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Enlarging Techniques Carp Owners Need to Know

Enlarging Techniques Carp Owners Need to Know

Description: enlarging techniques carp owners need to know include pond management and special feeding. Here are the tips.

Large carps provide more satisfying “kicks” in fishing and cooking, so why don’t try enlarging domesticated carps? There are various enlarging techniques carp (Cyprinus carpio) owners around the world have tried successfully, most of them include pond management and special feeding. If you keep common carps in the pond, here is how you can boost their sizes.

      1.     Create Ideal Pond Habitat for Carps
Domesticated carps will grow bigger if the pond’s environment mimics their natural habitats. Ideally, you should keep the water temperature within 25 to 30 degrees Celsius. The bottom part must be muddy, with water vegetations and a little degree of salinity (no more than 5 percent). A carp pond thrives better in an area within 150 and 600 m above the sea level.

      2.     Create Supplemental Feeding System in the Pond
Many fish, such as catfish, sunfish, striped bass, and carps, can flourish with bigger sizes if you create supplemental feeding system in the pond. It is basically creating a "food chain" system, with smaller fish included to occasionally feed the bigger fish. This technique also creates a more nutritious water condition for the carps. For example, you can include minnows, small catfish, or bluegills in your carp pond, with the ratio of 2:1 for the smaller and bigger fish.

      3.     Buy the First Fish from Reputable Vendors
If you are trying to enlarge the fish, you will need many commercial foods to feed them. Make sure you buy the first fish from reputable vendors, which means that your fish are used to eat nutritious commercial foods. By buying fish from such vendors, you also ensure that the fish are healthy since the beginning.

      4.     Provide Protein-rich Foods for the Carps
The main feed for your carps must contain at least 25 percent of protein, which can boost their growths. The protein-rich pellets must cover 3 to 4 percent of the fish’ average weight and be provided three times a day. You can take weight samples every two weeks to see how much the fish grow and prepare the right feeding amount for their growths.

      5.     Harvest at the right time
If you plan to get the most profits from your domesticated carps, consider the harvesting time, too. Waiting for more than three months may give you bigger fish, but you will also spend more on their foods. Harvest them between the age of two and three months (or when their weights have reached 300 to 400 grams) for the best results.

The ideal enlarging techniques carp (Cyprinus carpio) farmers must not only consider the sizes and feeding types, but also know ideal pond conditions and the quality of the fish.