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#559043 06/10/23 06:55 AM
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I have done some research and have decided to go with tilapia for weed control. Does anyone have a reputable place to purchase tilapia near kansas. I'm willing to drive if I need to go pick them up. Thanks

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Don't you mean grass carp? Tilapia don't eat a lot of weeds.


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No I meant tilapia. Everything I have read says they will eat algae and most plants. Which is what I need taken care of algae and duckweed.

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Algae, yes. Duckweed ... hmm.


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I agree with Theo. They will eat duckweed in an aquarium or confined situation, but in a pond? I haven't seen that happen.


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In Texas, I have seen tilapia clear out small ponds (1 acre and smaller) of all vegetation. From what I have seen, their advantages are they breed very fast under the right conditions and leave the BG forage base alone. The disadvantages are that they die around 55 degrees, they are somewhat hard to catch (both worms and small shrimp will work), and they are somewhat messy to clean.

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Do you think they will eat the underwater variety of slender spike rush?

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Pat, I have no idea, I'm terrible at plant identification. I'm betting Todd Overton at Overton hatcheries knows, he's my go to man when I buy fish/pond stuff and sells Tilapia too. He has ads in the Pond Boss Magazine, send him an email, He's an A&M grad, I think Lusk is too.

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Originally Posted by Eastland
... they are somewhat messy to clean.
I don't even think about trying to get belly meat off Tilapia. They're all guts down there.


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Originally Posted by Eastland
Pat, I have no idea, I'm terrible at plant identification. I'm betting Todd Overton at Overton hatcheries knows, he's my go to man when I buy fish/pond stuff and sells Tilapia too. He has ads in the Pond Boss Magazine, send him an email, He's an A&M grad, I think Lusk is too.
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I have used Todd for fish since I dug pond 10 years ago, great guy! From what I have gathered nothing eats that stuff or will kill it so I guess I’m stuck with it. On the plus side the grass shrimp are very abundant in it


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