Grass carp will eatfilamentous algae,water-meal,and duckweedand for these species it is great. However,if the pond has other species of aquatic plants you do not want to control,and want to keep them,using grass carp could end up devastating for the pond.
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Do grass carp eat aquatic plants?
The grass carp actually tends to 鈥渕ow鈥?plants, eating them from the top down because of the way its mouth is placed. The grass carp does not tear out aquatic plants by rooting and muddying the water.
Should I introduce grass carp to my pond?
If you are having issues with aquatic plant control in your pond, you might consider introducing grass carp to your pond. These fish, originally from Asia, have been imported to the United States since the 1960’s to intentionally release into our waterways for aquatic plant control.
What plants do carp eat in Pennsylvania?
Grass carp rely almost entirely on aquatic plants for their diet. According to the PA Fish and Boat Commission, they prefer to eat the following aquatic plants: Pondweeds (Potamogeton species) Common elodea. Coontail. Naiad. Duckweed.
What is a grass carp?
Marco Polo mentioned the grass carp during his travel to China and the fish has also been used by the Russians for the same purposes, as a natural way to control weed. The grass carp is distinct from many species of fish in that it is a vegetarian, which means it sees both algae and aquatic weed as being a delicious meal.