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#490431 - 05/21/18 05:35 PM Stocking mini pond
matija Offline


Registered: 02/03/18
Posts: 56
Loc: Montenegro
How much bullhead catfish,pumkinseed sunfish and largemouth bass thats 15 meters long and 10 meters wide

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#490464 - 05/22/18 05:32 PM Re: Stocking mini pond [Re: matija]
matija Offline


Registered: 02/03/18
Posts: 56
Loc: Montenegro
Seriosly nobody

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#490465 - 05/22/18 05:34 PM Re: Stocking mini pond [Re: matija]
Pat Williamson Offline


Registered: 08/08/14
Posts: 2381
Loc: Oakwood,Texas
Heck play it by ear, add a few and see what happens then adjust numbers as necessary, thatís what I do in a 5ac. Pond.... lol

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#490475 - 05/22/18 08:06 PM Re: Stocking mini pond [Re: matija]
snrub Offline


Registered: 10/05/13
Posts: 5164
Loc: SE Kansas
Not too many people stock BH so that is a fish that likely there are not a lot of established guidelines. PS is mostly in the northern states so people like me in Kansas and south have no experience so that lowers the number of people with experience to respond.

That is a pretty small pond to raise LMB. About 1/27th acre? You can raise LMB in that size pond but you are either going to have quite a few small ones or very few large ones. A pond that size will have limited carrying capacity and that capacity will be divided by the species introduced.

It would help if we knew the goals for your pond. Are you raising the fish for food or sport fishing? If you are looking to grow large LMB you are going to be able to only have a few.

Let us know what you are trying to accomplish and I think some of the experts (which I an not) may be able to better help.

How deep is it? Will you be using aeration? Feeding commercial fish food? All of these will affect the carrying capacity of the pond.


Edited by snrub (05/22/18 08:08 PM)
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#490495 - 05/23/18 04:05 AM Re: Stocking mini pond [Re: snrub]
matija Offline


Registered: 02/03/18
Posts: 56
Loc: Montenegro
i want pond on which i can go fishing and sometimes bringout the fish for grill nothing else,only thing thats problem is that i really need this fish to breed because i need to travel maybe 14 hours to take new fish

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#490527 - 05/23/18 10:08 AM Re: Stocking mini pond [Re: matija]
jpsdad Offline


Registered: 05/20/18
Posts: 152
Loc: Texas
Hello Matija,

Been noticing alot of your posts and see you are getting mixture of sarcasm as well as bonafide attempts to help you out. I'm not an expert but what I can tell you is that without feed your pond will probably only support about 10 1bs of fish. If you want a LMB-BG predator prey setup you will only be able to harvest the prey fish and only maybe about 2.5 lbs of them. Here is a hypothetical. Let's say your pond will support 270 lbs/acre. The fish biomass would be ~10 lbs of which about 2.5 lbs let's say is Largemouth Bass. To reproduce you will need two fish at 1.25 lbs which is about the weight they can successfully reproduce. You simply cannot harvest predators in a pond that size. If you use bluegill, it will take a minimum of 3 years to your first harvest and you will be limited to about 2.5 lbs of them annually.

If you are serious about growing some food, you will be best served with put and take. If you do that, then you could potentially harvest the full production each year particularly if you can seine or drain the pond.

I recommend that you seek information about what is cultured locally. You might check if those species are also cultured here in the US by doing a search on "SRAC". They have very useful information on fish culture. You live near the Mediteranean Sea? That's not far from the Sea of Galilee which is where blue tilapia are native. They feed at a lower trophic level than bluegill and your pond would support a greater weight of them. If they are also cultured in your locale you could source them locally. In a pond that size you could easily grow 40 lbs of tilapia with supplemental feed and without aeration and maybe 20 lbs without feed. You would only need to stock 20 to 40 males each year and might be able to culture your replacements each year from an indoor culture set up.

I'm sorry but this is best I can do with my limited knowledge. If this raises further questions, please do not reply to this post but use your accounts PM feature where we might discuss it offline.


Edited by jpsdad (05/23/18 10:20 AM)

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#490530 - 05/23/18 10:28 AM Re: Stocking mini pond [Re: jpsdad]
matija Offline


Registered: 02/03/18
Posts: 56
Loc: Montenegro
Then how big pond i need for maybe 10-5 lmb

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#490531 - 05/23/18 10:31 AM Re: Stocking mini pond [Re: matija]
jpsdad Offline


Registered: 05/20/18
Posts: 152
Loc: Texas
No apologies matija ... I am not biting.

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#490533 - 05/23/18 10:56 AM Re: Stocking mini pond [Re: jpsdad]
matija Offline


Registered: 02/03/18
Posts: 56
Loc: Montenegro
I calculated maybe 4 ares.20 by 20 meters

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