Re: Smallmouths

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Posted by Hooker on July 18, 1998 at 18:51:01:

In Reply to: Smallmouths posted by Brian on July 18, 1998 at 01:06:39:

I've never heard anyone mention it, but it might
be a possible alternative if the water conditions
can no longer support trout.
Biologically, it wouldn't work. There is a basic
rule in biology called the Competitive Exclusion
Principle that states that no two species can
occupy the same niche. If they do, one species
will always be eliminated through competition for
food and and shelter.
The smallmouths would compete directly with the
trout for food and shelter, which would create
a situation detrimental to both groups.
What about Browns and Rainbows? Well, they have a
lot of overlap in thier niches, but they do have
different feeding times, reproduction times, and
shelter requirements. Also, the trout populations
on the Hooch are artifically maintained by
stocking so the rules of nature do not apply here.


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