I gotcha on the wild/native thing, I just didn't expect you were drawing that distinction. I am still not used to how AWESOME this forum is! To answer that question more directly, they are ALMOST purely native, although genetic analysis of the stream shows a small amount of hatchery influence. There aren't many places that you don't get some mud in the blood... stocking has been going on so long and true native populations have been so thoroughly insulted by warming temperatures.BrookKeeper sorry my native vs. wild thing was a little confusing. In PA we have three different classifications of trout- native trout which obviously have always been there naturally reproducing and what not, wild trout which were stocked at some point but naturally reproduce in the wild and then everyone's favorite the stockie. The reason I mentioned the wild trout is I've caught/seen pictures of wild brownies, bows, and brookies and usually their coloration is close to a native fish but theres always something goofy thrown in. I was just wondering if that is where the orange dots occured but I have a feeling it is just the coloration of your regions brookies. All the brookies stocked, wild, or native in Tioga and Potter county PA have had the blue halo. I am glad to read you only run a 1/3 hp and it is more than enough. I was looking at whatever the next size up wondering if that would be enough. I hate how those things are a fortune and everyone selling them used around me thinks they're worth an arm and leg and don't depreciate.
As for the chiller, you just have to stalk Craigslist constantly! I looked for about a year before I found mine, and I bought it and had it sitting around for another year before I was ready to use it. Keep an eye peeled, and one will pop up. I will start checking around here again from time to time. Something like that is worth a road trip, mine was only an hour away, but I drove 3 hours to Maryland for my tank, 125 gallon with stand and a ton of other junk for $300 - dude was switching hobbies to expand his beer brewing, and sent me home with some nice home brews as well.