I've decided to start my own journal about having an Elassoma tank. Or keeping and breeding Elassoma. However at this point I'm just working on a tank lol So 1 step at a time. Hey moderators. Perhaps we could get a natives tab in the fish profiles? I didn't see it if it's already there. So I've read that these fish do not require filtration or heat. Just a lot of plants. One person said if you can see more than 25% free space in the tank you don't have enough plants. I'm not sure everyone concurs with that but without filtration I would guess that is true. I consider Gerald pottern to be an authority on the fish and it is from him that I have gleaned most of what I know about them. I found him on an apisto forum but he led me to nanfa which really has a lot of resources for native fishkeeping. I'll double check my spelling in a bit. He does say to run a stream of bubbles for them tho to keep oxygen in the tank particularly at night while the plants lay off on the job. Here is my tank so far. It has a guest betta and a filter while I am squaring away his tank. The last pic was taken at night for one thing and also before I moved a couple bulbs to the front. Essentially the same. What I need to work on. Leveling the tank. Or finding another location. Preferably where I can easily hide an air pump because I really hate them. Getting a sponge filter or air stream for the tank instead of the filter I had planned. The intake is too large for baby pygmy sunfish. Getting some live cultures growing for food. They are fussier to feed than killies and require live and some get lucky with frozen food. I've considered black worms because they will stay alive in the tank until they are eaten which does a lot for water quality. However I'm advised they may be too big for them to eat. I'd like to culture white worms as they are fan favorites. Still waiting for word on microworms. I haven't looked into grindal worms yet tho I think @minervalong is having good luck with them. I need to get a bb hatchery going as well. I need to order a light for the tank. The lights on board are stolen from Peter. Don't worry Peter stole a light from Paul who's tank cracked yesterday. I need to order the fish I have a current source who has the fish of my dreams Ellassoma Gilberti however he says that his Okefenokee are more colorful at this time. That is something that varies from location to location and time to time. I already and faithfully believe I have a source of Okefenokee @minervalong so I'm not sure what I'll do there. It definitely is the color of these wicked cool fish that attract my attention. But more than that it is the way they dance. ❤❤❤ skip to the 5:00 minute mark to see how masterfully he can move his fins however he will show off throughout the video if you have the patience to watch. This video features a descendant of Gerald's. The man who turned me on to pygmy sunfish in the first place. Elassoma gilberti male (due credit moderators) I'll update more later. @NightShade care to follow my journey?