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#493812 - 07/16/18 05:34 PM Is this possible? Tilipia FA control.
Mal Offline


Registered: 09/23/17
Posts: 26
Loc: SW Virginia
My 1.3 acre, shallow pond had a bit of a FA problem. It hadnít gotten really bad and was somewhat controlled by physical removal.

I decided to try Tilipia.

Initially I stocked 85 fingerlings 1/2 inch or less. Suggested rate for FA control was 1000 per acre. A month later I stocked another 110.

In less than a month, I could see and hear something eating the FA. I stocked BG and LMB the previous fall and Interrupting the FA feast were occasional swirls that, I assume were my little bass eating the tiny tilipia.

Bottom line, though, is that I no longer have an FA problem. I see a little around brush or at the very edges, along with a little duckweed but it is well controlled. I donít see it being eaten any more but I assume thatís what is controlling it.

I realize the tilipia will die off this fall. I want to try this again next year but think the near $1 each tilipia will simply be expensive fish food. I wish I had a reasonably priced source of tilipia large enough not to be eaten by 6 inch or so bass.

Is it possible that just under 200 tilipia initially 1/2 inch or less, under constant attack by LMB could actually control FA and duckweed on a 1.3 acre pond?


Edited by Mal (07/16/18 05:44 PM)
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1.3 A renovation summer 2017, SW VA, 2000' elevation, Shallow, Spring Fed, Little Watershed, Stock Fall '17 with LMB, BG, RESF, FHM, indigenous, Triploid Grass Carp, Israeli Carp, GSH

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#493813 - 07/16/18 05:48 PM Re: Is this possible? Tilipia FA control. [Re: Mal]
Clay N' Pray Offline


Registered: 12/03/17
Posts: 194
Loc: Caswell co NC
Tilapia farms (meat) usually sell live fish by the pound. That might be an option.
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LMB, CC, SC, BG, HBC, two no account welfare carp and nine seasonal Tilapia that all the other fish are terrified of.


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#493815 - 07/16/18 07:51 PM Re: Is this possible? Tilipia FA control. [Re: Clay N' Pray]
Mal Offline


Registered: 09/23/17
Posts: 26
Loc: SW Virginia
Big one in Martinsville VA. I practically begged them to sell me some. They said they only sell them by the trailer truck load. Iím going to go by there before next Spring.

I still can hardly believe thatís what cleared it up.

Good lookin bass your kissin there!


Edited by Mal (07/16/18 07:52 PM)
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1.3 A renovation summer 2017, SW VA, 2000' elevation, Shallow, Spring Fed, Little Watershed, Stock Fall '17 with LMB, BG, RESF, FHM, indigenous, Triploid Grass Carp, Israeli Carp, GSH

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#498642 - 11/12/18 10:35 AM Re: Is this possible? Tilipia FA control. [Re: Mal]
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Registered: 09/23/17
Posts: 26
Loc: SW Virginia
Judging from the growth of a fish I just found near the bank, I suspect that the Tilipia did indeed control the FA and duck weed.

At the risk of providing expensive food for my year old LMB, I think I'll do it again next year.

Not smart enough to attach the picture but the fish is 11 inches long. There has also been a well fed Great Blue Heron hanging around that I expect has been gorging on cold stunned Tilipia.


Edited by Mal (11/12/18 10:42 AM)
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#498646 - 11/12/18 12:54 PM Re: Is this possible? Tilipia FA control. [Re: Mal]
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Tilapia have been shown to help control FA. I have not seen any data on DW being controlled/eaten by Tilapia. Keep an eye on the DW as it can rapidly become a problem.
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