Re: NANFA-L-- Moribund fish & Life Outside

Todd D. Crail (tcrail at UTNet.UToledo.Edu)
Thu, 20 Oct 2005 11:50:57 -0400

How about a building's heating system not acting right? Oh, and how's about
when the water coming out of the tap has a pH of 9.1, phosphorus 3 times
that of a eutrophic river across the parking lot, and nitrate 5 time that
the same stream. Filtering doesn't do much either because it burns up the
carbon so fast. I literally need to change the filters every 150 gallons to
assure I'm safely filtering metals and chlorine. This is all before I add
the pure Sodium Thiosulfate to catch anything the filter missed.

Good thing I ignored my Hurlbert crazed stats professor's assertions that
Masters projects should _only_ be done inside... Because you don't have any
control over things "outside". Ha. Tank went to 86 F over the weekend.
They have/are/will be dying. If my spotted sucker goes down I am going to
be p!$$ed.

Tank moves on Saturday over to the lady friends house cause I'm sick of
this. I told her "You know... This is a BIG step." lol But she took a
spill in the stream like a champ, can tell you the difference between a
bluebreast and spotted darter, ate lunch without washing hands after holding
a recently dead mussel, and even humored me to catch some southern redbelly
in the dark with head lamps so we'd have more time the following day. I
think she's a keeper.

So... You can see the rest of the pictures I'd be writing about now if I
wasn't scurrying to get everything else I need to do done to prepare for the
move. This is a different directory than my accident pictures the other

Some quick notes... We sampled the site at Alum Cliff Falls Road again, this
time hammering through habitats like banshees with a penchant for
partitioning of resources. We did 27 species of fish in 50 minutes and at
most, 75 meters of stream! Then I totally banged my shin, so we didn't get
a chance to try and add a logperch, bluegill, green sunnie, fantail or
johnny. You know... All the common stuff lol.

There is a gorge downstream of Copperas we need to organize a canoe trip
through. It looks like this exposure in the photos, but on both sides and
is sheer for almost a half mile. That has got to be unbelievable.

Hey and any musselheads... Is that a monkeyface? Or a _really_ pustulose
mapleleaf? I was looking in Watters Ohio booklet and it said that
monkeyface only occur in the Muskingum. I need to get a permit for the Ohio
drainages. I really wish I had those valves the more I look at the photo.
And not just to satisfy my little Gollum. This was clear up just south of
Columbus, so if there weren't other records, it would be semi-important.

The Muddy Maumee Madness, Toledo, OH
It's never too late to have a happy childhood.
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