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    Question mosquito fish for puget sound???? please help

    Hey guys,

    So I should be getting my puget in a few weeks! So happy!!!

    I have a friend that had kept eastern garters (I am in North Carolina) for a while and he fed his mosquito fish he would catch in a stream. He is going to be bring me some of the fish for my Puget, but would that be okay to feed the little guy? As long as I freeze them for at least a week before giving it to him? I am also going to use pinky parts. Just need your thoughts.

    Thanks guys as always!

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    Re: mosquito fish for puget sound???? please help

    My local pet shop used to stock them in place of guppies. They are another one of those failed ecosystem helpers brought in to help in one area but created a host of new problems.
    Are you planning on them as a main food source?

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    Re: mosquito fish for puget sound???? please help

    No... not really. ... mostly pinky parts but like a fish or two once every other weeks or so.

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    Re: mosquito fish for puget sound???? please help

    Since the ones you are getting are wild caught my only concern would be parasites.
    Not sure if it's a big or small risk but it is a risk. Why not use some fresh tilapia?
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    Re: mosquito fish for puget sound???? please help

    Good point... I was just thinking whole fish would be better but I don't want parisites.

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    Re: mosquito fish for puget sound???? please help

    You can always dust the fillet with Rep-Cal.

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    Re: mosquito fish for puget sound???? please help

    I have a friend who uses them for his garters with great success! He catches them and freezes them for a few weeks first with great success! You can buy a pack of frozen sally's silversides from petsmart! Tilapia is great, but like steve said make sure it is fresh with no additives because a lot of frozen fish fillet is treated with trisodium phosphate which is lethal to snakes!
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