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Re: Keeping silversides

Someone may have already covered this but:  I was looking through my brand
new copy of "Fishes of Missouri" and it covers Brook Silversides in some
detail (about 1/2 page)  but the info. could be of use to anyone trying to
keep them.  Check it out if you have a chance.


On Thu, 2 Jul 1998, Kudzu wrote:

> >Jeff: Glad to hear that you have been successful in getting silversides
> >into your tanks and keeping them alive.  Would you be open to shipping
> >some of these addictive Silversides (and any other interesting local
> >fish) to VT for brood stock for the NFC Breeder's Program?
> Sure would but first lets back up! I have not been able to keep them alive
> for more than about a week. I have one midsized Silverside that appears he
> is going to make it. I have managed to get them to eat flake food after a
> couple of days. The problem is they keep coming down with a White fungus and
> then they die  a couple of days latter. If I can keep some alive for a month
> or so then I might feel like I have accomplished something and could
> consider shipping some then.
> I think I need to set up a tank just for these guys, and/or remove their
> room mates. I am going to add some salt to tank and get some fungus meds and
> add as I add the fish. See what happens after that.
> As delicate as they are I really wonder if they would make it shipping?
> >Suspect that Silversides
> >spawn similarly to rainbow smelt and have some ideas on how to do that,
> >but I need some Silversides to experiment with.
> Well I had that in the back of mind but I have to keep some alive first.
> Collecting them is easy! Right now the lake is full of young ones, all I
> have to do is shine a light on the water and be fast with the dipnet.
> As for Darters I am still learning what we have here too.
> >BTW, are these brook Silversides or inland Silversides?
> These are Brook Silversides. I think they are a really neat looking fish!
> The bigger fish here seem to think that they are quite tasty! I see them
> scatter as a flash of silver charges through the school.
> Jeff <*\\><
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