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RE: serious letter
I don't think Michael is trying to "save the native fishes". Besides,
stocking a pond isn't going to "save the native fishes" anyway. He's an
experienced aquarist who struck it rich and wants to have some fun.
From his description, I'm thinking the pond is young, else there would
be fish in it. This probably hasn't become an important
invertebrate-only ecosystem. I'll bet the mosquitos are happy there
aren't any fish.
When rains come will the pond overflow its banks?
Is there flow through the pond? Any current?
What about water quality? Is this a runoff pond which collects motor
oil, anti-freeze, etc?
How deep is it? What type of substrate does it have?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Taxman [mailto:z931818 at niu_edu]
> Sent: Monday, September 07, 1998 9:51 PM
> To: nfc at actwin_com
> Subject: Re: serious letter
> I understand that this is list is filled with those dedicated to
> conservation of native fish species, but I just want to introduce a
> It sounds like you've examined this pond for vertebrate life rather
> but what about invertebrates? There are many species of aquatic
> larvae can only survive in bodies of water that do NOT contain
> would be several of the phantom midges of family Chaoboridae.
> I would recommend a more thorough (if it has not already been done)
> of the biodiversity of these apparently "fishless regions," so that in
> (good-intended) haste to save the native fishes, native insects and
> eradicated instead.
> Moontanman at aol_com wrote:
> > OK guys and gals I have an opportunity, due to much construction in
> > 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
> > contact the developers and ask if I can stock this little jewel with
> > my choosing. Nothing lives there but insects and tadpoles. A great
> > opportunity to start an ecosystem from the ground up (so to speak) I
> > leaning towards H. Formosa, madtoms, bluespotted sunnies, and maybe
> > pickerels. I know some dace are native here and some shiners. Want
> > a discussion/suggestions for stocking this pristine body of water?