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Mosquito Fish Are Here!

Today I received an order of gambusia fish, which are commonly known as mosquito fish. I am trying to alleviate the mosquito problem caused by an old abandoned swimming pool. The pool has been drained several times but keeps filling back up. I don't want to drain it again for fear of a cave-in, which old pools are sometimes prone to do when emptied. Gambusia fish are very hardy and gobble up mosquito larvae, so they are a good, natural choice for mosquito control.

My thoughts are to eventually convert the swimming pool into a beautiful pond or possibly add a hydroponic greenhouse. A greenhouse would be excellent for year round organic vegetable & fruit growing, and a pond would be a great haven for wildlife. The Humane Society has an article all about pool-to-pond conversion. For a video about a family who constructed a closed-loop food-producing greenhouse from an old swimming pool, go here .

It would take quite a bit of effort to convert it, but it would be so worth it..


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AliCanary wrote on June 27, 2014, 7:00 PM

Ooh, I Love the idea of converting the pool into a lush pond! Mosquito fish are the same species as guppies, that very popular aquarium fish (gambusia affinis). In the wild they love to eat mosquito larvae.

DorothyGale wrote on June 27, 2014, 10:41 PM

What a great idea, to convert it to a pond or greenhouse! Have never thought of doing something like that with an old pool. Gambusia will be great for your mosquito problem, too.

Anja wrote on June 28, 2014, 11:55 AM

I had no idea that there were such fish. It warms my heart to think nature provided such a mechanism for ridding us of mosquitoes.

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 31, 2015, 12:49 AM

I have not heard of Mosquito Fish, but you did explain it well above. I learned something new today, thanks.