Keep Wild Fish in Aquarium Illegal?

northern pike

Question: I’m looking at getting an aquarium and filling it was some wild her native Fish in the aquarium. What are the legalities and laws of keeping fish from the wild if I catch them orals contact a special source or how do I go about doing this? Really interested in getting some different fish other than just the plane aquarium fish that eats flake food and stuff that just seems boring to me I want something better. Please help me because I do not have any knowledge on this topic.

MudPupGuy5634 replied:
You actually have to watch what you go out and catch and put an aquarium because it is actually illegal to do that in most states in the United States. The reason it is illegal is because people are catching the fish and then traveling across the United States with these fish and they are bringing different invasive species to different areas.

The people in the aquarium hobby are one of the main reasons for a lot of the invasive species because they get greedy and want to keep them in an aquarium and that’s how they get transferred. If you’re looking to have a wild fish have to get a permit or something like that but if you keep some fish that are less of a problem and a new sense like a bluegill or a small panfish like that he will be better because they are already native Tamils all of the states.

PikeGuy76 replied:
Like he said if you use a fish that is not invasive that all but doesn’t have the ability to be invasive you will be perfectly fine at keeping them and no one’s going to bother you. Or if you keep the fish that is already an invasive cheer area it’s probably not going to be a big deal because it’s ready to leave more or less. But if you are traveling to different areas and keeping fish that are not habitats local to your area you’re going to catch some trouble for that.

But you have to remember that there could not too concerned about it because they do Mail fish across the world and a bag for these fish keepers that pay a lot of money so it’s not too big of a problem if you really think about it. And if the fish are not a problem yet they are probably not going to be one because with all of the time we have already had for people to do things wrong it whatever already occurred. Because it seems like it doesn’t take long for people to think of stupid things and it probably would have already happened if it was going to that’s at least my personal opinion alma mater.

KenziSport98 replied:
If you keep a pretty normal fish that is regular to your area and nobody kind of cares about more or less are going to be fine but if you’re keeping exotic fish you might have people scratching their heads so it’s really up to you on what you decide to keep.

There was a guy that lived a mile away from you that was keeping some fish that were actually a legal to have in the city and he eventually got cot just by word-of-mouth and people talking in here of our neighborhood looks pretty wicked. People is a big mouthy and on small neighborhoods talk a lot so you have to beware of what you tell people in show certain kids and stuff.

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Filter for 10 Gallon Aquarium, Most Common

This style of filter defined here in the video is the most common filter used from 10 to 30 gallon aquariums and above. The reason these are the most common used filters because they’re the easiest to maintain and they just run 24 seven hours a day for only a couple of dollars a month in electricity cost.

What happens with these filters is there is a canister that sits on the back and the pump is used to fill the canister and as the water floats to the top of the canister it overhangs using a waterfall effect. As the waterfalls into the aquarium it falls through different filter media’s in different filter types that you choose to put inside of the canister. Is realistically just forced through the filters and that filters the water very good and this happens continuously as long as the filters running.

If you can imagine these filters work great and people can even use multiple filters on one aquarium to pump a lot of volume of water. I have personally used a couple of them on my 30 gallon tank because I had a couple filters that were smaller in size so I just used multiple filters instead of just using one large one. You can find these filters all over at pet stores and they cost anywhere from US$10 all the way to a couple of hundred dollars. I can tell you right now though that they are the best method to use for middle size aquariums because they are so easy to maintain.

For more of a visual experience you can watch the video here of me describing how these filters work. I’m not the greatest at explaining this type of thing but I do my best year to give a visual aid as for people can see what is actually happening before they go out and buy these.

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Is this Molly Fish Pregnant? Can You Help?

I need some help figuring out if my molly fish is pregnant. I just recorded this video to get some other opinions. I have three dalmation molly fish that are living in a brackish 10 gallon aquarium. It is very weak salt water and water is constantly getting changed in and out of water changes to keep it high on oxygen. I really care for my fish and need some help here. I have never taken care of molly fry so some help would be very much appreciated.

These are the top questions that come to mind right away for me. Do I remove the newly born molly fish fry or leave them inside of the tank with the older fish? What do I feed the new fry that are ever so small? Do I need to get a separate tank for the new babies that are on their way?

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Crappie Jigs and Facts to Know

Crappie (Pomoxis nigromaculatus) may be found ...

Crappie (Pomoxis nigromaculatus) may be found at the Turkey Run WMA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The crappie jig now comes in countless sizes, colors, and materials but the principle is the same- a small, light-weight, lead-head lure with a flexible tail that mimics a small baitfish in trouble. The jigging action from which the crappie jig gets its name is given to the lure by periodically flipping the wrist to bounce it off the bottom in little hops or around weeds and other structure that naturally attract crappie.

But even though a standard store-bought jig will catch you fish it is fun to customize things a bit by making your own. You can even make your own jigheads if you want, but the videos below concentrate on designing and tying your own special lures much like flyfishermen  make trout flies.

I’ve always liked the idea of fly tying both as an art form and relaxing winter pastime, but since I’m not much into either troutfishing or even flyfishing, I have left this hobbie to others, but these videos make jig tying look simple enough that even I may give it a try.

Whether you go the store-bought route or make your own, crappie jigs are a great addition to your crappie fishing arsenal. And in your larger sizes, a crappie jig will double as a great bass bait as well. Tip the jig with a leech or piece of nightcrawler and they are pretty irresistible to a nice largemouth, smallmouth or jumbo bluegill.

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Catch Big Crappies Sales Pitch, Kinda Funny Actually

Pomoxis nigromaculatus

Pomoxis nigromaculatus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sure, five pound bass and fat rainbow trout may be the “stars” of the fishing world, but crappies are the sentimental favorites among an elite group of die-hard anglers of every age and description. And while bass fishing normally requires some degree of casting skill and fishing know-how, a kid with a cane pole, a minnow, a hook, and a bobber can outfish his elders for crappie on some days with just a little bit of luck.

What is it about these crappie that make them so irresistible? It’s not their size, even though a big one is a nice fish, they can’t compete with bass, walleye, northerns, muskies, or even catfish in the size department.

And while they can put up a fair tussle, and must be handled gently so their “paper” mouths don’t tear free, they don’t jump out of the water and make strong runs the way a bass does. And they aren’t likely to take out much line or pull out the drag like a big northern. But gently lifting a big “slab” crappie into the boat is still a real thrill, and enough excitement to get an angler “hooked” on crappie fishing for life.

Then, of course, there is the taste of crispy crappie fillets! They are a delicacy that you won’t find in fish markets, and a good case can be made for them being the cleanest, mildest and tastiest fish you can catch. They sure rank right up there with walleye in taste, and leave bass and catfish far behind.

But I think there is some special about their beauty that the key to their appeal. The sunlight reflects from their silver sides. Their large waving fins and big eyes are hypnotic. And the subtle colors across their backs and “broad shoulders” are beautiful to behold. In fact, there is something downright mysterious about this fish which explains their wide appeal, but which is very hard to put in words…

I’m sure part of the appeal is the simplicity. Sure, some crappie pros use high-tech electronics, but the basics are things that even a kid can master. And this simplicity brings fishermen of all ages and skill levels together in a fishing adventure that seldom disappoints. Crappies can be found in almost every state and every pond and lake. They can be caught year round, morning and evening and during the day. They can be caught from a boat or from the shore.

If you’re like me, “hooked on crappies,” you may think you know all the crappie catching secrets you’ll ever need, but think again! In every state and on every crappie lake their are “crappie masters” that can teach us all a thing or two about how to catch the “big-uns.” The trouble is they tend to keep these secrets to themselves. If they do “spill the beans” it will probably be as guides to folks who’ll spend up to $200 plus for a half day trip. (Boy, that makes for an expensive mess of fish!)

But hold on! I’ve found a true crappie catching guru who will share his lifelong secrets with us for a fraction of what these high-priced pros charge. If you want to catch more and bigger slabs, impress your friends and family, and have confidence that you can go to any lake and not come come empty-handed, then you owe it to yourself to check out this “crappie catching legend,” and his

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Irish Basking Shark are Endangered Species Now

An urgent call is now being made to the Irish government to have the Irish basking shark declared an endangered species. An alarming decrease in their numbers and age profile has been established from observation and other sources of information. This species, until relatively recently, was hunted by Norwegian boats to a point at which their numbers no longer presented the Norwegians with a viable financial profit margin. The remaining basking sharks are highly vulnerable to Irish driftnets, with a high toll being taken on their ever-depleting numbers.

The cruellest fate of all is reserved for this fish species, as the favoured method of removing them from the driftnets is by hacking off their tails. This renders them helpless and they then sink to the ocean floor – where they suffer a lingering death – usually by being eaten alive by crabs, etc.

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Driftnets for Ships in the Ocean

The “safest” boats in the world, according to the B.N.F.L., the double-hulled ‘Pacific-Pintail’ and her sister ship, the Pacific Teal, are expected in Irish waters shortly. The cargo on board these boats is the most dangerous known to humankind.

Among the many risks that this shipment must face are the driftnets obstructing their course. These nets have the properties of steel once entangled in the propellors of the boats, which can and have, resulted in the immobilising of boats. A simple incident in the above context occurring in heavy seas, in proximity to a rugged coastline (which has in the past reduced a large Spanish Armada to mere matchsticks), does not leave much to the imagination, double hull or not!!

Any dependence by the Pintail and Teal on their nuclear submarine escort to warn them of driftnet obstacles would be sadly mistaken, as submarines seem to be unable to detect fishing nets in water. Several incidents and sinkings of trawlers resulting in high loss of life among the crews of fishing vessels were proven against these submarines in the Irish sea. The incidents and the sinkings were caused by the submarines while underway submerged, running inadvertently into the trawlnets attached to the trawlers.

This organization calls upon B.N.F.L. not to contemplate their stealth course plans for the final stage of their voyage to their destination because this would bring the Pintail and Teal to within less than 10 kms of the Irish coastline. It would be much safer to publish their course and progress and to arrive in daylight.

The alertness of a licenced west-coast ferry skipper saved his ferry boat, crew, and passengers from imminent danger of immobilisation from an unattended salmon driftnet impeding his route. This recent incident was extremely hazardous with a high risk of loss of life as the coastline in the immediate vicinity has a sheer cliff face rising up 600ft directly out of the sea. The Irish navy was called to the scene and after several hours, they got the huge gillnet aboard and into a nearby port.

Monofilament gill driftnets have a notorious history in Irish fisheries due to their unique, lethal handling characteristics, especially during transportation and operation. Their use has been directly responsible for several tragedies, which resulted in high loss of human life.

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Baja Fishing Start Up Story Sent In from Guest

Our first trip to Baja was in 1978. We knew nothing about the tour business back then,
but loved to fish! In those days, we could get a four day trip from LAX to LaPaz for
$119.00 including hotel! We fished with Bob Butler and Jack Velez on their fleet. I had
met them on a previous trip and liked their program. We fished for two days at Isla
Spiritu Santos and Isla Cerralvo. Everybody caught fish and had a great time.

After several successful trips to La Paz, we started going to Loreto, staying at the Oasis
Hotel and fishing with the late Alfredo Ramirez. In the mid ’80s we even took the Arcadia,
CA High School Angling Club to Loreto! From there we took groups to the East Cape,
then Mazatlan and even Costa Rica!

Baja fishing became so popular in the 70’s and 80’s that many of the big travel
operators jumped in the game. The scene became so competitive, almost cut-throat,
that we decided to get out of the business and just enjoy Baja on our own personal
travels.  In the early ’90s, we realized there are  several destinations in Baja that are not
accessible by scheduled airlines. Ensenada, San Quintin and Bahia de Los Angeles
are places that we knew very well and had derived a great deal of enjoyment our of in
our own travels. None of these had airline service. This is where the Bus idea came in.
We did our first bus trip in ’94 to Ensenada, expanded to San Quintin, and now we
include Bahia de Los Angeles in our schedule.
We’ve discovered a great facility in Bahia de Los Angeles for divers. All brand new
equipment for tank fills and equipment rentals.

Travel from Southern California via
Charter Bus to San Quintin
(Beer, sodas, water, snacks free on bus)

Stay 4 nights at the
Old Mill Fishing Resort
right on the Bay of San Quintin

Fish 3 days with
Pedro’s Pangas

$695 per/person
double+ occupancy


A valid Passport is required for return
to the US from Mexico


Call for info:

San Quintin is located
approximately 200 miles south
of the border on the Pacific
side of the Baja Penninsula. It
is a sleepy little fishing village
known for it’s year round
Yellowtail, Rock Cod, Lingcod,
Calico Bass, Sand Bass and
Cabrillas. Seasonally Tuna,
White Sea Bass and Dorado
are caught.

Bahia de Los Angeles is on
the Sea of Cortez in the
Midriff Islands area approx.
425 miles south of the border.
In addition to Dorado,
Grouper and a permanent
colony of Yellowtail there is
always a multitude of bottom

Divers will find fascinating
reefs and rocky coves to
explore for sightseeing or
spearfishing. The resort has a
brand new compressor for
tank refills. Wet suits, weights
and rental gear is available
from the resort. Also, Kayaks
are available at no charge for
the guests

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Fish Bowls Are Immoral Wrong for Fish

fish bowl too small

I think it is pretty safe to say that when people put fish inside of small fishbowls that it’s pretty immoral. What happens to the fish is that it’s forced to live in a small environment that is almost unlivable for any species of fish.

The most common fish that I see put in fishbowls is the Japanese fighting fish also known as the beta fish. People think that these fish like to be in these little bowls because they are sold in these tiny little cups.

The main problem with the small fishbowls is that there’s not enough water and without that much water you’re going to have a low oxygen levels. So after the fish has laid some feces in the water the oxygen levels go down even more.

Because the water to oxygen level is such a ratio .. when feces is entered it goes even lower and that’s why a lot of fish die in fishbowls. It’s just basic math of how much oxygen is actually given to the fish in the small tank.

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Custom Fish Filter, Messing Around Bored

custom fish filter
I’ve decided to start toying around with some PVC to make a custom fish filter. After spending like an hour looking at how fish filters work online.. I think I’m ready to now make one. The only thing I’m lacking here is the media filter.

If you look at this design, you will notice where I plan to put the filter paper into. The PVC clean out unscrews and I can stuff a bunch of filter paper in there. And whole water is pushed through the pipes, it will filter the water and maybe even get some media rocks for ammonia or nitrate in there.

I still have to find a way to stop the ammonia rocks from going threw the pipes but maybe ill shove some amall net in there to catch them. I hate when ammonia rocks are in aquariums and it can’t be good for the fish right.

Let me know what you guys think of this so far. Remember that water is going to be constantly fed through the pipe and it will really be going at a fast rate. I believe my rate is like 600 gallons per hour.

I’m super excite to see if this baby works. I know it will work as long as the ammonia rocks don’t go through. But I guess I don’t even have to use the rocks either. I could always just do more water changes or get a chemical to drop in for nitrate levels.

Making custom fish filters is on my passions to do because they are hard to think of. I would consider my myself to be half plumber as well since my dad is a master plumber haha. Wish me luck because I’m going to go try this.

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