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#131885 - 09/08/08 09:29 PM Grass eating fish
Rodger B Offline
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Registered: 09/08/08
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Loc: Maryland
I am interested in stocking my ponds with some sort of grass eating fish. Grass carps are illegal in the state of Maryland, is there another alternative? I have large mouth bass and bluegills, sunfish. Each pond is about an acre. with the deepest about 8 feet. No aeration is used as there is a steady flow of water in and out of ponds.
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#131894 - 09/08/08 09:49 PM Re: Grass eating fish [Re: Rodger B]
Theo Gallus Offline
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Welcome to the forum, Rodger B.

Do you know what all kinds of aquatic vegetation you would like to have eaten?
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#131901 - 09/08/08 10:04 PM Re: Grass eating fish [Re: Theo Gallus]
Rodger B Offline
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Registered: 09/08/08
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Loc: Maryland
As you may guess I am new to this business. I have had the ponds for about 20 years, haven't done anything except stock when they were constructed. I haven't used any chemicals, I do use barley straw. Identiying the underwater vegetation has been difficult, doing it myself. I probably could use an expert. So basically the answer to your question is I don't know.
Rodger

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#131904 - 09/08/08 10:11 PM Re: Grass eating fish [Re: Rodger B]
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Pictures?
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#131906 - 09/08/08 10:20 PM Re: Grass eating fish [Re: Theo Gallus]
Rodger B Offline
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Registered: 09/08/08
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Loc: Maryland
I just found a website Aquaplant Universitey of Texas, which had some apparently good identification. So I'll try to identify and will get back on the forum when I can talk with more knowledge.
Thanks, Rodger

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#132175 - 09/11/08 02:48 PM Re: Grass eating fish [Re: Rodger B]
Ric Swaim Offline
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Registered: 04/24/03
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NC State U says red bellied tilapia are used:
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Occasionally, the blue tilapia (Tilapia aurea) has been used to control algae, and the redbelly tilapia (Tilapia zillii) has been used to control aquatic macrophytes (coarser vegetation) in North Carolina.


http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/nreos/wild/fisheries/weed_mgt/grasscarp/bio_control.html
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