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#484709 - 12/30/17 08:44 AM Re: When do you stop Feeding [Re: mrmallerd]
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Registered: 09/19/14
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Ok guys, you talked me into shutting down the last feeder running today. Dam, did it get this cold last year? I worried last year about losing my TFS but didn't, so now I have to worry about it again? I am beginning to feel like a worry wort!
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#484716 - 12/30/17 10:00 AM Re: When do you stop Feeding [Re: mrmallerd]
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Yes we had a couple days this cold in Dec/Jan last year.
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#484720 - 12/30/17 12:03 PM Re: When do you stop Feeding [Re: mrmallerd]
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Tracy, I log everything that I might need about my pond. It's a hobby and I just enjoy doing it.Last year on New Year Day the air temp at 8am was 60 degrees. Water was 59.5 and I had between 27-30 inch visibility. Seven and eight days later we hit 22 degrees, then 20 degrees.Water temp dropped to record low to 47.5 degrees. 3 days later on 1/11/17 surface temps went back up to 62.75 degrees at 5pm.Never got below 50 degrees again until yesterday when it hit 48.6. I suspect from Sunday thru wendsday I will break all my record lows on the pond!! I'm a true pond stat nerd!! But I enjoy it soooo much!
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#484723 - 12/30/17 01:23 PM Re: When do you stop Feeding [Re: Flame]
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Originally Posted By: Flame
Tracy, I log everything that I might need about my pond. It's a hobby and I just enjoy doing it.Last year on New Year Day the air temp at 8am was 60 degrees. Water was 59.5 and I had between 27-30 inch visibility. Seven and eight days later we hit 22 degrees, then 20 degrees.Water temp dropped to record low to 47.5 degrees. 3 days later on 1/11/17 surface temps went back up to 62.75 degrees at 5pm.Never got below 50 degrees again until yesterday when it hit 48.6. I suspect from Sunday thru wendsday I will break all my record lows on the pond!! I'm a true pond stat nerd!! But I enjoy it soooo much!


Flame that is very cool! One day, when I live closer to my place I would LOVE to start keeping records like that.
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#484724 - 12/30/17 01:49 PM Re: When do you stop Feeding [Re: wbuffetjr]
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Flame come do that for my pond! I'm not to good at record keeping. Now that I'm retired (retarded) don't seem to have time for anything.... lol

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#484725 - 12/30/17 03:04 PM Re: When do you stop Feeding [Re: mrmallerd]
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Pat, that is why I am all the time texting you questions about things. I want to learn. Must have always been a wildlife guy. Even though when I was 18 yrs old I went into mechanics and have made my living in mechanics for a large part of my life and then real estate for almost 20 years...when I first went to college I majored in wildlife management and minored in zoology. Life changed that corse but I believe I am doing now what I always dreamed of doing!! And you guys have taught me a lot!!
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#484820 - 01/02/18 09:33 AM Re: When do you stop Feeding [Re: mrmallerd]
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Ice on the big pond this morning. It looked funny seeing the ringnecks swim around sheets of ice.

As a side effect of stopping feeding, the GBH have disappeared. The cold water has driven my CNBG away from the banks, and the GBH were waiting on the feeders to throw to draw them back in. With the feeders off, there's nothing for the GBH to snipe.
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#484826 - 01/02/18 10:12 AM Re: When do you stop Feeding [Re: mrmallerd]
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Loc: Deep East Texas
I had 2 gbh fighting in the tree tops yesterday.Today I see none. Maybe they took each other out!!! Yea right! Good point Al. Maybe mine will quit pooping on everything now.
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#486192 - 02/16/18 08:17 AM Re: When do you stop Feeding [Re: mrmallerd]
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Weds morning, my big pond was at 47 degrees, and the hatchery pond was at 39.5 degrees. Neither HSB or CNBG ate at the dam feeder, and only smaller CNBG ate at the other big pond feeder. The CNBG in the hatchery pond not only ate, but they ate aggressively. It's worth noting that there is no small(fry to fingerlings) forage in that hatchery pond, and other than pellets, they had no other option for food.

We had a warm wet southerly front hit, and last night at 5, all water temps were just below 57 degrees. Large CNBG were still not eating at the dam feeder, but the HSB ate hand thrown Purina Largemouth pellets very aggressively. The smaller CNBG at the other pond feeder got a one second throw, and CNBG were getting knocked out of the water by LMB. That was the first time this winter LMB have targeted the feeders. The smaller hatchery pond fish ate at summer levels.

With the night time temps starting to warm up around here, it might be a good time to start hand throwing food to get a feel for the daily feeding activity of feed fed fish. At this time of year, results can change daily.
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#486208 - 02/16/18 10:35 AM Re: When do you stop Feeding [Re: mrmallerd]
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Loc: Deep East Texas
My surface temps have been in the low 60s for 3 days in a row now. cnbg feeding like it was 75 degrees!! I am already debating when to turn my aeriation back on but I'm sure Mother Nature probably still has a few surprises up her sleeve. All chance of frost is usually gone by Easter here.
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