Re: NANFA-- brook stickleback?
Fri, 22 Sep 2000 00:40:06 EDT

In a message dated 9/21/00 5:38:04 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

<< I have noticed this when I used to keep brook sticklebacks, they always
seemed to waste away. >>

That's weird; I've had mysterious stickleback deaths but the bellies were
always full, almost looking strained to the point of nearly bursting. I fed
them a lot of live blackworms so I assumed that was the cause; 'cuz it's such
a rich food. I now try to feed my stickleback live brine shrimp as well, to
clean out his intestinal tract. Daphnia would work as good or better as a
substute for brine shrimp in this regard I think. Perhaps all they need are a
lot of fatty foods like live black worms or white worms, supplementing with
live daphnia or brine shrimp to prevent them from dying from bloating out
from too many worms by cleaning out the intestines (if that's the reason mine
died and that is what will prevent that). I could be wrong; it's just a
theory I'm in the process of trying out. Wasting away seems typically like an
inadequate diet. That, or internal parasites.

<< Most small sunfish eat baby
snails as well as killifish and mudminnows do. Furthering the Idea that
this may be important staple for sticklebacks. it cant hurt, snails are
important in my aquariums and ponds as scavengers and algae control. I
cringe when I here about getting rid of snails in aquariums. >>

Baby snails would be another good fulfilling food in this regard.Good example
with the killies and sunfishes. Yeah, I think that's dumb when people get rid
of snails ; they should only do it if it creates health problems. A lot of
people don't like them because they consider them to be aesthetically

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