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Re: Feeding natives??

The Gambusia (translation: worthless) is easy to keep and as you discovered
will eat flake food (and just about anything else).  They are very prolific
and will survive in just about any conditions, but they can be nasty to
tankmates as they tend to nip fins.  
The Silversides, if like the ones I've collected in MO, do well as
community fish if the tankmates are not overly aggressive.  They too will
take flake food or live food (they feed by sight).

Dave Hall
> From: Kudzu <Kudzu at airnet_net>
> To: nfc at actwin_com
> Subject: Feeding natives??
> Date: Tuesday, June 23, 1998 3:08 PM
> Well with dip net in hand I have managed to catch a couple of fishes that
> didn't know were in our lake. I have lived on the Tennessee River all my
> life and I am always finding out something new.  Now that I have
> them I need to know it they are worth keeping and if so what to feed
> First one I assume is pretty common,
>  Mosquitofish -- Gambudia afinis
>     These appear to be eating ground up flake food all ready.
> Brook Silverside -- Labiesthes siccuulus
>     While not very colorful he sure is a neat looking fish. If they are
> suitable as a community fish I would like to keep some of these.
> Tell me anything you can about these fish! Peterson's makes it easy to
> identify but tells nothing about there diet and breeding habits. All
> are young fish too.
> Jeff <*\\><
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