Mosquito Fish for the Wild Garden

first_imgSome people worry that a backyard pond will be a source of mosquitoes. Pond ownersoften stock mosquito fish to reduce the likelihood that mosquitoes will use the pond toreproduce.Mosquito fish are tiny, about an inch long or less. They don’t lay eggs. They givebirth to free-swimming young after a gestation of a bit less than a month. The young growfast and begin reproducing in a few months. It doesn’t take long for them to saturatetheir habitat.Mosquito fish, Gambusia affinis, are a good choice for small ponds without fancywater-quality gear like aerators and filters. They can live in shallow, scummy, poorquality water.As a test of their effectiveness, I stocked one of two identical ponds with mosquitofish last summer. The other I left fishless.On Nov. 19, I hauled out about 5 gallons of water and bottom detritus from each pond. Istrained the water through a piece of cloth and put the contents of each into white bowlsso I could see the insects and other pond life.Sure enough, the fishless pond had a population of mosquito larvae. I failed to findthem in the pond with mosquito fish.Besides the mosquito larvae, the fishless pond had midge larvae and Eristalislarvae. Eristalis is a fly larva that has a long tail like a breathing tube, whichit extends to the surface as a snorkel.The fishless pond also had frog tadpoles. Those were interesting. I wonder if themosquito fish had prevented frogs from successfully reproducing in the pond by eatingnewly hatched tadpoles. Next summer I’ll have to check that out.The bottom line is that mosquito fish can keep a pond free of mosquitos.Can other fish do as well? Yes, many kinds of fish eat mosquito larvae, especiallysunfish of various kinds. These fish will need a higher standard of water quality,however. Many predacious fish will eat mosquito fish along with mosquitos.Will ponds without mosquito fish make life unbearable for you by giving rise to hugeswarms of vicious mosquitoes?Mosquitoes are often in backyards without water nearby. Until this year I never hadmosquito fish and was never particularly bothered by mosquitoes. Having a mosquitofishless-pond may not make a noticeable difference.last_img read more

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Onazi acquires multi-million naira mansion

first_img In an attempt to secure regular playing time, he left Trabzonspor for a one-and-a-half-year deal with the Denizli Ataturk Stadium giants. The game against Sivasspor, where he replaced Oscar Estupinan, was his seventh game in the Turkish elite division. Denizlispor are currently in the 11th position with 31 points from 27 games as they continue preparation for Saturday’s game against Besiktas. On the international scene, he was part of John Obuh’s Nigeria team to the 2009 U17 World Cup where the Golden Eaglets bowed 1-0 to Switzerland in the final. read also:TB Joshua’s prayer led to my Eaglets recall – Onazi His impressive outing fast-tracked his transition to the senior national team, and in 2013, he played a key role in Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations triumph in South Africa. Later that year, he was part of the country’s Confederation Cup squad as well as the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil. However, injury ruled him out of Rohr’s squad for the 2019 Afcon where the three-time Africa kings finished third. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The midfielder put aside the disillusionment of Denizlispor’s 1-0 defeat to Sivasspor with a state-of-the-art edifice. Reacting to this development, the president of Authentic Nigeria Football Supporters Club, Prince Abayomi Ogunjimi lauded the 27-year-old’s latest achievement. “This is a very great development for Onazi and on behalf of my team, I want to say a big congratulations to him,” Ogunjimi told Goal. “I have been a staunch fan of the youngster – not because of his performance or charisma on the field of play, but because of his ability to make responsible choices. “With a place where he can call home, I think that will spur him in putting up more impressive performances for his Turkish based team.” Onazi joins Manchester United’s Odion Ighalo in the hallowed list of Nigerian footballers past and present who own a mansion in the comfy part of south-west Nigeria. Nigeria international, Ogenyi Onazi, has acquired a multi-million naira residence in Lekki, Lagos.center_img Loading…last_img read more

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