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  1. I had another heron on the big pond yesterday evening. Had a small trout or yellow perch in his mouth. Since I have two federal permits and one state permit to take herons out I got the shot gun out. Don't know why but he flew off apparently unscathed. I should have hit him. It was raining pellets all around and behind him. Proabably went through the feathers as there is not much to these birds but feathers and skin and bones. Should have been closer but it's hard to get very close to these birds. If I put the fear of Cecil into the bird and it won't come back that is fine with me. I'd prefer not to kill them.
  2. Caught and released 10 or 12 brook trout, and two tigers the other day to determine growth and health. No browns but they are in the pond. Brooks were 12 to almost 13 inches and the two tigers were in the 11 inch range. These fish are 8 months old. I have included pictures of a tiger trout (brown trout X brook trout) and a brook trout including the beautiful dorsal markings of one of the tigers.
  3. Hey Andy if he was raising Arctic char like you have up your way it might not be so bad.
  4. I've moved 108 male brook trout, 218 female brook trout, 71 brown trout, and 70 tiger trout to the biggest pond on the property. Total of 467 trout. Only a handful left in the original trout pond that come up for feed. Will probably get them out via hook and line. The following are the only pictures I have as one day a friend helped and he had a cell phone. The next day I was on my own and nothing to take a photo with. Brown Trout Another Tiger Trout
  5. Only day with no rain is tomorrow. But I have a family commitment tomorrow.
  6. For optimum weather I may move it to the weekend. If that is the case I will have access to the wife's iPhone for pictures.
  7. Wish me luck next week. I'm going to stress over $30,000 worth of trout. I'm going to seine the trout pond and place 60 of each species (180 total) into a 12 foot Intex pool until the pond is completely seined out (same day) and put the 180 back into the trout pond with the rest of the fish going to a much bigger pond on the property. I don't want to move them but the pond won't be able to handle what's in the trout pond once they get much bigger. The trout pond carrying capacity is 720 lbs. upon harvest which is ~ 180 trout @ an average of 4.5 pounds minus a 10 percent mortality. This is calculated at 16 lbs. per gpm flow @ 45 gpm. The hope is the trout in the big pond will average 18 inches and approximately 3 lbs. by late May before the water gets too warm, which is large enough to sell although I get a higher price for the trout that will stay in the trout pond until the following fall. Just don't have room for them all and the big pond gets too warm after May. Not only will the Intex pool water be very cool 40's to low 50's F. ( 8 to 12 C.) but it will be have salt solution of 0.5 percent NaCl and ammonia remover. I plan adding a little bit of Tricaine methanfulfanate (Finquel or MS222) to calm them a little. Will also create a circular flow with a sump pump and an agitator to add oxygen. The fish will be moved about 500 feet to the big pond via a trailer mounted 300 gallon tank with a fresh flow agitator. I sold it to a friend but he is letting are borrow it as long as I need it. Hope to this all done in a day.
  8. Could elaborate on placing the swimming pool on top of the fish tank? I assume it was empty and turned over? I'm having a hard time picturing this.
  9. I use a product called Finquel aka MS-222 (Tricaine methanesulfonate). Have tried clove oil. Don't care for it for various reasons. Used clove oil with water in a container and had hard time getting rid of the smell of the clove oil! And it's not much cheaper, and the Finquel seems to go farther. Note: Since my fish are not eaten the use of the above is not an issue.
  10. A pic of a tiger and brook trout male quickly caught out of the pond today, anesthetized, photographed, and released. I think you can agree the astaxathin in the feed is doing a good job of coloring them up. Still too warm to move them to a bigger pond. May finally change later next week.
  11. Ande, My problem is I don't have a functional camera right now. I usually use my wife's iPhone but she's not home during the day. I hope to inherit hers soon if she upgrades!
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. BigDaddy, I've seen that trend here too. 1. Seasons seem stuck and don't change when they normally do. 2. Colder wetter springs.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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!
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. Good to hear from you Gary!
  23. I hope all is well.
  24. 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.