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Mosquito control in private dams

A few local fish species are highly effective with assisting in mosquito control. These fish eat mosquito larvae and control the algae that usually provide protection to larvae.

It you are looking at introducing a species to assist in mosquito control it is essential you select a local fish species appropriate for your drainage division.

Mosquito control species for drainage divisions

East Coast drainage divisions

North East Queensland (Jacky Jacky Creek to Mossman River):

  • Cairns rainbowfish (Cairnsichthys rhombosomoides)
  • Banded rainbowfish (Melanotaenia trifasciata)
  • Eastern rainbowfish (Melanotaenia splendida splendida)
  • McCulloch’s rainbowfish (Melanotaenia maccullochi)
  • Fly-specked hardyhead (Craterocephalus stercusmuscarum fulvus)
  • Threadfin rainbowfish (Iriatherina werneri)
  • Empire gudgeon (Hypseleotris compressa)
  • Purple-spotted gudgeon (Mogurnda adspersa)

Central Queensland (Barron River to Boyne River):

  • Eastern rainbowfish (Melanotaenia splendida splendida)
  • Fly-specked hardyhead (Craterocephalus stercusmuscarum fulvus)
  • Pacific blue-eye (Pseudomugil signifier)
  • Agassiz’s perchlet / olive perchlet (Ambassis agassizi)
  • Spotted blue-eye (Pseudomugil gertrudae)
  • McCulloch’s rainbowfish (Melanotaenia maccullochi)
  • Pennyfish (Denariusa bandata)
  • Empire gudgeon (Hypseleotris compressa)
  • Purple-spotted gudgeon (Mogurnda adspersa)

Southern Queensland (Baffle Creek to Tweed River):

  • Agassiz’s perchlet / olive perchlet (Ambassis agassizi)
  • Duboulay’s rainbowfish (Melanotaenia duboulayi)
  • Ornate rainbowfish (Rhadinocentrus ornatus)
  • Bug-eyed goby (Redigobius bikolanus)
  • Marjorie’s hardyhead (Craterocephalus marjoriae)
  • Firetail gudgeon (Hypseleotris galii)
  • Fly-specked hardyhead (Craterocephalus stercusmuscarum fulvus)
  • Pacific blue-eye (Pseudomugil signifer)
  • Empire gudgeon (Hypseleotris compressa)
  • Purple-spotted gudgeon (Mogurnda adspersa)
  • Australian smelt (Retropinna semoni)

Murray–Darling drainage division

  • Agassiz’s perchlet / olive perchlet (Ambassis agassizi)
  • Murray River rainbowfish (Melanotaenia fluviatilis)
  • Australian smelt (Retropinna semoni)
  • Fly-specked hardyhead (Craterocephalus stercusmuscarum fulvus)
  • Western carp gudgeon (Hypseleotris klunzingeri)
  • Darling River hardyhead (Craterocephalus amniculus)
  • Purple-spotted gudgeon (Mogurnda adspersa)

Gulf of Carpentaria drainage division

  • Chequered rainbowfish (Melanotaenia splendida inornata)
  • Banded rainbowfish (Melanotaenia trifasciata)
  • Spotted blue-eye (Pseudomugil gertrudae)
  • Delicate blue-eye (Pseudomugil tenellus)
  • Macleay’s glassfish (Ambassis macleayi)
  • Pennyfish (Denariusa bandata)
  • Empire gudgeon (Hypseleotris compressa)

Lake Eyre drainage division

  • Desert rainbowfish (Melanotaenia splendida tatei)
  • Mueller’s perchlet (Ambassis mulleri)
  • Western carp gudgeon (Hypseleotris klunzingeri)
  • Australian smelt (Retropinna semoni)

Bulloo–Bancannia drainage division

  • Desert rainbowfish (Melanotaenia splendida tatei)
  • Northwest glassfish (Ambassis spp.)
  • Western carp gudgeon (Hypseleotris klunzingeri)

Hatcheries for stocking native fish for mosquito control

Hatchery

Species available

Ausyfish Pty Ltd
PO Box 324
CHILDERS  QLD  4660
Contact: Bruce Sambell
Phone: (07) 4126 2226
Email: admin@ausyfish.com
http://www.ausyfish.com/

  • Delicate blue-eye
  • Pacific blue-eye
  • Firetail gudgeon
  • Murray River rainbowfish
  • Chequered rainbowfish
  • Banded rainbowfish
  • Eastern rainbowfish
  • McCulloch's rainbowfish
  • Duboulay's rainbowfish
  • Desert rainbowfish

Hanwood Fish Hatchery
323 Redgate Road
MURGON  QLD  4605
Contact: Max & Deirdre Cluff
Phone: (07) 4168 1558

  • Olive perchlet

Liverpool Creek Aquarium
PO Box 131
SILKWOOD  QLD  4856
Contact: James Belbin
Phone: (07) 4065 4760
Email: jeffreybelbin@bigpond.com

  • Olive perchlet
  • Spotted blue-eye
  • Pacific blue-eye
  • Fly-specked hardyhead
  • Banded rainbowfish
  • Eastern rainbowfish
  • McCulloch's rainbowfish
  • Threadfin rainbowfish

Suncoast Native Fish
9 Kimbah Court
COOROIBAH  QLD  4565
Contact: Chris Muir
Phone: (07) 5446 3655

  • Pacific blue-eye
  • Firetail gudgeon
  • Fly-specked hardyhead
  • Duboulay's rainbowfish
  • Ornate rainbowfish

Sunland FW Fish Hatchery
Green Gate Road
COOROIBAH  QLD  4565
Contact: Gwen Gilson or Bernie
Phone: (07) 5485 3144
Mobile: 0427 626 552 or 0418 782 988
Email: sunlandfishhatchery@bigpond

  • Olive perchlet
  • Western carp gudgeon
  • Firetail gudgeon
  • Eastern rainbowfish
  • Duboulay's rainbowfish

Australian Native Fish Enterprises
38 Cameron Road
BURPENGARY  QLD  4505
Contact: Andrew Shaw
Phone: 0403 043 819
Email: anfe.nativefish@gmail.com
www.ausnativefish.com.au

  • Pacific blue-eye
  • Fly-specked hardyhead
  • Firetail gudgeon
  • Duboulay's rainbowfish

Sunshine Coast Crayfish Producers
91 Toolborough Road
YANDINA  QLD  4561
Contact: Ross & Vicki Rickard
Phone: (07) 5446 6319
Email: redclawcrays@yahoo.com

  • Olive perchlet
  • Australian smelt
  • Pacific blue-eye
  • Western carp gudgeon
  • Firetail gudgeon
  • Fly-specked hardyhead
  • Eastern rainbowfish
  • Duboulay's rainbowfish
  • Ornate rainbowfish
  • Blue eye

South East Queensland Fish Pty Ltd
1044 Beenleigh-Beaudesert Rd
LUSCOMBE  QLD  4207
Phone: (07) 5546 4462
Email: sales@seqfish.com.au
www.seqfish.com.au

  • Pacific blue-eye
  • Duboulay's rainbowfish
  • Firetail gudgeon

Redclaw Aquatica
71 Murphy Road
BEERBURRUM  QLD  4517
Phone: (07) 5496 0448
Mobile: 0403 009 734
Email: crays@redclawaquatica.com.au

  • Duboulay's rainbowfish
  • Ornate rainbowfish

Michael Masters
YANDINA  QLD  4561
Phone: (07) 54467584

  • Duboulay's rainbowfish
  • Ornate rainbowfish
  • Pacific blue-eye

Freshwater Australian Crayfish Traders
785 Tarome Road
TAROME  QLD  4309
Contact: Robin Hutchings
Phone: (07) 5463 8226
Email: fact@gil.com.au

  • Firetail gudgeon
  • Duboulay's rainbowfish

Ikan Pty Ltd
123 Bob Road
MOURILYAN  QLD  4858
Contact: Jan Kocar
Phone: (07) 4063 2576
Email: ikan@activ8.net.au

  • Ornate rainbowfish
  • Pacific blue-eye