Re: NANFA-L-- Final 2005 Water garden Sunfish tally

Dustin Smith (
Tue, 01 Nov 2005 15:52:41 -0500

I think you are to be commended for your efforts and success with breeding
the sunfish and keeping a water garden with natives is a great idea and an
easy way to spend time with the fish from your youth. I wish more people
would consider keeping natives in their garden ponds as opposed to koi,
goldfish and other exotics. The fish are more diverse, many times more
colorful and a joy to go and catch on your own.

I believe the only cause for concern is the fact that you planned on and
possibly carried out a reintroduction of the fish into their original
streams. I won't go into the reasons again, since they have been so
eloquently presented by David and Joshua, but it is an altogether bad idea.
Some alternatives may be to spread the fish around to other aquarists that
might be interested in keeping these fish or to save some for spawning stock
come spring. You may be able to contact local pet shops, if the laws allow,
and offer the fish to them for some cash or possibly in trade for supplies.
On-line sellers, such as Jonah's Aquarium, may also be able to take them off
of your hands to be offered for the aquarium trade.

I guess what I am trying to say is that I hope you don't get discouraged in
your attempts with natives, since you are obviously rather adept-in-it.
Just consider diiferent alternatives when deciding how to disperse the

Dustin Smith
Lexington, SC
At the convergence of the Broad, Saluda and Congaree
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