Please save me from the Mosquito fish...

annacaOctober 14, 2010

Do mosquito fish survive Northern California winter? How do I get rid of them? I live in San Ramon and made the mistake of adding Mosquito fish to my pond and now I seem to have a billion of them... The pet store nearby accepts them... but how do I catch them? Those little buggers are way too smart :(

Any tips will be appreciated :)

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If you are in zone 9, Winter won't kill them. How big is your pond? You might be able to use a minnow trap but the mesh may to big to catch the babies.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2010 at 8:39PM
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Nevermore44 - 6a

buy a bluegill... which will eat the mosquito fish... but then you might have to buy a larger fish... to eat the bluegill.... and on and on....

until your neighborhood is overrun by the radioactive gorillas that you bought to take care of the tigers :) (simpsons)

but in all seriousness... i have no idea

    Bookmark   October 15, 2010 at 8:38AM
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Maybe I should get a really big net, maybe like a pool net and try scooping them up...

    Bookmark   October 15, 2010 at 11:31AM
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I've seen and used a minnow trap made out of a couple 2-liter soda bottles that worked quite well - maybe throw one or two of those in the pond overnight and see how it works out for you. Could also go with 3-liter bottles instead since the mouth opening is larger.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2010 at 1:01PM
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I will do that... Though I wish I had never put them in...

    Bookmark   October 15, 2010 at 1:29PM
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Min3 South S.F. Bay CA

nevermore- HA!

Me too, annaca- I have tried everything to catch my hundreds of mosquito fish with minimal luck - mostly catch only the babies. Seems like the older they get the smarter they are (just like me! :) I have finally decided that when my last 4 goldies die, I will drain and clean the pond and start all over again, WITHOUT any Gambusia.
New ponders: beware of them! Min

    Bookmark   October 16, 2010 at 5:58PM
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    Bookmark   October 16, 2010 at 10:10PM
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I'll post later on how the minnow trap works out...

Thanks every one...

    Bookmark   October 16, 2010 at 10:37PM
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poppa(z5 MA)

Why is this a problem?

    Bookmark   October 17, 2010 at 8:17AM
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When I need to net my fish I drain out most of the water and go fishing with a net. This is a good way to do it if you need to do a full clean-out. I haven't done it with gambusia, but any fish is easier to net in less water.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2010 at 3:23PM
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Gosh, I love those teeny critters & they sure do multiply! They winter over fine with the goldies in my 250 gal. pond here in zone 7. It freezes over in winter but I always keep a hole open in the top ice. Like 'poppa'... why do you all want to get rid of the mosquito eating minnows? They are live-bearing & I bet my goldies eat a lot of the new born too as they are SO tiny!

    Bookmark   October 17, 2010 at 6:34PM
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I ordered these fish last year ,the people said you have to have a minimum order of like 30.00 I said no thanks,glad I didnt get them,,they look like guppysWhat I dont want in small pond I throw in farm pond.Blue gills,cats,striped bass,swans..

    Bookmark   October 17, 2010 at 11:03PM
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The reason I dont like them is that they have literally taken over my pond... I would love to put a few goldfish in, but considering the number of mosquito fish in there, I am not sure if my pond can handle the addition of goldfish... and the pond of my dreams is not the one filled with mosquito fish :( ....

    Bookmark   October 18, 2010 at 2:47AM
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keithw(Zone 8)

I have mosquito fish in my pond as well as Koi and goldfish and a year after adding them I panicked because the mosquito fish seemed to be taking over. I scooped hundreds out and got rid of them. Catching them with traps or scooping them will do nothing because you will never get all of them so they will just come back. But in my case they eventually have balanced out. I assume the goldfish and Koi eat the fry and keep the herd in check because I have ignored them for years now and they have not gotten excessive.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2010 at 7:45AM
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That is good to know, keithw... Maybe I shouldn't panic either...

    Bookmark   October 19, 2010 at 1:57PM
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The bluegill (or any other sunfish) idea really is a good one. It will take care of your problems and be a nice addition to your pond at the same time.

Dont count on winter killing them. If you look at their distribution on a map you will see they survive quite well in some very cold areas.

Yankee Dog

    Bookmark   October 27, 2010 at 8:17AM
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