A small carp at the Russian Fish Farm?

Crucian CarpCrucian Carp:  *new to lake*

Scientific Name: Carassius carassius
Average Weight: 6oz – 1lb 8oz
Average Length: 6 – 12 inches
Life Span: 10 years

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mirror carpLeather/Mirror Carp:

Scientific Name: Cyprinus carpio
Average Weight: 6 – 15 lb (2.7 kg / 6.8kg)
Average Length: 18 – 26 inches (45 cm – 65cm)
Life Span: Between 9 – 45+ years.

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commoncarpCommon Carp:

Scientific Name: Cyprinus carpio
Average Weight: 6 – 15 lb (2.7 kg / 6.8kg)
Average Length: 18 – 26 inches (45 cm – 65cm)
Life Span: Between 9 – 45+ years.

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Okay; I have done my homework and the new carp, which really is a normal carp for European area, is a Crucian Carp and is totally an delicious tasting carp. The meat is firmer, whiter and to me it is like eating a fat Blue Gill back home…

The issue that I see is that the fish will never be large enough in the normal summer season to be worth as a mainstay crop. The lifespan is shorter and the size is much smaller. But they are delicious to eat and most likely will be sold at a higher price than the Common and Mirror carp… (I have had two so far to eat!)

Farming is about volume, weight and speed. The big carps can outproduce the tiny Crucian any day. I do not see the Crucian being anything more than a speciality fish for high dollar situations….

Now I learned something new…

Post by Kyle Keeton
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