Grass Carp are native to China and are one of the largest members of the minnow family, commonly reaching weights of 25 pounds or more. Grass Carp have the unique ability to eat a wide variety of submerged aquatic plants making them a sought after species for overgrown ponds and lakes. Because they are not native to the area, stocking is allowed in Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, and New York by permit only. Permits can be obtained by visiting our Downloads page and printing the appropriate application for your area. Only sterile or Triploid Grass Carp are permitted in these areas and are what is provided by Mid-Atlantic Stocking.
For a list and pictures of the plants that Grass Carp will eat visit the Grass Carp Preferred Plants document on the Downloads page. Triploid Grass Carp will live for up to 10 years but, with age, their metabolism will slow making weed consumption minimal later on in life. For this reason, restocking is recommended after 5 years or when plant growth begins increasing significantly again.
NOTE ON SHIPPING FISH: If you would like us to ship your fish directly to you, you must be within the following states: New York, Pennslyvania, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, and Ohio. Fish will only ship during the available season. Shipping is calculated at checkout and only offered to ship overnight.