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by Snipe
I wanted to show a piece of my efforts of tank spawning and moving fry from hatch tank to grow out ponds.
esshup, after we talked today I grabbed a small 8' 1/16" mesh net and hit the corners and got about 200 in the 1.5-2" range.
These were placed in a well fertilized grow out 35 days ago, today. The plan was to remove and place in feed training tank at around 35mm. Most were over 1.5" so they grew faster than expected.
May seem trivial but getting to this point is quite exciting to me, with lots of lessons learned here.
All small fingerlings appeared very fat and healthy-acceptably uniform in size, looks like about 45mm in 35 days. If I can have the same success I had training YP this year, I think I can get 50-55mm a month on these.
A lot of blood, time, sweat and tears (money) got me to this point so I'm happy today.
I have 2 grow outs full of SMB fry, 10 days apart. I haven't sampled the younger fry/fingerlings yet.
I should also mention I moved probably 4000-5000 swim-up fry from pond from natural reproduction, so pond #2 will be interesting to see how growth rates differ.

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by azteca


If I stayed near you, with your permission you would see me often.

Thanks for sharing.
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by Sunil
I'm in love....
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by Snipe
Just a teaser pic..

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by Snipe
Originally Posted by azteca

Somes questions please,

Why the fence.
the sides are a small micron poly to allow water flow but no trash or debris. The 1/2" mesh on top keeps smb from flying out. There is a divider to the right that has 1/8" mesh that allows trash/pellets but nothing else. It's movable to force competition for feed depending on number of fish present.

I suppose you have yours genitors inside,
I had breeders both indoors and in spawning pond so I had reproduction on both levels.

Did you use your mat inside or outside.
Mats were used indoors only. TJ's spawning structures are used in pond.

If your genitors are outside in a pond, how do you get your larvae, do you have a trap for the larvae, I will make one next year.
This may sound trivial and a bit low tech, but I watched for males on nests. When a nest was confirmed, I flagged it to watch for fry, when they started showing up, I waited about 6 days for them to be able to sustain in the water column (fins near fully developed), then netted all I could in a 48hr period. I got lucky and had 2 late hatches that I was able to do a second collection 10 days later and again collected everything I could in 2 days.

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by Snipe
Couple other views...

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by Snipe
There's actually enough water volume the building stays about 55 in winter and looks like 82-83 in summer so far.
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by Snipe
Originally Posted by esshup
How often do you grade the SMB to minimize cannibalism?
The fish that don't train go to a std pond setting. If you can make 2-2.25" with the minimum fish, the larger 3-3.5" won't eat them.
The fish in grow outs the first 35 days may be a different story, but I have had no issues once moved inside.
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