The YP I originally purchased from Rex (Rainman) five years ago were all feed trained. All offspring have remained feed trained. I recently cleaned 8 nice sized YP all caught at the north end of our pond (feeder and sunken cedar trees are all at south end). It’s only a 1ac pond, but when cleaning the fish, I was surprised to see the Optima BG feed in every one. I didn’t think they traveled around the pond that much.
6 yr old pond, 1 ac, 15' deep. RES, YP, GS, FHM (no longer), HBG (way too many), SMB, and HSB (didn’t make it. 0 seen in 5 yrs) I think that's about all I should put in my little pond.
After about 1 month the fry now stand together they have about 3/4 to 1 inch.
I would like to make a video, but you will see hundreds of tadpoles attract by the light an the food, but for the work they do I am ready to let them take some food from the fry, my pond is free to filamentous algae and clean.
I can't wait to see when the Yellow perch fry will start to spin under the light if the tadpoles will stay there.
There is only about 2 feet of water and with the temperature of 35c-36c I keep about 3/4 of the pond in full shade, otherwise the water would become too hot and I would have a profusion of filamentous algae, there is no more tadpole to eat the algae.
Since about 3 weeks the small perch start to turn around the light at a good speed they are conditioned.
azteca - I am thinking the smallness and shallow nature of your fry-fingerling pond works to your benefit in that it helps promote the good success that you have in feed training the perch. Fish are more concentrated and more likely to find the initial food offering. Good work there.
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