R. W. Wolff wrote:
>If anyone wants to try to play with these species with little effort, here
>is an outline of my killi pond. I have had it set up for about five years
>now. It is a seasonal pond, and throughout the months of late March through
>early November it produces good numbers of North American killifish. A
>similar set up could be stocked with blairae and dispar and the results
>could be watched. Unfortunatly dispar is listed endangered in Wisconsin and
>I cannot take this upon myself to try.
>The pond is roughly 9 by 15 feet made from EPDM liner and edged with brick.
>Its deepest point is a hole nearly three feet. The shoreline is shallow,
>with a step down a third of the way from one end to about two feet, and the
>last third has the nearly three foot hole in it. The shallows are either
>rock work, wood roots, or carpets of shallow nearly emmegent weeds.
>Driftwood is used as an anchor point for bushy aquatic plants like milfoil
>and bladderwort, and some water lillies also provide surface cover. The wide
>shallow end is a forest of catttails, horsetail and other emegent growth.
>The pond in the top picture is the one I am discussing, the other two shots
>are ancient pics of the beginnings of gar river, and the bottom shows an
>example of a tub in the elassoma farm set up in the vegatable garden. The
>web site has not been updated for sometime, and due to problems I can not
>longer access it to work on it further. Hopefully I will have my new site
>up and running this winter with updated photos of the ponds, and maybe some
>other cool marsh stuff and fishroom stuff.
>I have no filters but do have an airline that sometimes roils the surface,
>and other times does little.
> I stock the pond with chrysotus, cingulatus/rubrifrons ( not sure which),
>pulverus ( this year, other years confluentus), sciadicus, j. floridae, l
>ommata and l goodei. I also have some darters , pygmy sunfish ,dwarf type
>sunfish, small crustaceans ( gammurus, grass shrimp and the like) and dwarf
>crawfish. All the killis produce many young, and sometimes the other fish do
>as well. Some years I feed the fish flake food and pellets, some years I am
>too busy and they find plenty to eat on their own. Chrysotus is always a
>big producer, and the other fundulus are strong some years, and other years
>produce only a few young. The ommatas, goodie, and floridae always produce
>tons of young.
> I move the fish back into the fishroom in November and grow them out
>through winter. I stock fish in March ( well usually, this year was screwy)
>and do it all over again. Its like the bulb gardens that you dig up in fall
>and store in a cool dry place, but the fish are neat to watch all winter
>unlike the bulbs.
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