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fatboy8

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BrookKeeper to follow up from one of our conversations earlier pertaining to the color of the brookies you have compared to PA did manage to get one worth taking a picture of the pattern of. It's crazy how different regions with the same fish can have so many different visual attrtibutes

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BrookKeeper to follow up from one of our conversations earlier pertaining to the color of the brookies you have compared to PA did manage to get one worth taking a picture of the pattern of. It's crazy how different regions with the same fish can have so many different visual attrtibutes

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Nice fish, fatboy! How long? I am guessing over 12"? The population I collected from does have the yellow/orange belly in the wild, that muted out almost immediately when I got them into captivity (suggesting that it is not a deitary difficiency, but rather a behavioral response). Even in the wild, however, this population lacks in the blue halo that I love so much... Maybe I just haven't seen enough of the bigger fish in that stream, good excuse to head down and chuck some flies soon.
 

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Nice fish, fatboy! How long? I am guessing over 12"? The population I collected from does have the yellow/orange belly in the wild, that muted out almost immediately when I got them into captivity (suggesting that it is not a deitary difficiency, but rather a behavioral response). Even in the wild, however, this population lacks in the blue halo that I love so much... Maybe I just haven't seen enough of the bigger fish in that stream, good excuse to head down and chuck some flies soon.
Yeah I didn't measure it but I would eye ball it over 12" but less than 14". I know for most native streams I fish this is the largest I've ever caught with most in the 5-8" range. But that's crazy the orange belly immediately seized once in captivity. I'd be curious to see if a stockie would keep its color but their color varies so much at the hatcheries. I've caught the ones with no Orange on them to ones that almost look native
 

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Harassed a madtom this afternoon with flash photography, he actually came to the opening of the cave to see what was going on! It is a little hard to say, but I think that he might have a bit of a belly on him...2015-09-06 15.35.05.jpg
 
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That's sick man I've had all 3 trouts farm raised brooks Browns and rainbows. They were awesome kept them unheated and they did great. Awesome fish might try and do a brown in my 300 next year or so. Browns and brooks were my favorite by far I like brookies a lot but being char they don't tolerate those temps very well
 

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That's sick man I've had all 3 trouts farm raised brooks Browns and rainbows. They were awesome kept them unheated and they did great. Awesome fish might try and do a brown in my 300 next year or so. Browns and brooks were my favorite by far I like brookies a lot but being char they don't tolerate those temps very well
Yea, I wouldn't recommend any salmonid without proper cooling, but that isn't to say that they can't survive without it. I guess it just depends on your climate and how long you plan to keep them. The way I see it, if you are going to ask a fish to adjust to and aquarium environment, you ought not push them on any other environmental tolerance. A sustained temperature of 65*F is as high as I would go, even short spikes above that would be too much in my opinion.
 
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Yea, I wouldn't recommend any salmonid without proper cooling, but that isn't to say that they can't survive without it. I guess it just depends on your climate and how long you plan to keep them. The way I see it, if you are going to ask a fish to adjust to and aquarium environment, you ought not push them on any other environmental tolerance. A sustained temperature of 65*F is as high as I would go, even short spikes above that would be too much in my opinion.
Yep I'm in Michigan which is pretty up north so un heated in my basement gets a max of 67f in the summer and high 40s to mid 50s in the winter which was cool with even the brooks although I kept a few upstairs even in the summer and they were cool with that. I found that the aeration current and clean clean water was the most important in maintaining them not temp as much but like u said I wouldn't recommend it either especially not for beginners
 
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