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    You could always test it on a smaller tray with one or two plants and fish. See what happens without putting all your plants in harms way. These fish are very small 1" length tops. I bought like 12 for my pond like two years ago and they are still there. I don't feed them or anything. The racoons kept eating all the other larger fish I would put in there. These fish are too small for them to care.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rattler View Post
    if i based what i do on chances of failure i wouldnt learn alot of the stuff i have......surprising how often something with a high likelihood of failure works out just fine......
    If he fails, something has needlessly died.
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry View Post
    If he fails, something has needlessly died.
    it didnt die needlessy, he learned something in the process

    or

    it becomes compost for another plant/slug/bacterium to thrive off of.

    happy now?


    edit: or it goes to heaven. there... i think ive covered all the bases

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    during the winter time....i've never heard of fish swimming in ice...
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    I have found gambusia living in very small amounts of water in road ditches and other small bodies of water and they do just fine. You might also want to look at least killifish, it is a live bearer like the gambusia that stay much smaller and should be ok. My only consern would be if you add any extra fertilizers, if you do I would try using aquarium plant fertilizers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by larry View Post
    If he fails, something has needlessly died.
    i guarantee you i kill 100 times the amount of lil fish he may kill in a summer trying to catch bigger fish......we are growing plants that kill and eat critters......if a couple fish die for an experiment big deal......
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    While I don't quite agree with rattler's philosophical perspective, I think there's definitely some practical wisdom to it. These are not rare or fragile creatures - they multiply by the dozens and their populations can go from 7000 to 120,000 in a matter of months. Animals that breed this fast do so because they're meant to live in environments where most of their young might be picked off by predators or die as a result of harsh conditions. We're not talking about bison or redwoods here.
    I think it would be prudent to attempt to maximize the chance of success before bringing the fish in - I don't think there's much merit in naive or unprepared experimentation - but the loss of a few small fish that are vigorously invasive pests in other parts of the world is not so worrisome. It's not making a dent in their endemic populations so ultimately it's neither hurting the environment as a whole nor is it really subjecting the individuals to any sort of unusual cruelty. My biggest hesitation comes from the possibility that they may escape into the wild and disrupt other critters that occupy a similar niche, as they've already been known to do.
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    @eou-The other thing that you might do is to look at that areas where you might find some native CP and see if there are any fish found in the bogs there. I think that both the Least Killifish and the Gambusia sp. are found in your neck of the woods.

    I would think that if you can keep at least three inches of standing water and that the water does not get to hot you should be able to keep some fish in your bog gardens. If you do decied to try keep everyone posted.

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