moss and the other is a java moss. The tank was Re-started with a substrate of JBL Florapol, Peatmoss, Mineralized soil, Fine River sand and a patch toward the front with course river sand and gravel finely spread over the sand.
I added established driftwood, an established sponge filter and used Prime to condition the water.
Tomorrow I will post more pics, so to see the jungle perch, as he has not settled in so well, please be patient.
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What state do you live in that you have access to all these things? I wish I knew what I could legally collect here.

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Hi Cottagewitch, I live in North Queensland, Port Douglas to be accurate. We are surrounded by a diverse range of life here and I am very lucky to have the privilege of finding and studying the creeks around the area.


I am very strict with what I take and when as to not impact the environment.

Here is a shot I got of the jungle perch baby, he is so cute !

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