View Full Version : Fish Collection Trips

03-31-2010, 03:35 PM
Has anybody on this FB gone on Fish collection trips / kept natives.What are the native fishes that can be kept with cichlids, i know the blue gills can be kept.

What all can we find here around DFW area ?????

I have gone on few trips when i was in India, India is known to have the 3 cichlid species Etroplus Canarensis (endangered but sucessfull captive breeding has been done), Etroplus Maculatus, Etroplus Suratensis.

We also have many barbs (Puntius Sp), Killies, Loaches, Danios, Channas..!!!!

Would like to know what can be fond in the waters here, would be nice to keep a native tank....

Can SA/CA cichlids be called natives, i always had this doubt.....:)

03-31-2010, 07:26 PM
Texas cichlid could I guess. They can survive down south. I have always wanted to go collect wild trimac in mexico. A guy on cichlid forum goes every year(to different places). He takes people along but you have to foot your own bill. It runs about 2k and they go for a week.

Around here you can find the standard natives. Sunfish and crappie, bass types and catfish. I have seen small brightly colored schooling fish in the lakes and I have no idea what they are. I can never get close..and they would fit through a cast net.

03-31-2010, 07:55 PM
There are also jumbo Xiphophorus helleri found in reigons in Mexico.....

what is the small schooling fish you are talking about....where do you see them....???

03-31-2010, 08:38 PM
I know some of our members have collected killifish in the area, but it's a small source, and secret.

Arnold has gone on quite a few collecting trips, including catching mollies in San Antonio.

03-31-2010, 08:48 PM
Killifish........nice.....i totally understand it being a secret.......

Do we have any known water spot around DFW area that we could go fish collecting.....do we have loaches here..

03-31-2010, 09:53 PM
I heard people collecting fish the San Macros River

04-01-2010, 11:01 AM
Where is this river....????, how far from DFW area...

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04-01-2010, 11:34 AM
It is only a secret if you are not in the killifish club........


04-01-2010, 11:36 AM
San Marcos is close to San Antonio so about 3 hours south on Interstate 35

04-01-2010, 11:49 AM
The killifish are caught here locally ........


04-01-2010, 11:50 AM
DFW area you can collect fundulus zebrinos, I never collected them, I read it in aqualog.

04-01-2010, 12:10 PM
Cute looking fish Luiz, this below link give the location map but cant pinpoint exact area...


04-01-2010, 01:32 PM
I had heard about the local killies. But it seemed like the people who knew about it wanted to protect it. Makes sense.

Oscar I have seen the schooling fish in bedford boys ranch and grapevine lake. They are very skinny/thin minnow types. I cant ever get a good look. But I can see some color on the sides so its been a goal of mine to catch some one day. :)

04-01-2010, 01:49 PM
I'm in the Killifish club and I don't know where this place is! :D

04-01-2010, 01:54 PM
@ china8usa........lets work on a convinient day/time and go catch some.....:D, its always fun going on fish collection trips...

04-01-2010, 02:06 PM
I would hit every park thats around you which has a small stream going through it. Use google maps in satellite view to find them.

04-01-2010, 03:44 PM
Come to the next killifish meeting and I am sure the secret would be shared....and fundulus zebrinos look much better in person....I use to have a few hundred of them.....


04-01-2010, 03:56 PM
they make cast nets that are almost impossible to escape from. i just bought one from bass pro to catch ghost minnows or skip jacks

04-02-2010, 10:32 AM
@ John, when would the next Killifish meeting ???

@ Ken, where do you plan to catch the ghost minnows ????

04-02-2010, 01:58 PM
Anybody know a good spot to collect large waterbugs? I'm thinking about doing a plant/waterbug only tank.