Fri, 8 Sep 2000 19:15:05 EDT

The three Brook Silversides that made it though the first night after the
Aug. 26 Michigan collecting trip are still alive. They were a little hollow
bellied when caught. I began feeding the live baby brine shrimp, micro worms,
frozen adult brine shrimp, frozen blood worms and powdered flake food in
small quantities. I never saw them eat for the first week and they got
extremely thin. I also added some Rosyface shiner fry to show them what to
eat. I went away for four days over Labor Day weekend when I got home they
looked near death. They started eating frozen blood worms and within three
days filled back out. Maybe they just had to get hungry enough. They look
real good now I intend to go back and collect some more at the end of Sept.
The weather and my basement tanks should be cooler then. When I collected
them my tanks were about 78 but there now about 70. A lot of the book say
they eat micro foods, but I checked out one of the preserved fish under my
microscope they have large mouths and big teeth. I anyone has kept Brook
Silversides please let me know your experiences. I'm hoping to keep them thru
the winter and breed them.

Bob Muller

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