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#1 littlen

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Posted 26 November 2019 - 09:36 AM

In the interest of stirring forum conversation during the slower months of the year....

Those of you who move fish outdoors during the warmer months, or keep them out all year, did you have any spawning success that you discovered in your ponds/tubs?  What species?  How many fry did you recover?  What did/will you do with them?


Nick L.

#2 gzeiger

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Posted 26 November 2019 - 12:35 PM

I used to try breeding melanistic Gambusia, with some of the fry kept in outdoors ponds. Never got any melanistic offspring though.



#3 gerald

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Posted 26 November 2019 - 05:53 PM

Mudminnows are the only ones I leave outside through the winter, in above-ground tubs.  Breeding success varies from year to year.  Haven't yet cleaned out the leaves this year to check for reproduction.  The mudminnow pool has plastic shelves raised on bricks with potted plants on top; fish stay mostly under the shelves so i never see them until I clean it out in fall.


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#4 littlen

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Posted 27 November 2019 - 07:10 AM

Are you both just keeping self-sustaining populations?  Do you ever introduce new genetics?  How long have these ponds been running?


Nick L.

#5 MtFallsTodd

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Posted 27 November 2019 - 08:16 AM

I have a 300 gallon stock tank buried to the rim. It is stocked with goldfish but also has a large school of flathead minnows bought from the pet shop as feeders. Started with a dozen and has grown to at least 50 over the last two years. This tank stays frozen over a few weeks every year with no loses. All the neighbors get free goldfish each spring, they breed like guppies.
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#6 Michael Wolfe

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Posted 27 November 2019 - 11:49 AM

In 100 gallon stock tanks here in Georgia:

  • I had Bannerfin Shiners (C.leedsi) breed one summer but only once.
  • Raised multiple years worth of American Flag Fish but just gave them all away and never kept up with them
  • Have gotten good reproduction from Bluespot Sunfish (Enneacanthus) sometimes up to 20 young from just a few adults
  • Got a few, but never very many Golden Topminnows (F. chrysotus) when I was trying to generate melanistic ones... but never anything sustaining and they dies out one year.
  • I have not checked on the mudminnows that I put out last year from Gerald

I need another few days of indian summer to inspire me to get out there and clean up the tanks and maybe bring a few fish in... otherwise I may just wait until spring.


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#7 gerald

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Posted 30 November 2019 - 09:45 PM

Mudminnows:  you wont see them until the last handful of leaves and last quart of water is taken out.


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#8 littlen

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Posted 02 December 2019 - 09:06 AM

Michael, do you operate your tubs under a 'set-it-and-forget-it!' mindset?  Basically minimal maintenance?  I have a HDPE 55 gallon drum I'd like to bury and would love to do the same as far as operations go.  Hence the inquiries as to what folks have kept and had successful recruitment year after year.


Nick L.

#9 Michael Wolfe

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Posted 02 December 2019 - 06:46 PM

Yes. Low stocking density, no circulation, and water lilies or water shield are my main keys to success. There are several conversations here on the forum about the latter two factors so I will not bore everyone with my strong opinions there (unless you have something specific to ask).
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