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  • Birthday 12/05/57

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    Fish Taxidermist, aquaculturitst, freelance writer. Avid reader and tinkerer.
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    Ligonier, Indiana USA
  1. I saw the funniest thing driving by a farm with goats. It had poured rain earlier and the goats were in a shed. As I drove by a soaked one popped his head and and looked up at the sky. As if to say, "does it look like it's going to rain again?" I've thought about getting a goat or two to keep some of my pond banks trimmed. Anybody have any suggestions on what kind? I don't want them to reproduce so may a couple of males?
  2. Good to see Brian! Haven't followed you on Pond Boss since I got banned temporarily. Have no interest in going back as I've gone in a completely different direction than recreational ponds. And the constant trolling of my threads got old too. Then to get banned for that didn't make much sense. The crazy thing was I was told by a mod to ignore the individual. That just made him mad. I tried to be nice and did not respond in kind. That worked for a while, but then he went ballistic when I did the thread on getting crappies from a local lake for brood stock. Said it was illegal blah blah blah. Had that from the director of my DNR. Absolutely not true. I'm even sharing my success with local biologists. My feed trained crappies were moved to an outside floating cage from the RAS. I'm going on vaca in a few weeks and don't want my 81 year old dad stressed by any issues that could come up in the RAS. I think I have about 75 very healthy crappies in the 5 to 6 inch range. I think they would have been bigger if I had not had so many fathead minnows competing in the pond I hatched them in. And I took them out really late in the year. (Live and learn). They are mixed with bluegills in a cage, but I think I'm going to separate them. Bluegills can be very aggressive. At least that has been my experience. I hope to post pictures in a different thread today if you're interested. My two cameras have gone kaput but I can use the wife's cell phone camera. Keep up the good work!
  3. It was Menards in Goshen, IN. Was at least 6 years ago so hopefully they have not changed suppliers, which is common for big box stores. It came in 6 foot wide rolls IIRR. OTOH, I'm not convinced roofing EPDM in general is toxic, and isn't the same as the stuff sold by pond suppliers. Perhaps some of the pond suppliers don't want you to purchase it cheaper elsewhere? God knows some of them have some serious markups especially in the aeration systems. In the least some scrubbing might be done to play it safe. I did recently purchase a piece 15ft. X 15ft. 45 mil of EPDM for ponds from Ebay to line my well pit, and it was reasonable with free shipping at $185.72.
  4. I bought some roofing EPDM from a local big box store a few years ago and it had in white letters, "Safe for Aquatic Use."
  5. The trout I hatched back in December apear to be definitely in the 5 inch range. This one is a brook trout. The pond also has brown and tiger trout. I may have seen a brown trout that was larger. I should be able to get another 5 inches or more on them by the time the pond water temps are so low in late fall to winter growth will be negligible. I'm hoping I can get my trout to harvest size of 4 to 5 pounds in two years vs. my three years previously. Previously I was purchasing them as yearlings at 6 to 8 inches. These are only a few months old and already almost 6 inches. I'm planning on hatching eggs again in the fall and putting them into a floating raceway in the pond in the spring to separate them from the larger fish. This way I can have fish of harvest size on an annual basis vs. every two or three years as previously as I had to completely start over.
  6. My snails are gone in the fish tank not long after I added some bluegills (Lepomis macrochirus).
  7. Have seen some trout scattered in the pond. Some look close to 5 inches and quite healthy looking. Saw a couple that appeared much smaller. Either runts or brook trout vs. brown trout. They all still have parr marks. Water temp in the pond is gin clear and in the low to upper 50's. Will wait as long as possible to crank up the well due to cost and in injection of iron particles that may irritate the gills of smaller fish. A source once told me once they reach 4 inches small amounts of iron aren't a problem. Today I installed a membrance diffuser in the middle deepest area for mixing of the water column. (Depth about 10 feet). Will probably run it mostly at night depending on air temps. Once the well is running will run it 24/7. From my experience mixing the water column doesn't warm the water much when the well is running even when air temps are in the 90's (32 to 35 Celsius). Water temp of the well entering at 45 gpm is about 52 F. ( 11 Celcius). In mid summer below a few inches the water temp is 62 F. (16.7 Celsius) all the way to the bottom. Sorry no pictures. Would need an underwater camera for that.
  8. Snails are gone in the fish tank. Bluegills snarfed them up!
  9. Yes and no. I have now added bluegills I seined up from one of the ponds, and if previous experience is any indication the snails won't last long once they migrate to the fish tank from the biofilter. Once the water warms up in the ponds I may move the bluegills and crappies (other species in the tank) to a floating cage and sterilize the entire system with bleach riding the snails once and for all.
  10. Yes much less than I thought but still far more than I need. 717. (717 fish were planted into the pond).
  11. Trout are now free swimming in the outside trout pond. I initially put them in a floating cage and noticed about 20 swimming in the pond. What the heck? Turns out I missed a seam in the floating cage and they were escaping. Since it wasn't practical to fix the fish cage with the fish in it, I decided to just free the fish. The first couple of days they kept circling the pond but have now settled down to the south side of the pond mostly in the vicinity of the pier where I have concentrated feeding them. I need to get stakes up soon to keep a Great Blue Heron out of the pond. They seem a little too deep for the heron to reach, but better safe than sorry. I need to also cross some lines across the pond in case a Kingfisher shows up.
  12. Thank you Ande. My mother-in-law was sweetheart and fun to be with. And she liked me! Not a lot of son-in-laws can say that! She fought kidney failure for the last two years and a heart attack and subsequent congestive heart failure was the final coup de grace. For those of you that have high blood pressure, you need to do what it takes to bring it down. It will destroy your kidneys and other organs, and dialysis three times a week is no picnic even for the toughest people.
  13. Probably won't be selling some of the fish to the prospective buyer for his pond. His new pond is having turbidity issues and I have referred him to a source for larger rainbows. From my experience the smaller trout do not tolerate turbidity well especially if it is continuous. No big deal as I will hold on to more trout and/l or plant more in a local stream with a blessing from the department of natural resources (permit required.)
  14. The cool thing is now that they are free swimming in the tank, I am not seeing the waste on the bottom of the tank I did when they were in the cage. The movement of the fish and the side drain - plus purging the bottom drain at least twice a day -- is removing solids, and moving the rest to the filters. When I drain the fish tank down to a few inches, and replace with fresh water, there isn't much waste left around the drain. What little there is, is pushed into the drain with a small aquarium net to be sucked out. They are also now actively swimming against the centripetal flow created by the discharge from the sand and gravel filter and the discharge from the chiller. This not only reduces their effort to get oxygen (ram ventilation), but it keeps them occupied and less likely to fin nip etc. And they are evenly distributed in the water column. I will include a couple more photos when I get the chance and access to the wife's iPhone camera. She is out of town right now due to the passing of my mother-in-law.
  15. Trout are between 3 and 4 inches. Feeding well every three hours. Act like they can't get enough to eat at feeding time. No illness but some seem to have slightly short gill covers. Could be genetic, a vitamin deficiency, or damage from moving them. One expert said the gills covers on the ends are very transparent at this stage so they may just look that way. They are now free swimming in the tank vs. a floating cage in the tank. Some will go into the outside pond in a couple of weeks, some will be sold, and the rest will be planting in a nearby stream with permission from my department of natural resources. I had to put a screen on top of the tank. I've had a few jump out!