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#492177 - 06/19/18 11:17 AM Re: Aquamax vs Game Fish Chow [Re: John Fitzgerald]
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Registered: 03/08/05
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Originally Posted By: John Fitzgerald
If you guys say CC pellets have little or no effect on BG growth, then I am going to cease feeding.

We can't keep CC over winter in this neighborhood as nocturnal otters get them.

John catfish pellets will most certainly help BG and are much better than nothing at all.

#496603 - 09/20/18 12:05 AM Re: Aquamax vs Game Fish Chow [Re: Mike Whatley]
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Registered: 05/10/12
Posts: 16
Loc: Texas
Post after post the last several years concerning problems with local suppliers. I was in the retail business for several years and if I had a customer that wanted a one-eyed donkey, I'd bust my butt to fill his order. Something just does not make sense because when I start feeding in the Spring, my feed store manager and I go to his office and he pulls out the Purina order sheet and we look at what is available to him THIS YEAR. My order goes on the sheet and the cycle begins. If I beat the deadline, it is on the next truck...if I'm late, the following week. Sometimes the warehouse has supply problems with slow-moving items but I keep a stash in case that happens. Nothing that my supplier can do about that. I'm not a big account...just a customer! As I said...something about this just does not make sense.

#496611 - 09/20/18 08:02 AM Re: Aquamax vs Game Fish Chow [Re: Mike Whatley]
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Registered: 01/04/06
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Loc: Hurst & Bowie, Texas
Fish feed is a pretty small industry compared to other feeds. The demand just isnít there when compared to livestock and chickens. But, there are some good ones. I like Optimax, Al Hall uses Cargill and Lusk uses Purina. Iíve fished their places and all of us raise huge bluegills. I wouldnít hesitate to use any of them.

Iíve never had good results from TSC feed but figure itís better than nothing.
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#496613 - 09/20/18 09:49 AM Re: Aquamax vs Game Fish Chow [Re: Dave Davidson1]
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Registered: 10/05/13
Posts: 5355
Loc: SE Kansas
Fortunately for me one local Purena dealer decided to stock Aquamax MVP. So now I can go up to the store and get what I need any time I need it. As long as they are willing to do that I want to patronize them. Plus the AM MVP at $42 a 50# bag is just more competitive priced than having feed shipped through the UPS. They also have bags of Game Chow and Catfish Chow but I do not use either of those (unless I have to).

I also feed a fair amount of Optimal but the AM MVP is definitely my core feed program. What I like about the Optimal is I can order small amounts and have it on my doorstep. If I order anything a little weird from Purena, like starter or AM400 or some other feed that no one else uses in the area, I might get it, might not, might be a month later. It is so unpredictable. So right now I have some Optimal Starter 4 I am feeding the recent YOY BG along the shore line, some BG - BG JR - Bass that I mix up and feed my SMB/RES pond with and some Optimal Hand Toss I try to entice my LMB but the biggest HBG and CC end up eating 99%. So the Optimal is very handy to get small orders of anything out of the ordinary that any local feed dealer would be crazy to try and stock (because most of it probably would sit and rot on their shelves).

So in the end I feed probably 75% Purena and 25% Optimal.

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#496664 - 09/21/18 08:21 AM Re: Aquamax vs Game Fish Chow [Re: Mike Whatley]
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Registered: 09/19/14
Posts: 2615
Loc: Harrison Co. Texas
For 3 yrs I bought Cargills and had it shipped directly to the farm. I usually bought around 40 sks at a time of mixed size's. I had problems with mice, they loved that stuff. But a few months back I made a deal with my seed and feed store guy, where he stocks Aquamax lmb and MVP for me. I no longer have mice problems. And snrub I pay $42 plus change for the MVP also. $44 plus some change for the LMB food. I have purchased Optimal once in the past but from now on I will just stay with the Purina as long as it's easy to get.

Edited by TGW1 (09/21/18 08:23 AM)
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