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#483770 - 12/05/17 02:42 PM Re: Scuds. [Re: azteca]
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Registered: 11/26/09
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They are most abundant here when falling leaves dominate food chain. During warm season they become down right hard to find. Exceptions are populations occurring in springs (not appropriate for pond stocking) and the sometimes hard to find Hyalella spp. I seldom fine abundant Hyalella sp. except in some catfish ponds. Sight oriented fish seem to keep numbers too low for effective harvesting.

#483777 - 12/05/17 04:00 PM Re: Scuds. [Re: canyoncreek]
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Registered: 08/16/14
Posts: 752
Loc: in the mountains
Originally Posted By: canyoncreek
Have you had just as much success seeing/netting them in the middle of the summer when you were there? I'm not sure why folks who harvest them focus on through the ice or at ice out.

Canyon - Summer is the only time we have ever messed with them. That video was during the Summer. I have never paid attention to them any other time.

I would imagine that if I ever get the Trout to survive the Winter and reproduce my scud numbers would eventually decline.
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#483811 - 12/06/17 03:38 PM Re: Scuds. [Re: azteca]
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Registered: 07/08/16
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I see a lot of Azteca in the vernal pool with the asellus.

I wonder if the Gammarus can live in the vernal pool.


#486089 - 02/12/18 12:55 PM Re: Scuds. [Re: azteca]
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Registered: 06/13/12
Posts: 1826
Loc: Ontario, Canada, Eh.
I wonder if all scuds are basically the same? I have a culture that we use for tropical fish that we are going to try to ramp up our size of culture to add to our pond.

I guess I can put them into a glass of water then put them into the fridge and see if they live or die.

We have found that they really love high protein fish food that sinks. They love leafs. 2"s of forest leafs in a tote they will fill the tote in 6 weeks.

Cheers Don.


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#486094 - 02/12/18 08:53 PM Re: Scuds. [Re: azteca]
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Scuds - It depends on what you mean by basically the same. They all have a commonality of body features that put them in the taxonomic family of Gammaridae in the Class of Amphipoda. There are around 150 species in American freshwaters and worldwide about 900 species! They occur in a wide variety of primarily unpolluted waters: ponds lakes, streams, brooks, springs and subterranean waters. The numerous species undoubtedly have a wide tolerance to water temperature with most common ones preferring cool, well oxygenated water. Many call them freshwater shrimp although they are distantly related to shrimp, thus not truly shrimp. They are rather slow moving, easy prey and thus they need quite a bit of dense habitat such as weeds for long term survival when fish are present as intense predators.

Edited by Bill Cody (02/12/18 08:57 PM)
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