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Re: Raising fish in kiddie pools HELP
UPDATE -FROM LAST WEEK:
Well in typical Missouri fashion we had another mini-heat wave followed by record cold. Who in the midwest ever heard of record cold in July???? I am pleased to report the fish made it through everything without incident.
Vat-1 seemed to spring back to life a few weeks back. In this container, it looks like the Least Killies are catching up to the Endlers ever so slowly. This week I rough counted approximately 25 Least Killie fry and 50 Endlers. Still no baby crayfish to report although I did manage to snag one of the adults. The bottom of the vat is covered with rows of PVC sections, so no telling what is in there.
Well pool 1 is by far the most productive. The good news is the tree frogs seemed to move on. Have no heard them singing in a week. A few days ago I noticed a leopard frog in the pool. I watched and did not see any eggs, dispite the frog remaining. We apparently he had visitors as Friday evening houndreds of tadpoles burst to the surface. This way more than the tree frogs. I have removed several hundred feeding them to my Convicts, Meekis, Jacks and Belonasox. You would never know I removed any by the looks of things! Anyway, the fish did well and I did confirm that the first batch or two of Endler fry are now reproducing. I suspect the Least Killies are as well. There were approximately 25-30 Least Killie and 100 Endler fry in this weeks count. Like Vat 1, no baby crayfish to report.
The Jacks are still hiding for the most part. I put a couple of very large female gambusia in as dither fish. The Jacks are now taking pellets off the surface, they just wait about 15 min. after I toss them in. I am hoping the tadpoles make them more aggressive. The bottom line is they got 8-12 weeks to pair off befor ethey have to come in.
My late starter pool is starting to really stock up. There are at least 15 Least Killie and Endler fry each in the pool. The adults are huge from gorging on mosqueto larva and I am still feeding 150-200 larva, rough guess, daily to the indoor fish.