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(Chron)   North Texas officials are looking to stop the spread of Zebras with mussels. Wait....what?   (chron.com) divider line 21
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2012-10-28 12:31:05 PM
Those things are a pain in the ass.

Definitely so if you sit in the water for extended periods of time
 
2012-10-28 12:54:54 PM
I'm not getting the headline.
 
2012-10-28 01:10:39 PM

thamike: I'm not getting the headline.


Something to do with keeping this guy from reproducing I think.

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2012-10-28 03:19:56 PM
When I was a kid there was a guy in Colleyville (suburb between Dallas and Fort Worth) who had a couple of zebras in his backyard, along with a few alpacas.

CSB, I know.
 
2012-10-28 04:33:18 PM

poonesfarm: When I was a kid there was a guy in Colleyville (suburb between Dallas and Fort Worth) who had a couple of zebras in his backyard, along with a few alpacas.

CSB, I know.


Were they mussular?
 
2012-10-28 04:47:01 PM
www.totalprosports.com
 
2012-10-28 05:06:15 PM
In Texas? I'd be more worried about cows with guns.
 
2012-10-28 05:19:06 PM

mangtomas: [www.totalprosports.com image 610x406]


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2012-10-28 06:24:44 PM
I'm a five minute walk from Lake Lewisville and I would appreciate it if boaters would please not contaminate this one with zebra mussels. It's a but scuzzy to begin with, but I don't know if it's bad enough to kill zebra mussels.

Since all the lakes in this area are artificial I wonder if draining and refilling would be enough to kill all the zebra mussels.
 
2012-10-28 06:37:21 PM

wildcardjack: I'm a five minute walk from Lake Lewisville and I would appreciate it if boaters would please not contaminate this one with zebra mussels. It's a but scuzzy to begin with, but I don't know if it's bad enough to kill zebra mussels.

Since all the lakes in this area are artificial I wonder if draining and refilling would be enough to kill all the zebra mussels.


I'm in the area, that is a nasty lake for sure. Only thing cool about it is party cove. I used to wakeboard with some friends, it's worth the drive to Ray Roberts for slightly less muddy dank water.
 
2012-10-28 06:42:25 PM

wildcardjack: I'm a five minute walk from Lake Lewisville and I would appreciate it if boaters would please not contaminate this one with zebra mussels. It's a but scuzzy to begin with, but I don't know if it's bad enough to kill zebra mussels.

Since all the lakes in this area are artificial I wonder if draining and refilling would be enough to kill all the zebra mussels.


Actually, I think that would be the only real solution. Those things are damn near impossible to eliminate.
 
2012-10-28 07:09:41 PM
The zebra mussels were bad in some ways for the Great Lakes, but they also cleaned up Lake Erie... so if the lake is messed up, you're probably better off with zebra mussels.
 
2012-10-28 08:20:45 PM

legion_of_doo: The zebra mussels were bad in some ways for the Great Lakes, but they also cleaned up Lake Erie... so if the lake is messed up, you're probably better off with zebra mussels.


No they didn't clean up Lake Erie, they increased water clarity. These are not the same thing, and the increase in water clarity (through the reduction in aquatic life) is generally considered to be a bad thing. They contribute to the increase in cyanobacteria/harmful algal blooms (Microcystis aeruginosa). Their dead biomass at the bottom of the lake makes the dead zones worse, and increase the botulism in the lake.
The lake was finally getting back to healthy levels in the 90's before the zebra mussels (and later quagga mussels) hit, and it is looking like they will wipe out all the good we have done.
 
2012-10-28 08:59:55 PM
Just wait until the Asian carp shows up.
 
2012-10-28 10:23:07 PM

GranoblasticMan: In Texas? I'd be more worried about cows with guns.


Naw.... Cows are pretty bad shots. it's the deer you need to fear.
 
2012-10-29 01:46:12 AM
So are they edible?
 
2012-10-29 07:24:35 AM

legion_of_doo: The zebra mussels were bad in some ways for the Great Lakes, but they also cleaned up Lake Erie... so if the lake is messed up, you're probably better off with zebra mussels.


You realize that clear water !=(necessarily) good water, right?
 
2012-10-29 12:09:25 PM

poonesfarm: When I was a kid there was a guy in Colleyville (suburb between Dallas and Fort Worth) who had a couple of zebras in his backyard, along with a few alpacas.

CSB, I know.


You ever cleaned up after an alpaca?
 
2012-10-29 12:46:37 PM

Do the needful: poonesfarm: When I was a kid there was a guy in Colleyville (suburb between Dallas and Fort Worth) who had a couple of zebras in his backyard, along with a few alpacas.

CSB, I know.

You ever cleaned up after an alpaca?


I have. It was AWESOME.
 
2012-10-29 12:47:32 PM

Krymson Tyde: poonesfarm: When I was a kid there was a guy in Colleyville (suburb between Dallas and Fort Worth) who had a couple of zebras in his backyard, along with a few alpacas.

CSB, I know.

Were they mussular?


I dunno, but they sure were delicious.
 
Skr
2012-10-30 07:54:32 AM
Man those zebra mussels, Eurasian Milfoil, and the Flying Carp of Death, have really made the ten thousand lakes around here a crap shoot. Never know when the next lake is going to get infected by some lazy uncaring mofo.

(Also there is an invasive type of Crayfish that is killing off the regular population as well.)

Invasive species really suck.
 
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