Pond Boss Magazine
http://www.pondboss.com/images/userfiles/image/20130301193901_6_150by50orangewhyshouldsubscribejpeg.jpg
Advertisment
Newest Members
Sledgehammer, Tiger4n, Chris22, WDD, GeorgeP
15033 Registered Users
Forum Stats
15034 Members
36 Forums
34788 Topics
475671 Posts

Max Online: 1039 @ 03/28/13 02:44 PM
Top Posters
esshup 24001
Cecil Baird1 20043
ewest 18948
Dave Davidson1 13088
Theo Gallus 12332
Who's Online
7 registered (snrub, dreams of ponds, azteca, highflyer, Bocomo, Sledgehammer, cosmic_counselor), 97 Guests and 402 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Topic Options
#469865 - 04/18/17 08:59 PM 250 gal food grade tanks to raise FHM for forage?
LarryHale Offline


Registered: 01/08/15
Posts: 117
Loc: SC
I'd like to try raising fhm as forage for my 1/3 acre pond. I have two 250 gallon food grade tanks that I picked up for next to nothing and would like to use them for this purpose if possible. Has anyone heard of anybody doing this previously? If not, what are your thoughts?
_________________________




I Was Born Without Gills, Therefore I Fish!

Top
#469930 - 04/19/17 09:08 PM Re: 250 gal food grade tanks to raise FHM for forage? [Re: LarryHale]
esshup Offline
Moderator
Ambassador
Field Correspondent

Lunker

Registered: 01/26/09
Posts: 24001
Loc: Grovertown, Indiana
I don't see why not as long as you keep the water quality good and provide the proper spawning habitat for them.
_________________________
www.hoosierpondpros.com


http://www.pondboss.com/subscribe.asp?c=4
3/4 to 1 1/4 ac pond LMB, SMB, PS, BG, RES, CC, YP, Bardello BG, (RBT & Blue Tilapia - seasonal).

Top
#469938 - 04/19/17 09:35 PM Re: 250 gal food grade tanks to raise FHM for forage? [Re: LarryHale]
ewest Offline
Moderator
Hall of Fame 2014

Lunker

Registered: 03/08/05
Posts: 18948
Loc: Miss.
I can work but will require work and knowledge of FH life cycle.
_________________________















Top
#469942 - 04/19/17 10:01 PM Re: 250 gal food grade tanks to raise FHM for forage? [Re: LarryHale]
John Fitzgerald Offline


Registered: 10/27/15
Posts: 1554
Loc: S. end of Elkins, Arkansas
Originally Posted By: LarryHale
I'd like to try raising fhm as forage for my 1/3 acre pond. I have two 250 gallon food grade tanks that I picked up for next to nothing and would like to use them for this purpose if possible. Has anyone heard of anybody doing this previously? If not, what are your thoughts?


Not to rain on your parade, but:
I have tried raising FHM in a small, 40 ft x 50 ft four foot deep pond. It's hard to raise enough forage in there for even a 1/4 acre pond, but I have managed to raise enough to stock another 1/4 acre pond that does not have predators yet. A 250 gallon tank could not raise enough to feed even a medium sized bass, IMO. My "minnow pond" likely contains at least two to three thousand FHM, I estimate, many of them only half grown. It's been stocked for a little over 13 months. Initial stocking was about 3.5 pounds of FHM.
_________________________

Top
#469980 - 04/20/17 01:03 PM Re: 250 gal food grade tanks to raise FHM for forage? [Re: LarryHale]
LarryHale Offline


Registered: 01/08/15
Posts: 117
Loc: SC
Thanks for the reality check, John. I'm getting ready to introduce 50 6-9 inch YP and 10 HSB to the existing 2 yr old HGB & FHM population and wanted to ensure that there was enough forage in the future. I do supplemental feeding with a mix of Optimal BG and BG jr., so hopefully the new species in the pond will pellet feed also. In the meantime, I'll put more FHM nesting areas out ( 2' sections of 3/4", 1", and 1 1/4" pvc pipes bundled horizontally in 3' of water).
_________________________




I Was Born Without Gills, Therefore I Fish!

Top

Today's Birthdays
1313, rcooked
Recent Posts
Building new forage mini pond
by snrub
8 minutes 6 seconds ago
Known Hybrids Based on Pumpkinseed Dam
by snrub
Yesterday at 11:55 PM
RESxGSF hybrid
by snrub
Yesterday at 11:35 PM
Ken's Fish Hatchery -Absolute Auction
by Sunil
Yesterday at 09:52 PM
Tranquility Base "Mini-Pond" Project (image heavy)
by KapHn8d
Yesterday at 09:20 PM
Jeremiah Bullfrog lives!
by SetterGuy
Yesterday at 09:01 PM
Feeder Creek Sediment Control
by snrub
Yesterday at 07:52 PM
Cement the soil or install liner......
by fish n chips
Yesterday at 07:35 PM
Restoring a bluegill pond
by KapHn8d
Yesterday at 07:06 PM
Carlson Clearwater Fish Farms Auction - Wayne, Ne
by KapHn8d
Yesterday at 07:04 PM
Newly Uploaded Images
Sand Quarry
Cactus Blum Ranch proposed pond
Cactus Blum Ranch proposed pond
Cracked Valve Housing
Indoor Dwarf Sagittaria tank.
#MAFA

2014 POND BOSS INC. all rights reserved USA and Worldwide