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#507868 - 06/20/19 11:38 PM Re: Half acre pond [Re: jpws]
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Registered: 10/26/18
Posts: 581
Loc: NW Kansas
Originally Posted By: jpws
Awesome -its fun to learn more and more.
Ok - last thing,,,,for now. how much to feed, how frequent, and how long does a #50 bag of food last. DO you have feed or have timer set for X seconds?

And do i need "BLuegille pond feed" or "junior pond feed" from Optimal?

i got this feeder.
https://www.amazon.com/Wildgame-Innovations-Profile-Directional-Feeder/dp/B001RDXSXA


I have read that you feed only between 60-90 degrees?


QA has more time with this than I do but I'm feeding Jr. and 3" fish are taking the smaller pieces without issue. I have noted YP to 12" along with YP down to 3", BG of all sizes and surprisingly, I have RES coming to feed. I have a feeling the Jr. is well utilized and is a few % higher in protein that straight BG.
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#507983 - 06/23/19 05:12 PM Re: Half acre pond [Re: jpws]
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Registered: 11/28/17
Posts: 38
Loc: AR
Well, we stocked the pond yesterday.
We ended up going with 300 HBG, 80 RES, 3 Grass carp, and 4lb of FHM.
my 9yo just couldn't stand it, and i couldn't say no.....and, by the time they'd swam across the pond he had a hook in the water. I thought surely he was wasting his time, but it was fun to see. He caught one worm in the flower bed and was determined to try it. He ended up catching 5 on the worm, and ran out of worm and was frustrated....and swiped the head off of a waist high strand of wheat that was all around the pond ( from dove season Last year) next to him and threw it in the water. Fish attacked it.....then his little brain went to work, and he pulled another and used the "husk" ( so to speak) and put it on the hook and caught 6! The Fish Food should arrive Monday or Tuesday.

I didn't call in my order soon enough to order HSB, but will put about 25-30 in as soon as i can get my hands on some.

ALso, with the flash floods today, the rain today raised the water level about a foot. smile



Edited by jpws (06/24/19 09:42 AM)
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.20 acre pond-that leaks/4-5' deep. Stocked 6/22/19 with 300 BG(supposed to be HBG), 100 RES, 3carp. On 8/20 added 300 HBG, + 21 5"HSB. 8/21 added 5 8" SMB, one 10" LMB to try to help control the excess BG. video 8/12 https://vimeo.com/353629233

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#507986 - 06/23/19 05:42 PM Re: Half acre pond [Re: jpws]
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Registered: 01/24/11
Posts: 295
Loc: southwest Colorado
I'm still chuckling 10 minutes after reading your post. That must be one very happy 9 yr old! 60 years ago I was his age; I fondly remember the fish I was catching way back then. Your pond will be a treasure for him.

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#508139 - 06/26/19 06:40 AM Re: Half acre pond [Re: jpws]
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I can't think of a better reason for having a pond than a 9 year old.
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#509081 - 07/18/19 02:14 PM Re: Half acre pond [Re: jpws]
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Registered: 11/28/17
Posts: 38
Loc: AR
Update -

Feeding -
I've been feeding Optimal Jr for a few weeks now, and is going well. I feed by hand about 1/2 cup a day and there are a bunch of waiting mouths when i start to throw. When i step on the pier, i can see them racing to the end...kinda funny actually. They will hit anything....and i've limited by 9yo to catching only 4 per day - with a tiny barbless hook. So far there have been no fish hurt ( that we can tell) and kids is having a blast.

Grass/Moss - it is getting worse. i suppose it is the grass layer on the bottom that is dying and floating up. it is all submerged about 1' under the surface. I suppose i'll have to get in and rake it out.

ANyone suggest any chemical, dye, or other to knock it out? or, regardless would i have to get in and remove the dead moss anyway?

Water Level - we had tons or rain in mid June - the pond is down some 10" or so since then....and...i'd guess has lost 3" or so in the past few weeks. I don't have alot of depth so every inch is valuable.

Hybrid Striped Bass - i've not yet put them in but will do so soon.
given my HBG were 1-3" when i put them in, is there a size HSB that i should NOT exceed now in putting in? i was told by the fish farm that they have all sizes. i don't want them to eat ALL my freshly stocked HBG and RES, so what size HSB should i order? please advise.



Edited by jpws (07/18/19 02:18 PM)
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.20 acre pond-that leaks/4-5' deep. Stocked 6/22/19 with 300 BG(supposed to be HBG), 100 RES, 3carp. On 8/20 added 300 HBG, + 21 5"HSB. 8/21 added 5 8" SMB, one 10" LMB to try to help control the excess BG. video 8/12 https://vimeo.com/353629233

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#509082 - 07/18/19 02:29 PM Re: Half acre pond [Re: jpws]
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Registered: 06/10/16
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Loc: West Central Missouri
Originally Posted By: jpws
given my HBG were 1-3" when i put them in, is there a size HSB that i should NOT exceed now in putting in?


I would stay under 5 inches long and 4" or shorter would be better. IIRC correctly, a 5" long HSB will have a mouth gape of about 1/2". A 1" long panfish can't be much taller that 1/2".
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#509225 - 07/22/19 03:46 PM Re: Half acre pond [Re: jpws]
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Registered: 11/28/17
Posts: 38
Loc: AR
Also FYI on a weekend project to improve water runoff.
we dug a "trench" so to speak on a down hill section that should catch 3-4 acres of runoff, and hopefully make it down the pond. I rented a laser level, and dropped it gradually for 300' or so. now it probably wont rain until February....but it's better late than never.








Edited by jpws (07/22/19 03:50 PM)
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.20 acre pond-that leaks/4-5' deep. Stocked 6/22/19 with 300 BG(supposed to be HBG), 100 RES, 3carp. On 8/20 added 300 HBG, + 21 5"HSB. 8/21 added 5 8" SMB, one 10" LMB to try to help control the excess BG. video 8/12 https://vimeo.com/353629233

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