local catch, beginning of seine net season

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Captured a little 1 inch sea robin, and boy is he cool. Took about 4 days for him to eat pellets. I didn't know he can change colors. I had him over gravel, but he seems to have problems with food he cant see. He's use to food being kicked up by his feet, then as it swims away, he eats it. Since the pellets don't move, I had to move him over bare bottom.
 

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I've got a feeding plan set up for these sea horses. Turns out amphipods eat seaweed. I've been scraping the algae from my algae scrubber and dumping the biomass into a 5 gallon tank running off a sponge filter. There seems to be many amphipods breeding in the scrubber, so I decided to harvest them. The amphipods population seems to have been expanding and consuming algae faster than I could feed them. I caught 9 seahorses last weekend, only kept a couple of the smallest ones. I think I can keep them indefinitely, with food grown from the scrubber. In the photo I did bring a bag of ulva back from the ocean to help boost the amphipod population.

NOTE: after getting the look down to eat new life spectrum, I was not able to feed it often enough for it to maintain its weight. It feeding habits are like anthias. I will not try to collect those in the future, unless I can feed it soft food every few hours.
The burrfish, killifish, spearing, gobies and the blenny took to pellets right away.
 

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Location is oak beach or captree park. Needs to be on any where on the south shore, but protected by a barrier island. If you study the map there are plenty of locations from far rockaway to Shinnecock bay. Yes mussels will grow in a tank as long as there is plenty of tiny food in the water column. Plankton.
 
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I am getting inquiries for meeting up, if you have a car, I don't mind help with the net. It takes 2 to pull it and there is a very limited time of a couple of minutes to sort the fish, before they die out. There is about a 3 hour window at low tide in the morning to do this all and it's constant work. I ride a motorcycle, so I can't give rides. Next low tide in the weekend should be at the end of the month.
 

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So basically you park in that lot, and do you cross ocean parkway to other side, or do you throw the net on same side as the fishing piers? Do you bring a bucket with a battery power air pump? I am there all the time, never thought to look for tropic fish. Very cool.
 
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4 fish, I stay on the south side where the beach is. I would imagine they are also on the north side, since I do sample the north side under bridges. The south side is easy walking of course. The best spot is sore thumb, but that's a hike. I would also imagine the north side of Robert Moses is also good, though again it's a hike from the parking lot. If you have a boat, the ocean is your oyster. Yes bucket, air pump and frequent water changes. Then ice pack and cooler for the ride home. If the water gets too warm the O2 runs out. Shinocock bay should also be good. But that's what divers tell me.
CRABFly, thanks! I've been searching for an eel with no luck, it's a blenny.
 

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