Catfish and Flathead Minnows

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by RoyalT, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. RoyalT

    RoyalT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone stock their pond with these?

    I want to expand my Yak's pond to 4 ft deep (max, more shallow on sides for the yaks to walk in/out) and about 1/4 acre surface area, probably 1/8th acre will be 4ft deep in a line down the middle. I read 1500 catfish per surface acre on the deep ponds, so I'm thinking 100 or so. Then a bunch of Flathead minnows for foraging.

    Anyone have sage advice?
     
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  2. ScottnLydia

    ScottnLydia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm certainly no expert (and not a sage either), but 100 sure seems low for 1/4 acre pond! Based on your own figures of 1500 per acre, I'd say 350 to 375 would be more appropriate.

    Of course, I've only looked into them as a 'crop' for aquaponics, not a farm pond. I don't even know what you want to get out of the stocking.
     
  3. RoyalT

    RoyalT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well the 1500 is for deep ponds... this will only be a few feet deep, so I don't want to have overpopulation issues before they're big enough to eat... and we don't want to be eating fish every day. Just the occasional treat. Figure we could have a nice fish fry for the neighbors :) Mostly just want the fish to make the pond more useful for us. I'll have to research more...

    Thanks for your input, ScottnLydia!
     
  4. ScottnLydia

    ScottnLydia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I guess you wouldn'y want the little buggers nibblin' on no yak toes, would ya! [​IMG]
     
  5. RoyalT

    RoyalT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, I don't think the yaks would enjoy it too much, and they do like to stand in the pond when it's hot!
     

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