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From: "John B" <bongi_at_cox-internet.com>
To: "Nanfa" <nanfa_at_aquaria.net>
Sent: Saturday, March 13, 2004 8:57 PM
Subject: NANFA-- Record Blue and Miscellany
> Here are a few pics of the record Blue Bullhead Catfish known locally as
> "Splash". Sorry about the fuzziness but my camera does poorly in dimly
> lit situations with movement. Got three memberships. Exciting details
> on the 3rd Annual Texas Native Fish Weekend coming soon. Firm Date:
> June 26 Location: San Marcos River.
> I spoke with the caretaker today, Dave Campbell of the Texas Freshwater
> Fisheries Center, about Splash and a number of other issues and items.
> Here are some offered up to the group to discuss:
> * Splash gets fed twice a day with Koi. Koi because they get the
> best growth rate and utilization of feed.
> * They experimented with a cross of Koi X Carp (grass?). Got
> extremely good growth rates but the risk of accidental release was
> too great without enough information on the viability of the F1s.
> * Splash will be returned to the wild, maybe in the fall even though
> the TFFC has enjoyed record attendance due to Splash's presence.
> A very difficult decision to make. This is the wish of the
> angler that caught him.
> * A few years ago D. Campbell captured and bred "golden" Green
> Sunfish. Bass ate these preferentially to everything else in the
> tank (Koi, Golfish, Golden Shiners). I suggested maybe they
> prefered due to the novelty. (?) Anyone aware of this variant?
> * I was able to catch a photo of the Paddlefish filterfeeding. The
> water was pretty green and I shooting through 4" of Acrillic.
> * Overheard, "I would've shot that catfish"!
> * Setting up a NANFA Tank with Pygmy Bandeds, Chrysotus, Madtoms at
> the TFFC.
> * Sat in on a lecture on the value of welands and the programs
> within the state and federal agencies to promote and maintain
> wetlands. I have sat in on several of these talks now. Never are
> fish mentioned. Plants, soil and water are the focus, and of
> course Birds, Birds, Birds. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the
> bird diversity and I am getting to know them fairly well. Wetland
> plants I enjoy studying especially since I have a number in my
> tanks! Fish fauna is never discussed however. It seems that if
> you have the wetland the fish will come. If you build a wetland,
> well, "we'll just throw some shiners and gambusia in there and
> that is that". There must be some inherent value to the wetland
> to populate it with as diverse a population of fish fauna as
> possible but it is never discussed.
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