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Re: NFC: Sad but true

Well, whats to be done?

Nuke them to a glassy spot? Invite the DEC/DNR to
 Set up several 'counter' websites next to theirs with
true info on dambusia?


--- Wally Billingham
<wallybillingham at wallybillingham_com> wrote:
> Hello all,
> I was looking at an aquarium plant web site today.
> This site also carries limited live stock mainly for
> algae control. They are now also selling gambusia.
> The take it to the extreme and are encouraging
> people to stock them in every body of water near
> their home. Lakes, creeks, ponds everywhere. Here is
> the text from the site.
> Wally
> Mosquito fish are small guppy-like fish used to
> control mosquito populations by devouring mosquito
> larvae. According to U.S. Navy research, a pair of
> half-grown Gambusia can consume 5000 mosquito larvae
> in 11 weeks. An adult female can devour several
> hundred larvae per day. These voracious predators
> have upturned mouths specially designed for scooping
> up larvae prey, and represent one of the most
> environmentally friendly forms of mosquito control.
> Gambusia are highly prolific: each female will
> produce three to four broods of 40 to 100 young each
> year. Gambusia typically live two to three years, so
> produce a multitude of offspring during their
> lifespan. Unlike most other fish, gambusia bear live
> young; these offspring begin consuming larvae
> shortly after birth.
> Gambusia are ideally suited to stock ponds,
> ornamental ponds, golf courses, canals, creeks and
> lakes. They prefer to inhabit the shallow vegetated
> areas near the shore which are also the preferred
> habitat of mosquito larvae. They require virtually
> no maintenance, as they are self-feeding and
> self-sustaining. Their adaptability and
> effectiveness in mosquito control have made mosquito
> fish one of the most distributed freshwater fish in
> the world.
> We are urging customers to get any bodies of water
> which will support mosquito production stocked as
> soon as possible. To over-winter the Mosquito Fish,
> maximum depth should be at least 2-4 ft. depending
> on the climate. If these areas are stocked by this
> fall, there will be sufficient production to get
> fish numbers up before next spring's mosquito
> season. As soon as possible next spring, fish should
> then be spread to all shallow bodies which will not
> support over-wintering. Southern races of mosquito
> fish will NOT over-winter in northern climes and
> will NOT actively feed in cold weather even though
> mosquitoes continue to hatch.
> Remember-even if there are already other fish in the
> water, other species will not go into the reeds and
> shallow water to get the mosquitos the way Mosquito
> Fish will.
> If you live in one of the states adjacent to the
> West Nile Virus outbreak areas, now is the time to
> get Mosquito Fish into every body of water near your
> home. Golf courses-- all ponds and water hazards
> should be stocked as soon as possible so that these
> cold tolerant fish are present to control mosquitoes
> late into the fall and early in the spring. Again,
> southern races of mosquito fish will not over winter
> in northern climates and wil not feed actively as
> early as mosquitoes start hatching.
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