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Old 12-04-2014, 05:02 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by 54seaweed View Post
first off sheep's head get hug 55g is too small that's like putting a large blue fish into a 5g nano, it is totally discouraged to release fish back into the wild after they have been in captivity,
in certain parts of Florida it is illegal to collect any type of sea life with out a permit
fines can range from $100. all the way up to $100,000. it's really no joke
you don't need to start a salt water tank if your not going to be responsible
and follow dept of wildlife's strict guidelines
+1. I remember a member who lives in the Keys that collected his own fish. However, he didn't break any laws by doing so.

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Old 12-05-2014, 09:02 AM   #12
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I would get fish from your local fish store. The last thing I would do I collect natives from the wild, the FWC or DNR may get you. These fish may also have a disease of some type. No offense but I'm just backing up all of the other posts regarding the same info.

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My brother-in-law lives in Melbourne Beach, FL. All of their aquarium stock comes from local waters. Not to say whether or not this is illegal, they are natives to the area and do what they choose. There is no wild tropical marine fish selection on the western gulf, and I prefer to purchase healthier stock from the local aquarium stores.

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Old 12-08-2014, 07:27 AM   #14
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Bro I'm 12 and I'm in 600$ deep with a biocube

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You will be surprised on what you can catch and keep. When at the pier fishing I saw a guy that always goes there bring up 2 angelfish on sabiki. He looked at me and said im not eating it...lol I know he wasnt as ive seen him fishing for snook and pomps before. He showed me his 300g setup and was moving up with a 500g setup. As a kid I used to keep snook but that's one game that you cant keep if i'm not mistaken. Pinfish, you can keep cause i use for bait.

I fish at the keys a lot and when catching bait fish i also catch plenty of nice Wrasse.

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Are saltwater tanks as hard as people say

You can certainly do it, but the variable is the size and type of SW aquarium you,want. If I were starting in SW at your age, I would suggest investigating nano aquariums up to 40 gallon. The NUVO for instance is pretty well setup and makes a beautiful aquarium. Or you can do a DIY type setup.

As some fish you might be able to collect are suitable for a smaller aquarium, most of them won't be. I would suggest starting with easy to keep, inexpensive fish then graduate to corals along the way. It is really easy to get in a hurry and trash the money you invest in life stock, so be patient and start slow.

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