Re: NANFA-- Fertilization of Eggs

Bruce Stallsmith (
Mon, 04 Jun 2001 09:52:39 -0400

>i think i will try a large soda bottle with a hole in the cap. and invert
>the bottle. and stick an air line into the hole and seal the airline to
>cap with some aquarium caulking. then i need a valve to partially shut
>the air so as to regulate the air flow into the bottle. maybe i will try
>this tomorrow.
It shouldn't be a big problem to artificially fertilize bluegill eggs. The
fertilized eggs are heavier than water and adhesive, so you want to provide
for an even settling out of the eggs. If you check out a male's nest you can
pick up small rocks from the nest and find the rocks covered with eggs. They
take 2-3 days to hatch, and the larvae take 2-3 days to grow from "wigglers"
to true gill-breathing fish that become free-swimming. At this stage, ~7 mm
long, they should be able to take fairly large food like brine shrimp (or
whatever...). And then you have many, many bluegills.

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL

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