Originally Posted by Maxkolbe
So for an aquarium this was what I was thinking.
Let's go large to be on the safe side and go with a nice long tank like a 55 gallon.
Use canister filters and put the intake and outake on opposite ends of the tank so you get a good current. Use double filtration to keep the water clean, most likely a necessity if they come from a stream. The water should also be fairly cool. About the temp of the stream.
Decor could consist of larger, rounded rocks or driftwood, some could even stick partially out the top to keep with the stream feel. with plants collected from the same stream as the fish.
For food I'd start with some kind of insect larvae (Bloodworms etc.) and try to wean them onto frozen foods.
For tank mates you could try white clouds since they're cheap if they get eaten and also like cool water.
Remember this is all just ideas, I actually know nothing about keeping these fish and was trying to come up with something that would probably work.
All in all sounds like a pretty fun project. I'll be interested on how it turns out if you try it
I was thinking a 55 long with a good flowing current if I do this so thanks for the canister filter idea I never would have thought of that having never needed a strong current in my tanks
I was going to leave it unheated as they're likely temperate fish like the minnows I find.
The large rocks are definitely a good idea. I was kinda thinking of trying to mimic the river I found it in, the bottom is a mix of silt, rocks and gravel, would it be possible to mimic the silt using fine grain sand? Food wise my dad says he used to watch these fish eat small fish (I.e. minnows, trout fry etc) as well as mayfly and dragonfly larvae, so I'd like to mimic that as closely as possible too, However judging by that this tank would have to be a species tank considering it would likely eat anything smaller than its mouth :S although i could try using some of the minnows i find in the same river just to check i guess.
I may try it when I have the funds and space for another tank. Would be a cool project. From what I can find there are no laws on collecting this fish but I'll check that out properly before I get started. I'm still having trouble finding any real info on keeping this fish in an aquarium which is a little worrying. However I'm finding plenty of literature on the subject, downside is its all in German or the like...