Cecil

Trout eggs are hatching!

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9 hours ago, Valodja said:

cecil,

 

how are your trouts thisdays? Growing i presume? What size (grams), are they now? Did u had some troubles with some illness to the fish?

 

 

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! 

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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. 

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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.) 

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Hi Cecil

 

On 19.3.2017 at 4:22 PM, Cecil said:

 She is out of town right now due to the passing of my mother-in-law. 

My condolances to you both

cheers

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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. 

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