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24 hours later, and it's time the crab that molted yesterday to leave the next.  He's big enough now that he could damage/kill some of the fish, so "adios, amigo!"

 

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And on a side note, baby Winter Flounder on the right, baby Summer Flounder on the left.

 

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As always, getting them to eat, and verifying they're eating, is the hardest part for me.

 

I've seen the Pipefish pick at a Shrimp here and there, and even think I've heard the loud "snaps" that come when they nail a Shrimp for real, but haven't seen it happen yet.  The Seahorse, well he just floats around like a cripple.  I honestly don't see how he's nimble enough to catch and eat anything, so needless to say, I've been worried about him since the day he made the trip up from Wildwood.

 

But, from time to time, miracles happen.  No idea if the Horse caught/killed this Shrimp himself, or if he simply snatched a dead one off the bottom, but either way, I'd call this eating, and I'll take it.

 

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6 mins ago, JoeyZac said:

As always, getting them to eat, and verifying they're eating, is the hardest part for me.

 

I've seen the Pipefish pick at a Shrimp here and there, and even think I've heard the loud "snaps" that come when they nail a Shrimp for real, but haven't seen it happen yet.  The Seahorse, well he just floats around like a cripple.  I honestly don't see how he's nimble enough to catch and eat anything, so needless to say, I've been worried about him since the day he made the trip up from Wildwood.

 

But, from time to time, miracles happen.  No idea if the Horse caught/killed this Shrimp himself, or if he simply snatched a dead one off the bottom, but either way, I'd call this eating, and I'll take it.

 

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Awesome shots of the horse with the shrimp. Did he finish the whole thing? His mouth looks too small to eat it. Is there something wrong with the pipefish's mouth? Looks like the jaw is curled down?

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10 hours ago, SIC34 said:

Awesome shots of the horse with the shrimp. Did he finish the whole thing? His mouth looks too small to eat it. Is there something wrong with the pipefish's mouth? Looks like the jaw is curled down?

 

I think that what you think is the Pipe's mouth is actually the Horse's tail?

 

Aside from the fact that I can't verify they are eating, all 3 Pipes seem fine.

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So the dock behind the bait and tackle shop, where they store Green Crab pens, Shrimp pens, Killie pens, all kinds of traps, and all the associated stuff that comes with them, well, it's a freaking gold mine.  It's just that simple.

 

2 throws with the castnet, into 2 feet of water.  I can't even imagine what one tow with the seine net would yield.  Anyhow............

 

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Baby Peanuts are here, and are now big enough to get caught in the net.  Sadly, they're simply food for all the bigger fish in the 90, but hey, that's life.

 

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Baby Drum?  Baby Croaker?  You tell me.  It ain't a White Perch, Sand Perch, and there's no spot, so it ain't a Spot.

 

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So the 10 gallon tank, for all the babies, yeah, I'm out of room.  Usually this doesn't happen till July, when I'm getting new stuff with almost every throw, but I'm already somewhat gridlocked.

 

The Sea Horse has to be isolated from anyone who could take a shot at him, which is basically everyone but the Gobies and Pipes.

The Sea Bass and Flukes are my personal favorites, but need to be isolated from everyone else, for everyone's protection.

That school of baby minnow type fish, and my baby Stickles are gone.  There was just nowhere to keep them safe.

The Stripers, bigger Fluke, and Hake are essentially a tank of death in the 90.

 

I need to upgrade the 10 to a 30 to fit all the babies, and I already need to put at least one more tank into circulation.

 

I knew this would get out of hand, as it always does, but Jeez, it's not even June yet.

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Great stuff. 

I'll have to get my boys down there this summer again   We usually do a crabbing trip, lunch at Stewart's trip a couple times in the summer. 

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16 mins ago, ChumSlickJon said:

Juvenile drum usually have dark vertical bars.  Maybe croaker?

 

I'm almost certain that it is not a Drum.  I've had many of them in the past, and yes, they have vertical bars.

 

I'm strongly leaning towards Croaker.

 

Here's a pic of the baby Drum from several years ago:

 

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The baby Flukes are voracious.  They weren't even in the tank 10 minutes before they decided they were comfortable enough to start chowing down.  Kind of hard to see, but this Fluke has look 9 months pregnant from how much it stuffed in there.

 

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Over to the big tank, I don't know what the deal is with the Hake and the Pout (for now, that's what we're going with), but the Hake lays there like he's half dead all day (though I have seen him eat), and the Pout is either gone all day, or has just his nose/eyes sticking out.

 

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Set the Chokers free.  I just can't verify they're eating, it hasn't gone well in the past, and I've so many tiny Flounder now (Winter and Summer), that there's no reason to try to force it with them.

 

Except for that school of baby Minnows and the 2 ultra small Stickles that got eaten by the Sea Bass, we haven't lost a fish yet.  I'd like to keep it that way.

 

Much as I hate to the big Fluke (9") go, it's only a matter of time till it becomes a threat to others.  Raised him since he was an injured pup last year.  Will be sad to see him go.

 

And on a completely separate side note, can someone catch a Blenny already?  It's time.

 

 

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OK, not the greatest video ever, and I only showed up for the last minute, but here's the tail end of a molting crab.

 

 

 

 

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There's 2 Fluke, 2 Stripers, and 2 Crackers in that tank that could take him easy right now.  He's huddled in the corner behind his old shell laying low.

 

There's also a school of Killies that I'm sure could rip him up as well.

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