From: Dawn Schummer (Copper Trail), Volunteer David Rupprecht
Some of the trout are very dark in color and some are almost see through. I tried looking up why, but could not find anything. Do you know? They will be testing the water again on Wednesday, so I will take pictures of them doing their different jobs. We have only 4 eggs that did not hatch. We have one fish that looks like it’s spine is deformed, but he is swimming around crazy. We have 3 still alive in the hatching net, but they are not looking too great.
Answer: DJ Zor
As for the color variance, I haven’t a clue. Maybe due to how long it’s been since they hatched? Maybe it’s due to how much light exposure each has received and when exposure becomes more constant they’ll all adjust the same???
The one with the deformation likely won’t make it and definitely wouldn’t in nature. The not so great fish may get strong may not. User discretion on when to cull. The problem with dead fish is decay causes chemistry problems. There’s a balance with food and poop that’s pretty regular, a dead fish adds lots of decaying matter quickly and that upsets the balance.