NANFA-L-- Rediscovery of the state-listed Iowa darter in DuPage Co., Illinois

Sajjad Lateef (
Mon, 21 Mar 2005 06:35:58 -0800 (PST)

I really enjoyed reading about the re-discovery of the Iowa
Darter in DuPage County by Chris Gutmann in the latest AC.
I also liked Bob Bock's article - I should get some gardening
limestone and add it to my molly tank too. The softwater
that we have isn't great for them (even with the addition of
marine salt).

First, I have sampled Salt Creek mentioned in the article.
He is right about the cleanliness (or lack thereof) of that creek.
The creek runs through most of the NW suburbs of Chicago and
collects every horrible soluble chemical there is. But, hey, it
isn't as bad as Bubbly Creek, whose original sediment contents are
best forgotten, but now has smallmouth bass in it.

The couple of Fudulus notatus I caught died soon after being
brought home, from internal parasites I guess. These were
caught in section of the creek in Elk Grove Village.
I have caught sunfish, bullhead and tiny bass from deep pools
in the creek (in Palatine, off Lake Louise).

If Chris Gutmann is on this list and is interested in conducting
more sampling of Salt Creek, I and other local NANFA members would
be glad to pitch in and show you how we do the "water dance".
(Oh yeah, we'll take our penicillin shots before we jump in)


Sajjad Lateef  e-mail: sajjadlateef AT yahoo DOT com
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