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#461572 - 01/06/17 04:29 PM Re: Sportsman's Choice TrophyFish Feed [Re: John F]
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With the growth rates of your CC I can imagine. Any idea on a # per acre basis?

I was not going to feed fish at all. My fish supplier told me even if I only fed a modest amount it would really increase the BG rate of growth. About then I discovered PBF and got more interested. First year I fed modest amounts. Second year with bigger, hungry fish I got up to around the 4 to 5# per acre amount. Then I started getting worried about water quality and FA more and this last year was more around 3# per acre. I think I am good with that level for the time being. I'm not particularly after trophies and we are at the point we already have way more fish than we can eat.

So for me it is just more of a pleasurable activity rather than a goal of a huge fish or many pounds of total fish. I like lots of nice size fish that are fun for family and friends to catch.
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#461573 - 01/06/17 05:01 PM Re: Sportsman's Choice TrophyFish Feed [Re: Dinsmoreoutdoors]
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It would work out to about 10-12 pounds per acre per day. I was feeding about 70 catfish, and however many BG that would try to compete with them. I mixed about four parts Optimal BG to five parts 32% catfish pellets for most of the growing season. I will need to dress out a bunch of CC before summer. I plan to feed about two to three weeks in the spring to fatten them up, then start catching more of them out. Hopefully, catch about forty or more. About fourteen are albinos, going to keep feeding those all summer.

Likely I didn't have water quality problems last summer because of the leak of about 5/8 inch per day, and all the rain and pumping to keep the pond to a near constant level within 12 inches or less of full and 1/4 acre in area. After the pond dropped a lot, the water was already getting cool into fall, and feeding was being cut back.
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#461575 - 01/06/17 07:32 PM Re: Sportsman's Choice TrophyFish Feed [Re: Dinsmoreoutdoors]
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Looks like there are actually several what are considered "higher quality" fish chow brands on the market. How big a factor is the shape of the pellet when selecting a chow to feed your pond? My experience is my small 2 inch BG can eat a much larger pellet (in my case Optimal BG Jr), by mass, that is a small diameter and cylindrical than they can a round pellet (in my case Sportman's Choice) of equal diameter. I am amazed at how long a cylindrical pellet they can eat if they can get the end in their mouths. Is one shape more tantalizing to the fish? Is there any advantage/disadvantage to feeding a fish one long skinny pellet instead of 2 or 3 round ones? Is there any science involved in the shape or is it all ease of manufacture for that particular mill?


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#461583 - 01/07/17 06:49 AM Re: Sportsman's Choice TrophyFish Feed [Re: Dinsmoreoutdoors]
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I believe if you will hydrate the pellets, the fish of just about all sizes can handle them better. Of course, you can't do that with a feeder.
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#461585 - 01/07/17 07:53 AM Re: Sportsman's Choice TrophyFish Feed [Re: Bill D.]
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Bill D I cant answer your question but the main advantage for smaller fish when there are larger fish around is that with the pellets small enough to fit in their mouth they actually get some before the larger fish clean it up.

After originally stocking my fish all the feed I knew about or was availavle locally was catfish pellets. Way too big for my fish but they would work at the pellets till they softened up and eventually get them eaten. Now with the large fish that have grown up competing with any small fish, the small ones don't stand a chance. I can see them hit the hard pellet then watch a larger fish gobble it up. Which goes along with what Dave says. Once the pellets are hydrated the small fish can get away with a mouth full before the pellet disappears into a big fish mouth.

With feed that has multiple pellet sizes, the larger fish will target the larger pellets as long as there are any. Then turn their attention to any remaining small pellets.

The AM 400 I have fed I would throw very close to the bank where the small BG hang out, as I threw the regular feed out in deep water. I normally feed moving along the bank. If I would stop in one spot to feed and observe for a while, the CC would go after the big pellets but if I fed enough of the tiny 400 they eventually would be right up there in shallow water cleaning up what the 3" BG had not got to. Funny seeing 2# CC hoovering up all the BB size pellets they could try to capture in their mouths at once. The CC loved that AM400.

I would think fusiform feed pellets should have the same effect as fusiform forage fish ie the targeted fish could eat a larger pellet. But that is just in my minds eye, no research at all.


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#463545 - 02/09/17 12:31 PM Re: Sportsman's Choice TrophyFish Feed [Re: snrub]
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I think if a person wanted to dive into feeding fish, a whole book could be written on it, and by the time they are finished writing the book, it would have to be changed because of the new things that are being developed or discovered.

Cliff notes:
Small fish need a different protein/fat/supplement additive than adult fish.

There is a huge difference between supplementally feeding fish and using enough food that the fish food is the majority or all of their diet.

Different species of fish have different nutritional requirements.

Here is a picture of Hybrid Bluegills. I did a test 2 years ago. Same number of HBG in 3 different cages. All fish came from the same supplier, and were of the same random size when placed in the cages at the start of the test. Each cage was fed the same amount of food, at the same time of day, for the same amount of time. This test was a 90 day test. This test is the reason why I switched to Optimal.


The write up of the test can be read here: http://forums.pondboss.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=423360#Post423360

Plus here are a few things that I learned and observed in the past 2 years since switching to Optimal:

Ponds have less problems with FA. (I am guessing that more of the food is being utilized/absorbed by the fish and less is getting pooped out as fertilizer for FA/Plants.)

Fish survive stress better. (I observed a summer fish kill at a hatchery where they were doing a fish food test with fish in cages. The cages where the fish were being fed Optimal had approximately 80%-90% LESS dead fish in them than all the other cages, and IIRC they were testing 3 or 4 different mfg. foods in addition to Optimal.)

Fish fed Optimal seem to have more vibrant colors.

Redear Sunfish eat Optimal Bluegill food and I have also been told that Crappie have been caught in one pond with Optimal Bluegill food in their stomachs.

Another forum member here who has done a lot of fish feeding noticed that to get equal growth rates of sunfish he had to feed 60# of Aquamax vs. 40# of Optimal Bluegill food.

I am probably forgetting some things, but that has been my observations.
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#464045 - 02/14/17 07:34 PM Re: Sportsman's Choice TrophyFish Feed [Re: TGW1]
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Originally Posted By: TGW1
Thank you ewest and you too Bill Cody. That's a lot of good information. Its cold here in E Texas today and we may see a little snow, so I am hanging in today and with little to do, so I will ask and tell my experience with fish food for my pond. First, I have not seen Cargill Triton 4512 mentioned here as another option when it comes to feeding my cnbg fhm, and hsb. Twenty six months ago I was introduced to the 4512 by Todd Overton @ Overtons Fisheries. I have tried two other brands, 4 bags of Purina(free from my seed and feed guy) and one bag of Optimal from a friend I made here. We did a trade when he felt like he needed a smaller sized product at the time and the 1/8" Cargill fit his need. My fish did not take to the Purina and I saw a lot of it floating around with little to no interest from the fish. And that was weird because my cnbg would tear the water up when feeding on the Cargill. The Optimal, my fish took right to it and left nothing floating around, same as the Cargill feed. So, I continued some looking around and have yet to find a reason to change feed. The Triton is 45% protein with 15% fat. And based on the growth rates ewest posted here, it seems to me the Cargill feed is at or near the top percentile when growing fish. A while back, I looked to see if Cargill was using fish meal and I did not find an answer. I did find where the company was trying to get away from fish meal because it was a dwindling natural resource, but today the 4512 fish food I get still has that fish smell when the feeders go off. I am not sure if it is meal or fish oil that gives off that fishy smell. Fish meal is not listed on the bag as an ingredient. I will also speak of the prices from Overtons/Cargill. I believe the price for 50 sks (Pallet or pallets) delivered is around $43.00 per 50 lb sk, which included the transportation. My last order was two pallets and so the cost may have changed since then, it was several months back. I can also say I have used the 1/8" and the 3/16" and the 1/4" sizes. I found what I believe was a problem with the 3/16" and that was choking and killing some of my 3 to 4" sized cnbg. I saw that happen at the time I was feeding. I was losing 4 to 6 cnbg in that size range and it took me several days to figure out what was killing these sized fish. I will continue to use the Cargill from Overtons unless I can find a reason to change. And my cnbg are getting big, I caught the largest bg I have ever caught in my life the other day I think it was close to 10 to 11" and this was most likely from my original stocking 26 months ago. I still have questions about the fish meal or where the high protein, amino acid and fat content comes from?



Tracy,
That's what I'm feeding. I can't see it float though.
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#464080 - 02/15/17 08:07 AM Re: Sportsman's Choice TrophyFish Feed [Re: Dinsmoreoutdoors]
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Farmall, I am no fish food expert, but my Cargills floats, always has. Are u feeding the Triton 4512?
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#464085 - 02/15/17 08:42 AM Re: Sportsman's Choice TrophyFish Feed [Re: Dinsmoreoutdoors]
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Farmall, use caution when you see protein amounts that aren't explained. Chicken feathers are high protein but indigestible by fish. And, I'm aware of a feed that is produced in North Texas that is just too cheap. I suspect feathers but they declined to tell me what it contains.

I expect Cargill is OK but I've never used it.
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#464086 - 02/15/17 09:07 AM Re: Sportsman's Choice TrophyFish Feed [Re: TGW1]
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Originally Posted By: TGW1
Farmall, I am no fish food expert, but my Cargills floats, always has. Are u feeding the Triton 4512?


Tracy,

My apologies. You are absolutely correct. Mine does float. I put some in a glass of water and it's been floating for several minutes now . It's getting close to dark when I feed, so it just looks like it disappears in the water.



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#464087 - 02/15/17 09:13 AM Re: Sportsman's Choice TrophyFish Feed [Re: Dave Davidson1]
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Originally Posted By: Dave Davidson1
Farmall, use caution when you see protein amounts that aren't explained. Chicken feathers are high protein but indigestible by fish. And, I'm aware of a feed that is produced in North Texas that is just too cheap. I suspect feathers but they declined to tell me what it contains.

I expect Cargill is OK but I've never used it.



Thanks Dave. I'll have to look on the tag to see what's in it. Me and the wife are used to checking the labels for our dogs, but it never occurred to me to check the fish food. It makes sense though. I'm sure it's good food though.
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#464096 - 02/15/17 10:35 AM Re: Sportsman's Choice TrophyFish Feed [Re: Dinsmoreoutdoors]
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farmallsc, I like Tracy have used Cargill from day one and all fish are growing great! I mix 1/8 and 3/16 size together and have never had a problem. I will note: When I did use the 1/4 inch size in my TH feeder it did not distribute near as well. I know you can adjust the feeder but I chose not to. Don't get me wrong... the fish loved the 1/4 food also and it all floats well but I only feed my fish the 1/8 and 3/16th size and am very pleased with the results. Am using the 4512 also. Just my opinion. That is the feed Overton's use and they are my fish supplier and have had tremendous success with my fish!
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#464100 - 02/15/17 10:54 AM Re: Sportsman's Choice TrophyFish Feed [Re: Flame]
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farmallsc, I like Tracy have used Cargill from day one and all fish are growing great! I mix 1/8 and 3/16 size together and have never had a problem. I will note: When I did use the 1/4 inch size in my TH feeder it did not distribute near as well. I know you can adjust the feeder but I chose not to. Don't get me wrong... the fish loved the 1/4 food also and it all floats well but I only feed my fish the 1/8 and 3/16th size and am very pleased with the results. Am using the 4512 also. Just my opinion. That is the feed Overton's use and they are my fish supplier and have had tremendous success with my fish!


That's great to hear. I bought my fish and food from Overton's too. I'm very pleased with my purchase. Todd and his staff have been a huge help to me.
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