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  1. I have 71 four to six in black crappies that are feed trained and are now in a floating cage. I brought them in last fall into a basement RAS that were produced in a small 1/10th acre pond. The pond was planted with brood fish that were caught via hook and line from a nearby lake. Would have had many more but make the mistake of planting fathead minnows (Pimphales promelas) in the pond, and they became so prolific there is no doubt they were competition to the fry and may have even eaten some. Live and learn.
  2. Crappies were released free swimming into the pond a couple of weeks after going into the cage about the middle of June. Hadn't seen any trace of them until yesterday when I seined most of them out. They are now back into one of the RAS tanks for the winter with similar size bluegills and some tilapia. The hope is to get them back on pellets. They don't appear to have grown much if any over the summer but look otherwise healthy. My thinking is since they were hatched from wild stock it may take a few generations of selective breeding to get a better growth rate. At least I was able to get 75 of them feed trained is supposed to be difficult. Next spring I am going to attempt and cross white and black crappies. Black crappies are easily acquired locally and there is a reservoir not too far away where they are all whites. As a fish taxidermist the largest crappies I mount for customers are natural hybrids of the two.
  3. BigDaddy, I've seen that trend here too. 1. Seasons seem stuck and don't change when they normally do. 2. Colder wetter springs.
  4. temps in the northern hemisphere? Just doesn't want to cool down much here in the midwest USA. I would like to move my several hundred trout to a bigger pond that is not fed by borehole water, but can't do it as the water temps are consistently in the upper 60's up to 70's F. (20 to 25 C.) which is quite abnormal for the going on the middle of October.
  5. Funny note on moving fish in with the tilapia: I had tilapia and bluegills in a tank a couple of years ago. The tilapia were much smaller, and the bluegills bullied them away at feeding time. However having a faster growth rate the tilapia caught up in size and got bigger than the bluegills. Then the tables turned! I have tilapia in two of the ponds with bluegills. They almost look alike and feed together although the tilapia seem o be a little more timid and stay closer to shore at feeding time vs. the suspended bluegills.
  6. Waiting for the weather to cool off so I can reduce the pounds per acre by moving them to a bigger pond. It's supposed to be close to 80 F. ( 27 C.) on the 14th of October! We usually have a frost by then!
  7. Interesting. Sad to hear all the toxic trash down there too. Makes sense as it all probably makes it's way to the deepest water of the oceans.
  8. Make sense as I'm reading that the northern latitudes are experiencing more warming relatively speaking than farther south. This in turn is causing a lot of buckling in the jet stream which causes record low and highs farther south (extreme troughs and ridges) along with more severe weather when colder than normal air makes contact with warmer than normal air.
  9. Thanks for sharing. Crappies look healthy with good relative weights! Doesn't look like the catfish will let anything else feed in that tank! Kudos on raising catfish. I hear they can be touchy. Pretty sure I posted it on the website, but the 75 crappies I feed trained and then put into an outside pond in a floating cage decided they didn't want to feed in the cage for whatever reason. This after they fed even better than the bluegills in the same tank inside. After two weeks of a lousy feeding response I flipped the cage and they have been free swimming in the pond for the rest of the year. I have not seen them or seen them feed on pellets. Have not seen any morts either. That said, there were tilapia spawning in the pond so perhaps they have been feeding on the tilapia offspring? Anyway, I will be seining and draining that pond soon and make an attempt to bring them back inside and get them back on artificial feed. Think it will work? I'll have some bluegill and tilapia mixed in with them in hopes they may help get them back on the artificial feed. They were feeding on the pellets so well inside! I'm thinking part of the reason they went off the pellets is they are only one generation from wild fish. If I can get some survivors I hope to cross them with white crappies next spring.
  10. Sounds like a good pump rondha001. For my larger systems I use these air pumps from a vendor in Tennessee. Available in various sizes and I still have the same diaphragms in a few after several years of use. Have even used them outside with no issues. They are designed to aerate septic tanks. Click on Air Pumps to see sizes from 30 lpm to 200 lpm. Very quiet! An option is an alarm to tell you the pump is not working. http://www.bluewaterpumps.com/contact-us.php
  11. Good to hear from you Gary!
  12. I hope all is well.
  13. Brian, Cool stuff! Just noticed this thread. I can relate to to the bluegills. Getting my systems ready to bring in a few hundred for the winter. They are a great species for RAS! Have you noticed the more you have in a system the better they feed? Are these coppernose bluegills? Glad to see you know your snakes and don't just kill them automatically like a lot of people do. I have a lot of garter snakes around the ponds and value the fact they control the moles that try and bore through my pond dikes.
  14. Now Maria is the concern.
  15. Thanks. Irma as you know is now the next nightmare.
  16. Around $20.00 per pound. Rarely trout sold under 4 lbs. Another species the bluegill (Lepomis macrochiris) gets double or more than that because it weighs much less. Also less overhead than the trout.
  17. Thanks for the kind words. Tiger Trout: Cross between a female brown trout and a male brook trout. All trout sell for too much to eat! Minimum of $40.00 U.S. dollars each! Average is twice that by next fall.
  18. Wow! During 13 days in 2008, one Osprey flew 2,700 miles—from Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, to French Guiana, South America
  19. As some of you know I hatch, feed train, and grow out gamefish to trophy size for the taxidermy and replica fish industry and I'm a fish taxidermist myself. I've done everything but beat fish farmers over the head to show them this is a viable sideline for their fish to no avail. Finally decided I had to do it myself about a decade a go. One type of customer is the taxidermist that needs large natural specimens to mount for state, national, and world competitions. As those of us that are anglers know you can't just go out anytime and catch a trophy fish in public waters unless you are lucky enough to live somewhere where that is common place. The following two fish won first place at the national level. The very latest is this brook trout raised in my trout pond and mounted by Mickey Bowman of Oklahoma. This brown was also a first place fish a few years ago and mounted by Frank Kotula of Pennsylvannia, USA. Needless to say I have a waiting list for large trout and run out of them very quickly.
  20. Osprey never came back. Maybe he will show up at the next solar eclipse here in 2024 if he's still alive. LOL
  21. New bird showed up at the peak of the solar eclipse. Osprey aka Fish Hawk. Hopefully passing through as I did not see it at all today.
  22. Thanks. I will look into that for next year. In actuality it would not have to be over the entire pond. Just out a few feet from the edges and out over the water would work as these birds do not land in the water but wade in. That said it would have to be set up where they can't stand on the netting to fish over the edge. So perhaps it would be better and easier to just cover the pond. I had a bird one night in another pond standing on an extension cord to a night light that was used to attract yellow perch fry for feed training. These birds are really amazingly intelligent!
  23. I've thought of that. How difficult would it be to get it really taunt over the pond without it falling into the water? The pond is 59 by 85 feet. I'd actually prefer to do that if it was effective vs. killing them.
  24. Form 37 is on it's way to apply toward a state permit and then the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Permit. Will be running off the birds for couple more weeks. If I could just have a man to bird talk with them to tell them my patience is running out and things could get dicy for them...