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    How Many Channel Cats Per Gallon? READ PLEASE

    Discussion in 'Outdoor Ponds' started by Andrew1002, Apr 10, 2012.

    1. Andrew1002

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      Okay im wondering how many channel catfish I can keep per gallon of water. Such as say in 500 gallons one channel cat or how many and up to how many I can keep in a 3500-4000 gallon pond?
      So for example
      500- 1 channel cat
      1000- 2 channel cats
      1500- 3/4 channel cats
      2000- 4/5 channel cats
      2500- 5/6 channel cats
      3000- 6/7 channel cats
      3500- 7/8 channel cats
      4000- 8/9 channel cats
      you dont have to use this format or anything just something easily understood.
       
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      What are you going to have for filtration, and do you plan on having any other fishes with them? Channel catfish are extremely messy fish after all.
       
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      yeah im going to get the biggest pond pump i can afford and a waterfall system. I think im going to get one or maybe two in the 3600 and im going to have them with turtles,lmb, and maybe some large aggressive fish but lmb adjust to high water temps similarly to goldfish and the turtles will just be two eastern painted turtles. But I was thinking of maybe putting a large jag in there just to see how it works out. Im not sure yet. But i doubt the jag idea would work
       
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      OMFG im laughing so hard right now at your avatar!!!!:ROFL:
       
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      I would bet 5 to 8 depending on filtration and if its planted or not. Also your sig says NJ so you need to plan on winter ice.
       
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      yes i was not looking forward to the ice
       
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      Also pretty aggressive during feeding
       
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      I have three in a 13,000 gallon pond and I wouldnt add any more. All three of mine are over 24" and are extremely aggressive towards each other. They all have their own space and territory and defend it. Also they get even more aggressive at feeding time. Its not so much about your gallons of the pond, but how much surface area and how spread out the pond is. Like everyone else said, they are pigs and are very messy so make sure you have the filtration to handle them.
       
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      Skip the turtles as they will nip/kill your fishes and may rip the liner with their claws.
       
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      Ya I'm pretty sure I won't get them unless I have a real thick liner. So i might not even get them idk.

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