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duck weed #8113089 01/03/21 04:58 AM
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Anyone plant duck weed in a pond to draw ducks in?

How did it do?

And are you glad you planted it or wish you would have gone in a different direction?

Seems like it could get out of control quick.


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I'd look at smartweed and sago pondweed if it was my place.


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Re: duck weed [Re: Hopedale] #8114101 01/04/21 01:57 AM
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I ride around a lot and seems like tanks that have smart weed hold ducks

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Try planting smartweed and HOPE it gets out of control...when ducks arrive, they will knock it back.

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I planted Japanese millet and wont do it again. Had sections come in nice, and alot of it didnt. Looking into smartweed, and some wild millet next year. Also, if you have a levy'd system like me, it will be nice to have3 something that will re-seed itself every year!


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Re: duck weed [Re: sallysue] #8114842 01/04/21 06:38 PM
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Originally Posted by sallysue
I ride around a lot and seems like tanks that have smart weed hold ducks
I meant to say duck weed

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If you can't control water, anything you "plant" is a crap shoot. Sago, smartweed, duck potato, etc all need certain water levels. Got turtles?? They will eat the seed you get out. Get hit with an algae bloom which impacts sunlight to the bottom where the seed is. Germination isn't happening. How do I know all this, can its all happened to me. I will probably try wild rice again this year. 4' of water to moist soil, throw it out by hand and hope it hits good ground. Its not perfect, but I believe its the best thing for my ground. The alternative is becoming an outlaw and finding duckweed somewhere and transplanting it to my tank.

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Where's a good place to buy duck weed

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I would not plant it on a pond. I have seen small bodies of water covered up in it, and no ducks. When water is completely covered in it, I have never seen ducks. I think they like to swim up to it to eat it, not swim in it. Also, seems I never see them in green duck weed, always seems they like the golden/brown duckweed.

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Re: duck weed [Re: Hopedale] #8116222 01/05/21 05:17 PM
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Originally Posted by sallysue
Where's a good place to buy duck weed


Most articles I read said find it in the wild and scoop it up. But I think in Texas its illegal to move from one body of water to another.

I'm leaning towards the wild celery and duck potato, but the sago pondweed looks like it may be good as well.

Guy, is this golden/brown duckweed?

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Originally Posted by Guy
I would not plant it on a pond. I have seen small bodies of water covered up in it, and no ducks. When water is completely covered in it, I have never seen ducks. I think they like to swim up to it to eat it, not swim in it. Also, seems I never see them in green duck weed, always seems they like the golden/brown duckweed.

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Awesome pics Guy! If anyone knows about the different food sources it's Guy. He's taught me a lot over the past years about it. I would say ducks eat duck weed but it's not their favorite food source. If there's vegetatation with more seed such as millet, or smart weed they will be in that first.

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Originally Posted by Hopedale

Guy, is this golden/brown duckweed?

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Yeah, here is some more of it on a different lake...The teal love it...Mallards not so much...
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I think the duck weed is green early season, then turns brown/golden when it gets cold. This was early teal season 2020, did not see one duck.



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This is teal feeding on this stuff, pics from 2010 lake x. One of my old walk in spots, scouting between splits...

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Re: duck weed [Re: Hopedale] #8116834 01/06/21 12:56 AM
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Guy,

Going to shoot you a PM.


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That's not duck weed, that's mosquito fern


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Re: duck weed [Re: KWood_TSU] #8117033 01/06/21 03:15 AM
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Originally Posted by KWood_TSU
That's not duck weed, that's mosquito fern

Yeah, looks like it, especially that close up pic I show. I have never really looked at it this close till now. Looking at it from a distance, it looks the same. But this makes me think maybe I never seen duck weed, it is all mosquito fern.

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That's not duck weed, that's mosquito fern

Yeah, looks like it, especially that close up pic I show. I have never really looked at it this close till now. Looking at it from a distance, it looks the same. But this makes me think maybe I never seen duck weed, it is all mosquito fern.


The last pic you posted looks like duck weed.
Mosquito fern is that red color and has like a flower look to it. Duck weed looks like a single seed.


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Re: duck weed [Re: Guy] #8117482 01/06/21 03:20 PM
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I can't remember what stuff we were hunting in that year but it was duck crack. I've never seen ducks drop into a place like that in my life. Also have never seen that many duck hunters in one spot. When I say "Duck Weed" this is the stuff I'm talking about. [Linked Image]

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Re: duck weed [Re: Hopedale] #8118518 01/07/21 03:26 AM
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Last two pics posted are duck weed


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Looks like a Gadwall buffet!


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