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Re: serious letter

I understand that this is list is filled with those dedicated to promoting
conservation of native fish species, but I just want to introduce a point here.
It sounds like you've examined this pond for vertebrate life rather thoroughly,
but what about invertebrates?  There are many species of aquatic insects whose
larvae can only survive in bodies of water that do NOT contain fishes...an example
would be several of the phantom midges of family Chaoboridae.  I would recommend a
more thorough (if it has not already been done) examination of the biodiversity of
these apparently "fishless regions," so that in one's (good-intended) haste to
save the native fishes, native insects and crustaceans aren't eradicated instead.

Moontanman at aol_com wrote:

> OK guys and gals I have an opportunity, due to much construction in my area
> and the requirement of runoff ponds for parking lot rain water I have found a
> pond (1/3 acre or so) that has been forgotten and has no fish!  I plan to
> contact the developers and ask if I can stock this little jewel with fish of
> my choosing.  Nothing lives there but insects and tadpoles.  A great
> opportunity to start an ecosystem from the ground up (so to speak) I am
> leaning towards H. Formosa, madtoms, bluespotted sunnies, and maybe grass
> pickerels.  I know some dace are native here and some shiners.  Want to start
> a discussion/suggestions for stocking this pristine body of water?
>                                                                        Michael