seconds passed and i thought of an idea. i took a stroll over to one of my neighbors and asked them about their fish and fish ponds. what type of fish did they have? how many relative to size of pond or container? where did they get them? do you feed them or do they do well on their own? etc. all the answers were easy.
- regular old joe shmoe gold fish
- they've got 30+ fish
- some of theirs are big boys now
- big like 9" inches big
- at the local market in the pet section
- did not know they had a pet section
- learn something new everyday
- feed them? nope.
- they eat the mosquito larva and the algae in the water
- excellent answer i thought
i hopped on my bike and rode to the local market. the fish guy was happy to hear about their new home. he was very proud of his fish tanks and took extra care to net the perky, feisty types. we talked about the rain barrels and about the use of small horse troughs for mosquito control. this guy knew his stuff. he suggested i purchase ten fish total. he also remarked that there was no need for any extra feeding. he even said goodbye to the fish before i walked off. this is a good fish guy. i'll be going back to him if ever i expand.
so i picked up ten joe shmoe goldfish and trucked them home. i popped five into each 75 gallon rain barrel. even though i had made an attempt to clean them out a day or so back, there was still plenty of algae inside for feeding. in seconds those babies were all over the mosquito larva. love that!
by the way, i do have a horse trough kicking around. hmmmm, where will that go. the fish man suggested i place it where i generally have the greatest concentration of mosquitoes. i know exactly where that is. aha! project next in the making.