Hey, I've got couple of perch to work on and have only worked on mammals and one 8" perch back when I was a kid. I have done quite a bit of research, but lack of experience always leaves questions. I'll be carving the bodies before skinning, and I'm confident enough with that process. As far as skin preservation, I have read that some use about a cup of borax per gallon of water, along with a shot of Dawn, soaking for a half hour or longer. Then rinsing thoroughly before mounting. Since I have the materials on hand and it sounds simple enough, this was my plan. Next, I have seen acrylic caulk thinned slightly with water used as a paste. I am not sure why that was chosen rather than regular hide paste. Is it because it fills voids with less shrinkage? I have Roman 555 . Any preferences? Then there are eyes. I am going to be placing a Mckenzie order this week, so deciding on eyes/size. I like the look of the Tyler Erickson perch eye. I imagine I would measure the size of the entire eye (not just iris) before ordering. Some models seem to be just yellow /orange. That just doesn't seem right. Any other suggestions on eye choice or sizing, are welcomed. Just trying to avoid ordering the wrong size and having more shipping delays. Also planning on ordering Silk span material as fin backing (seal fins first, then apply with Mod podge) Any input is appreciated.