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Question by varminthunter. Uploaded on June 06, 2010
Grass carp will do a fine job of getting rid of it.
Are grass carp the ones you need to get a permit for? My late uncle had some kinda carp in his pond that he needed a permit for. I'm in NY if that would make a difference.
MPN---I don't know. I've put grass carp in my pond here in Alabama without any permit. I bought them from a private hatchery and that was never mentioned. I think the reccommendation was four or five per acre. They really do clean up the aquatic growth. Those in my pond have gotten huge over the past eight years and I've been told that I need to get rid of them and put in smaller ones that eat more.
Yeah this was years ago that my uncle had them, rules may have changed like my age haha. I'm damn near 70 and still going strong.
According to the fish farm where we usually get our pond fish, Iraeli (spelling?) carp will "graze" until they get to a certain size, then they apparently quit cleaning the pond and eat something else, not sure what.
A friend of mine uses swans to keep his ponds free of weeds and algae. There's no permit needed, they pull the weeds out by the roots, and his wife thinks they add to the beauty of their property.
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