Re: NANFA-- silverside survivers

Mark (
Fri, 13 Oct 2000 10:24:41 -0400

I haven't had any better luck, but here are my comments - I think you have
something with the lower temperature environment. When I have successfully
kept the species, it has been in fall or winter when the water temperatures
are low. When I collect fish from cold water, I expect high losses at home
unless I do the following -

I prepare an empty tank sufficient to hold the new fish. I measure the
temp of the water in the transport container with the new fish. I fill the
tank with water and dechlor and add ice until the temp matches that in the
transport container. I use a powerhead or airstone to aerate the new tank.
I add the new fish and allow the temperature to gradually increase to room
temp over night.

I think the silversides experience less capture stress when they are caught
in cold water. I have never been able to keep the inland silversides that
I have caught in Florida or the species that I caught in a salt pond in

Mark Binkley
Columbus Ohio USA <))><

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