The Triploid Grass Carp (Ctenopharyngodon Idella)

Triploid Grass Carp

The grass carp or white amur, a vegetarian, is a natural alternative or addition to chemicals for aquatic weed control. In many situations, stocking Triploid Grass Carp is more cost-effective than chemical applications.

The Grass Eating Carp is a native of China and has been used for more than 700 years to control excessive aquatic weed growth. Grass carp should not be confused with common carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella). The white amur has a silvery green body and no barbels, whereas the common carp is golden yellow and has barbels and is the same species as koi.

Stocking rates for grass carp are determined by the amount and type of vegetation present in your pond. Typically, 8 to 30 fish per acre are stocked. In New York, the average stocking rate for triploid grass carp is between 8 and 15 per acre.  Grass carp in NY may eat up to three times its body weight per day.

One-year-old grass carp are approximately 12 inches in length and adults may weigh 35 pounds or more. Pond owners experiencing excessive vegetation are encouraged to call their local NYSDEC fisheries office or Smith Creek Fish Farm to obtain a permit application and to consult a fisheries biologist for a proper stocking number.

Stocking rates for Triploid Grass Carp are determined by the amount and type of vegetation present in your pond. Typically, 8 to 30 fish per acre are stocked. Grass Carp are also called white amur and may eat up to three times their body weight per day.

The link to a permit application can be accessed here

NYSDEC Fisheries Offices By Region:

  • Region 1: 50 Circle Rd Stony Brook, NY 11790 (631) 444-0280

  • Region 2: 47- 40 21st Street Long Island, NY 11101 (718) 482-4922

  • Region 3: 21 South Putt Corners Rd. New Paltz, NY 12561-1696 (845) 256-3161

  • Region 4: 65561 State Hwy 10, Suite 1 Stamford, NY 12167-9503 (607) 652-7366

  • Region 5: (multiple offices) Route 86, PO Box 296 Ray Brook, NY 12977-0296 (518)897-1200 -OR- 232 Golf Course Road, PO Box 220 Warrensburg, NY 12885 (518) 623-1200

  • Region 6:  State Office Building 317 Washington Street Watertown, NY 13601-3787 (315) 785-2263

  • Region 7:  1285 Fisher Avenue Cortland, NY 13045-1090 (607) 753-3095

  • Region 8: Attn: Bait License 6274 East Avon-Lima Rd. Avon, NY 14414-9519 (585) 226-2466

  • Region 9:  182 East Union St. Suite 3 Allegany, NY 14706 (716)372-0645

How To Buy Triploid Grass Carp

Smith Creek Fish Farm is centrally located in Western New York about an hour's drive from Buffalo and Rochester.  The hatchery and retail pond supply outlet have seasonal hours for fish pickup and walk-in customers. Our expert fish packers will oxygen bag your fish for easy, safe, and stress-free transport. 

We do suggest bringing coolers or totes to hold your bagged fish.  Truck delivery of trout, game fish, and forage is available in the WNY area when orders meet our delivery minimums. We also safely ship, by UPS Next Day Air, many of our fish species.

Unfortunately, we ONLY ship fish to New York addresses.  All of our fish are 2024 NY DEC certified disease-free and have been for more than 10 years.

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