We grow a number of different species of Gudgeons at Aquablue. The two main species
we are currently doing are Striped Gudgeons Gobiomorphus australis and
Flathead Gudgeons Philypnodon grandiceps. Both of these are natives of Eastern
Australia and thrive in both fish tanks and dams.
We sell most of the gudgeons produced to Councils and environmentally conscious
people who have constructed artificial water bodies and need native small fish to stock
them with to control mosquitos. Gudgeons, when released into wetlands or dams, etc.
rapidly produce viable populations of fish which naturally reproduce and create a food
source for all other animals.
As a native fish, if flooding occurs and some escape, they are not harmful to the
local environment and can only enhance it. Gudgeons do not grow very large. They
average in the dam approximately 80 to 100 mm long head to tail. Larger animals can
grow to 150mm but this is rare. As a small native fish which reproduces readily they
are becoming increasingly important to people stocking dams with large eating fish such
as Australian Bass or Yellowbelly. In the wild Gudgeons would be the main food source
of Bass. Stocking a dam with gudgeons prior to Bass release ensures a good food supply
in the dam and fast growing bass.
All our Gudgeons are produced in outside earthen ponds with other species.
Pollyculture - where we grow two or more species in the same pond - is extremely
important at Aquablue as we are commercial farmers and need to maximise the returns
from any given pond of water. Gudgeons are in all our broodstock and water storage
dams, however these populations are not harvested as they are there to create a food
source for other species.
Our specific Gudgeon ponds are our Mullet ponds. We commercially farm mullet and as
another crop in our mullet ponds we grow Gudgeons. Capture is simple as we use small
shrimp traps which we just drop in the pond. They are unbaited but the gudgeons are
very inquisitive and approx 20 per hour will just swim into the trap to check it