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by Snipe
I've been watching my BG and RES as the spawning season progresses and the last 2 days I noticed a couple of large Tilapia have taken up residence in the BG/RES spawning dishes.
I talked to Cody briefly about this and am going to try and get some pics tomorrow (today) and post.
I've set and watched a large male fight with male BG on the nest and quickly fan out the nest after pushing the BG out. These are not small BG, I'd say 10-13" males.
I see several Tilapia now slowly cruising over the beds and it looks to me as though the TP have pushed all but about 4-5 out. Not sure that I am happy with this..
I'll do my best to get some good pics of these.
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by Snipe
Best I can do.. Can only find 2 BG remaining and Tilapia almost in a timely fashion, cruise through to make sure nothing is around..

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by jludwig
I asked Bob about this in Facebook Live last night. He said while tilapia may take over some BG nests, tilapia do not seem to limit BG spawning.
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by Snipe
This is the 3rd year I've had them Tim, and every batch acts different. Normally, I catch some advanced fry in the fall and keep them in aquarium over winter, generally 3-5" by the time I can get them out. This year I ran across some adults I went and picked up, these are quite a bit bigger than what I normally grow-probably 8-14" so I may have started the problem without even realizing what I had done.
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by FireIsHot
The RW of my LMB was always higher after electroshocking/tilapia years. The CNBG fingerlings the next spring were more abundant also. I stocked tilapia once, and told T Overton that my only requirement was that the tilapia couldn't be eaten. He met that, but the number of tilapia was very low because of their size. I don't think they would be enough to damage the CNBG beds.
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