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How many Grass Carp should I stock in my pond?
8 per acre for leafy weeds, and 12 per acre if you have algae, duckweed or lilly pads. 
 
Only in large quantities for large lakes, brought in on my truck. 
 
Will carp eat algae and duckweed?
Yes, if you let them eat everything else first.  So it may take time to see results.  They do not prefer these weeds, and will not be as effective as they are with other weeds.  Some customers say they have worked.  I think if the amount of weed isn't overwhelming they might be more successful, but nonetheless, the state biologists and I won't tell you they work all the time.  Carp are a little fussy about what they eat.
 
Do carp eat lilly pads and cattails?
Probably not, according to what the literature says.  But I have a customer near Richmond who eradicated their lilly pads in a year.   There are many types of lilly pads.  I don't think carp like the ones with jelly on the underside of the leaves and on the stems.
Do you sell other kinds of Fish?
 
How long will the fish live in my pond?
The State of VA says 6-8 years on average. I have known customers who have their fish for 15 years and others who replace them every few years. I have had people who had otters decimate their fish population in the winter, or have fish kills from low oxygen in the summer.
 
What percent of fish that I buy will make it to my pond alive?
My fish are guaranteed for 5 days in your pond.  You shoulnt't lose any. In any given year I only have to replace or refund a couple of fish.
 
Will predators cause loss of carp? 
Otter, eagles, and osprey can prey on carp.  Turtles, not much if any.  Carp are fast and their biology/genetics has adapted them to be shy and they dart away from unespected movements or shadows.   
The most common way to lose carp is to have a lot of water flowing through, but not have a fish barrier. Carp will go out with flowing water (upstream or downstream). Every pond if different, so call me and we can discuss yours.
 
How long will Carp effectively reduce weeds?
They don't eat much when the water is cold, below 50-55 degrees. After they are 6 years old, their metabolism slows and they eat less.
 
When should I replace ar add more carp?
I usually recommend restocking after 4-8 years, if they are over 30 inches, or if the weed population seems like its expanding, its time to replace them or add more.  (see FAQ #1)
People also ask when they will see a difference in their pond. That all depends on how weedy it is and how active the fish are. Normally you should not expect to notice a big difference in the first several months.
 
How much do carp eat? 
These carp eat about 3 pounds of weed for every pound of flesh they have. So if you have a ton of weeds, a few carp would take a fair amount of time to catch up.
 
Are these the same as river carp?
No, our Grass Carp are sterile (cannot reproduce) and very different than the reddish-yellow river carp around VA. 
 
Can fishermen catch carp?
It is unusual to catch tripolid grass carp.   But in Europe, there is a popular sport around catching them because they get up to 40 lbs.  Those fishermen have remote controlled feeders, boats, and special techniques and equipment for catching them.  Check them out on the internet!
 
Are Grass Carp good to eat?
I have been told they are.  In the US, you don't hear as much about eating carp as you do in other countries.  I would contend that the cleaner the water is, the better they would taste.  If very weedy and uiddy, they might have an off-taste, just like other fish.  Some agencies are trying to create a restaurant market and industry for harvesting Grass Carp that have escaped and gotten into the Mississippi River.  Apparently in one taste test, they beat salmon.  That said, I have never eaten one, as mine are "working fish", and I really like salmon either way!

When is the best time to stock carp?
I get this question all the time.  The answer is usually "now", when you realize you need them.  If weeds are still growing, then don't wait, carp will begin to work immediately. 
If you have the luxury of being able to plan ahead, like during the winter when weeds don't grow much, there are times when you can stock carp more reliably:
1.  Stocking April to mid-June assures the fish will be there and are healthy for the worst of the weed season.  Thus, its my first choice for "the best time to stock".  
2.  My second choice would be end of September to end of October.  This time period assures they will be there in the early spring when weeds start to grow- even if that is in February!  If you have a alot of winter and spring flooding or water going over a dam without a fish barrier, then late spring may be best.
Hot summer months are the times to avoid.  In my opinion, carp should not be handled in VA from the end of June to the middle of September because higher water temperatures are more conducive to pathogens that weaken carp and increase stress, and warm water holds less oxygen than cold water.  Netting and tranpsorting causes stress and if fish are not strong when doing so there can be problems.  But once carp are established in your pond, they are very strong and can endure ice-covered ponds and those that warm up to over 90 degreesre

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