Re: NANFA-- winter collecting

Jeremy Tiemann (
Mon, 20 Jan 2003 13:54:45 -0600

I have done this a few times (~6) and have had moderate success (~75%
survival to the two week mark). The hard parts include finding the
fish (which typically are in deeper waters. This can present
problems in and of itself), keeping the water in the bucket aerated
(if you do not have the proper set up), and keeping the blasted pets
from messing with the buckets (e.g. drinking the water).

>Getting cabin fever, as soon as ice is out I plan on seining to fill the
> least a little at a time. I am aware of the techniques using
>five gallon buckets, letting the fish acclimate over night and even doing
>partiall water changes until temps are within a few degrees...but other than
>that is there any reason not to collect during cold weather? Will it be
>impossible to keep the fish alive if they undergo a 25 degree change in temp
>over a two or three day period? Has anyone attempted this before?

Jeremy Tiemann
Illinois Natural History Survey
Center for Biodiversity
607 E. Peabody Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 244-4594
Fax: (217) 333-4949
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