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#332959 05/01/13 09:08 PM
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Can you guys help me out with an ID and a little info on this fish.

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Gambusia?


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I have no clue I went and visited a local fish farm kind of a smaller family operation and he said they popped up in one of his ponds maybe from some stock of other fish HE'D bought.. I told him I could prolly find out what they were..


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Yes - Gambusia aka mosquito fish -female.


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Any info? (Just scanned a couple threads stating good and bad seems like opinion driven info smile )


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In Va. they show up in every pond I have owned. I keep them in a small pool to eat the skeeter larvae. They are a cool little fish that will eat catfish food. I love the little buggers.


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I think they are as you mention a love/hate fish. Many on here like them as forage as other state they may eat some eggs. I put some in my pond before I read about them on here and was worried a bit. They must have been food for my fish as I have not seen any since.

They are a neat fish to have in a tank and watch feed. Plus they live bearers.

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BGK,

Gambusia are great little secondary forage fish. No danger of them overpopulating or damaging other species. Predators will control their numbers, but never wipe them out like fathead.

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Looks just like a female western mosquitofish (Gambusia Affinis) to me. I probably have about 30k per surface acre of Gams. Here is a pic of a female Gam from WIKI for you to compare.

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Fry and egg eaters...DISLIKE


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bobad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Why so scarce these days???


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Fry and egg eaters...DISLIKE

BGK This can also serve a good purpose if your goal is to say raise some very large BG in a certain manner. The BG here readily feed on them as a forage base. (While I do not have the scientific proof) It appears Gams some what help control population by eating Fry and Eggs (as BobbyRice stated) before becoming dinner themselves. The Gams can serve a purpose when used in the right manner and with the right goal. The reason I grew some very large F1 HBG many years ago was partially because (my outside the box thinking) I stocked a large amount of F1's and tried to remove the HBG offspring. I am thinking it is a possibility the Gams may also help control some of the BCP population.

Like wise I would not recommend Gams for the same purpose for people that are wanting to grow X=large LMB and need all the BG forage they can get for the LMB. For that I would say use the larger free roaming FHM.

Like was stated before there are people that like and dislike Gams for their own reasons.

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I dislike gambusia, there are other species out there that are better in my opinion. However, they tend to show up in a lot of bodies of water on their own. So, if you don't want them you may have no choice. They aren't the worse fish out there to have.

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Why do you dislike them CJB


I believe in catch and release. I catch then release to the grease..

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They are extremely aggressive. They attack and outcompete other fish even ones far bigger than them. Because of their habit of living in very shallow waters, I think they make poor forage as few fish really prey on them.

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In colder weather, where ponds ice over for the winter, I think their numbers are limited by the cold weather. During the winter, they have to leave their shallow water haunts and become food.


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I am sure that is what happened to mine.

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MRhello, they will be back. My ponds will drop over 4 ft. and they are sand pits with no structure and the water drops off fast. However, they are there when the water gets warm. I don't usually see them for a couple of more weeks.


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If all mine died or were eaten I do not think I will have any more as there is no way for them to get in the ponds unless I stock them.


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