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Clayn

Spring Fish Grow Out Project

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My plan consists of two 275 gallon totes elevated on concrete blocks. Use one tote per day alternating days to avoid the use of chemicals to remove chlorine. Alternating days with the vat will also allow the water to warm up as needed. One 300 gallon grow out vat stocked with coppernose bluegill. The grow out vat will have two large sponge filters to keep the water oxygenated and provide mechanical and biological filtration. I can't decide whether to do a center drain with a small pump on the perimeter to keep waste moving towards the drain or simply siphon out the waste weekly. The drain will run to irrigation piping and will be used to water some fruit trees. The goal is to stock fingerlings at the first of March and harvest in late November. I make my own fish food that contains roughly 44% protein and 16% fat consisting of whole menhaden meal, menhaden oil, wheat flour, spirulina to boost the fish's auto immune system, kelp, paprika and cayenne pepper.

General thoughts on how well this will work?

How many coppernose bluegill can I stock and how much growth can I expect in nine months?

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