Re: NANFA-- newbie question

Bruce Stallsmith (
Sat, 15 Jun 2002 16:52:39 -0400

Hi Dennis, welcome to the list and all... Your pond should be plenty big for
many fishes. Two in your area that would thrive in your pond are blackstripe
topminnows, _Fundulus notatus_, and orangespotted sunfish, _Lepomis
humilis_. Both species would happily inhale any and all mosquito larvae they

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL, US of A

>From: Dennis Kramb <>
>Subject: NANFA-- newbie question
>Date: Sat, 15 Jun 2002 14:42:21 -0400
>I've been lurking for a short while to see what kinds of things y'all
>talk about. I must say it's mostly over my head! Euryhaline or
>diadromous indeed. :) Anyway, I decided to jump in & introduce
>myself, and ask my questions.
>I live near Cincinnati, Ohio on an acre lot out in the country. Last
>year I built a pond which is 40 ft. x 12 ft. and varies in depth from
>about 15" to 30". In the garden I grow native plants (trees, shrubs,
>wildflowers, etc.). I also grow native lotus in my pond.
>I would love to add some native fish. Do you think the pond is deep
>enough? I am worried #1 about protection from predators (herons,
>raccoons, grizzly bears, etc.) and #2 about protection from winter
>If it is big enough, what fish would you recommend? I'm mostly
>interested in mosquito control, but it would be nice to have
>something showy too. I don't want koi! The pond is made with a
>flexible liner. There is no sand, nor rocks, nor anything on the
>bottom... just flexible black liner. Don't know if substrate will be
>an issue?
>Any feedback would be most appreciated!
>Dennis (who doesn't really have grizzly bears in his pond)
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