Fish Stocking: One of the few fish species which eat plants in Florida ponds and lakes are triploid grass carp.
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Fish Stocking

Fish StockingA natural part of Florida lakes and ponds are plants. Numerous species of fish, amphibians, reptiles and birds use aquatic vegetation for feeding, reproduction and shelter.

A healthy balance of 30 to 50 percent plant coverage is recommended. If your pond or lake has fewer plants than this, you may not even have a problem.

One of the few fish species which eat plants are triploid grass carp.

Compared to other aquatic vegetation control methods, they may provide a low-cost, long-term, herbicide-free means of dealing with problem plants in your pond or lake. Triploid grass carp are extremely potent plant consumers and have definite food preferences, preferring tender, succulent plant species over those that are tough and fibrous. Triploid grass carp are not effective for controlling algae (pond scum or moss), emerged species such as cattail, submerged species such as water milfoils, or floating species such as water lily. So before considering stocking your pond or lake with these sterile fish, it's important to identify the vegetation you want to control. Grass carp are probably a good solution if your problem plants are:

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  • Slender Spikerush 
  • Duckweed
  • Southern Naiad
  • Brazilian elodea
  • Elodea
  • Musk-Grass (Chara)
  • Pondweed
  • Widgeon-grass

Plant control with triploid grass carp is a slow process, but once control is achieved, it will last a number of years. If more rapid control of your water management needs is desired, Clear View can help with an integrated approach in aquatic weed and algae control by using approved herbicides and algaecides and triploid grass carp stocking. We will help apply for the necessary permits and install fish barriers if necessary. Call today for a no-obligation evaluation of your lake or pond to see which method is best for you.

Aquatic & Vegetation Management Services A Division of Florida’s Finest Lawn & Pest Control Inc.  •  322 Maguire Road  •  Ocoee, FL 34761  •  Phone: (407) 948-3531 Aquatic Weed Control Orlando Florida