I know maybe this isn't the newsgroup to ask this question but you all
seem pretty intelligent to me. I was driving past a man made lake today
and was wondering... If big enough and left long enough, would a body of
water eventually get fish in it? If so, how would would they get there?
I thought about bird droppings, which would work for seeds, but not for
fish eggs. Maybe this is a silly question but I thought I'd ask and
see if anybody here knows the answer.
First, it depends on the source of the water. If they took a stream and
made a damn and created a lake, then yes, it will have fish. If it is
run-off water (from higher areas around the lake) then it won't --
Certain birds will carry fish a distance before stopping to eat it and it is
possible, I suppose, that they will eventually drop a fish in a body of
water. BTW, the first resident (until he finds out there are no fish) will
probably be a snapping turtle who can travel long distances over ground.
However, most man-made ponds are just simple stocked with fish to create a
healthy body of water. Stagnant water with no life creates scummy,
algea-ridden, mosquito havens -- obviously not a good idea. Locally, we
have a traveling band of fish salesman who will sell us large and small
mouth bass, catfish, albino catfish, perch and feeder minnows as well as Koi
for those foo-foo farmers who have to have perty fish in their ponds.
And, just FYI: it's a pond if it is under an acre in size. If it is an acre
or larger it is called a "lake" and the tax bracket is adjusted
It was just a hypothetical question. If somebody were to scoop out a
hole in the ground, fill it with water and just let it sit, whether or
not it would eventually get fish in it. I wasn't talking about a
particular one I saw, just a general question. But you all gave me a few
scenarios to think about. Thanks. <G>
Actually, they do, but very shortly afterward they hit dry ground they
magically transform into something different. I forget the scientific
name for the result, but some of the common names are: baked fish, coyote
fudge, vulture droppings and worm food.
Seems like amphibians have a higher chance for a joyride through the sky,
As for the original question, I think there was a imported snakefish
invasion in Maryland where the fish supposedly climbed out of the water
to infest other ponds. Other, less mobile fish may have to rely on
floods or cyclonic action.
Well, it would probably take a little while for any to evolve, but
suppose the usual way for them to get in somewhere like that would b
because of nearby rivers flooding, unless it was near the Everglade
and has fish capable of crawling over-land
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