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Zoophytos Soldier Omniblend (squash) beats Dynamite Silver X groundbaits

Aquatic soldiers, Stratiotes aloides (Hydrocharitaceae), are floating plants that form often wide plantations in river bays, floodplain lakes and ponds. In addition, according to numerous faunistic studies, epiphytic and mining invertabrates of 22-33 taxa inhabit rosettes of S. aloides.

For more information, see:

Aquatic plants and zoophytos: aqautic soldiers (Stratiotes aloides)

These field data allow to make an assumption that S. aloides can be used in the capacity of fishing groundbait.

For one session, 4 samples of soldiers (about 0,5 kg each) were washed off in the plastic tank using the small water gun and 2 liters of river water. This washout was passed through the 2 mm mesh to separate large invertebrates. To prevent the eliminating of endangered Aeshna viridis (Odonata), all dragonfly larvae were returned to the water. Then the remaining bouillon was passed through the 300 μm mesh. Finally, rough and fine residues were moved into the 2 liter plastic pail, in which they were squashed carefully with 2-3 fresh leaves of soldiers.

The final fresh squash, with general name Zoophytos Soldier Omniblend, had the following structure:

      1) plant tissues (both pure and infected with the mining Chironomidae larvae)

      2) epiphytic invertebrates (with the dominance of Mollusca, chiefly Lymnaea truncatula, on biomass)

      3) epiphytic algae & fungi

      4) detritus

      5) bottom sediments from the soldier roots (because plants were gathered at small, 30-50 cm,  depth).

The concentratation of 2-5 ingredients was no less than 10 gr per 100 gr of squashed leaves.

This squash were compared in the field with commercial groundbaits Dynamite Silver X (8 original mixes) based on sweet biscuit, ground seeds, crushed hemp and other ingredients.

The method to compare the two clay balls was used:

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In brief, 100 gr balls with commercial groundbaits contained 90 gr of pure clay and 10 gr (dry weight) of Silver X. They were paired with balls contained 90 gr of pure clay and 10 gr (fresh weight) of zoophytos soldier squash. Allowed to select, roach ignored balls with Silver X (8 mixes) in all cases (sign test, n = 10 per session, p < 0,001).

According to our practices for years, this squash are strong for fish of many families (Cyprinidae, Cottidae, Siluridae,  Ictaluridae, etc.) and beats any commercial groundbaits.

There is the decline during last decades of S. aloides in Europe due to eutrophication and environmental stresses. Described method to use macrozoophytos of S. aloides allows to save these plants and save endangered A. viridis.

Category: AquaticZooPhytos | Views: 1181 | Added by: nickyurchenko | Tags: Aeshna viridis, Zoophytos Soldier Omniblend, Silver X, zoophytos, Dynamite Baits, aquatic plants, aquatic soldiers, Stratiotes aloides | Rating: 0.0/0





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