Back on May 31 pulled some eggs from a Smallmouth Bass nest and placed them into a half-filled 5-gallon bucket with aeration. It took at least 2 days for about 15 eggs to hatch. I do not know actual spawn date as did not check nests every day during the needed time. They swam up as first feeding larvae yesterday which is when they were stocked into a 40-gallon tank as part of and indoor RAS. They were already getting something coming in with water, but this morning I popped them with freshly hatched BBS. They put on bellies within a few minutes. They are housed near a larger batch of Spotted (female) x Largemouth (male) that are about 3 weeks older. The hybrids are already on feed. I hope to start feed training the Smallmouth in about 2 weeks. It has been 10+ years since I tank reared Smallmouth for eggs. These guys are going to be pushed hard so they can breed next spring. Once they get some size I will start feeding them some minnows and crayfish too.
Raising Smallmouth Bass from Eggs
Posted 12 June 2020 - 11:16 AM
Posted 17 June 2020 - 07:45 AM
They already showing signs of territoriality, well before Spotted and Largenouth. I wish I could mess with some of the more southerly black basses.
Posted 20 June 2020 - 01:52 AM
I know LMB can be pellet trained. Can the same be done with smallmouth?
The member formerly known as Skipjack
Posted 20 June 2020 - 07:29 PM
I have yet to meet a centrarchid that could not be trained to eat pellets. Most I have feed trained in mass, several hundred at a time, but they train even as individuals if you extend the period of overlap with live feeds and/or use something like frozen food or free-dried blood worms.
Posted 23 June 2020 - 07:33 AM
Smallmouth Bass now pushing an inch long. They are much more dispersed than than the Spotted x Largemouth in adjacent tank. The hybrids have been on feed for nearly two weeks and starting to resume fast growth. We have some fresh Otohime feed coming in. Smallmouth will be put on that. Currently they are on freshly hatched BS which are smaller than what they would consume in natural settings. It takes them a lot of effort to realize gut fill.
Posted 08 January 2021 - 10:44 AM
Wow, do you have a pond with Smallmouth bass.
I am very interested, do you have pictures.
Posted 20 January 2021 - 03:48 PM
They are being raised in tanks.
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