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Re: More questions on the Exotic Removal Program

I'll send you some zebras next time I can.  I'm not sure how well they're
fair shipping, but...  The trouble is, that they can be released by waste
water, like the ballasts that brought them here.  

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On Tue, 30 Jun 1998 Moontanman at aol_com wrote:

> I'm confused, if the rainbow cichlid eats algae and no other fish does, it's
> prolific nature would mean more small fish for predators to eat and the fish
> themselves wouldn't be in Competition with any natives..  I can't believe a
> large mouth bass wouldn't eat a small cichlid, or a pike.  I once had a
> flathead catfish eat 12 small piranha after they harassed him all day, the
> night belonged to him!  I know we are supposed to believe in zero tolerance,
> but wouldn't it make sense to zero in on species that compete for the same
> niches that native fish fill?  I would love to have some zebra mussels in my
> fish tank, would be wild addition, and yes I would never let them loose in the
> wild.  We have some neat clams and mussels here that would be shameful to let
> a competitor loose that would starve them. 

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