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#448915 - 06/03/16 10:21 PM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: jdknr5]
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Registered: 08/08/14
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Loc: Oakwood,Texas
Welcome to the family of fits and misfits. Lots of experience here and lots of folks that can really help you from making a mess before you ever get started, ask lots of questions and post pictures if you got time.

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#449905 - 06/17/16 06:07 AM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: Bob Lusk]
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Registered: 06/17/16
Posts: 3
Loc: Orlando
Hello everybody, I am newbie to this forum. I am looking ahead to share my problems and experiences.

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#449923 - 06/17/16 09:19 AM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: Bob Lusk]
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Welcome to posting on PB. Glad you are here.
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#449927 - 06/17/16 09:51 AM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: AustinBarber]
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Welcome Austin
Join the fun and learn a lot while you're at it. Tell us about your pond and your goals

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#449951 - 06/17/16 02:41 PM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: Pat Williamson]
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Austin,
Welcome to Pond Boss....lot's of good info and helpful folks here. Down in Orlando, huh? You guys got a really nice long growing season down there in Florida.
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#457451 - 10/11/16 05:37 PM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: Bob Lusk]
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Loc: South Louisiana
New to the forum and a new pond owner with plenty questions!

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#457457 - 10/11/16 08:05 PM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: Dfou]
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General questions are $1 each. Questions that require thought are $5 each. Questions that require correct answers........... well those are just priceless! grin

Just kidding. Ask away and welcome to PBF!
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#457458 - 10/11/16 08:16 PM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: Bob Lusk]
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welcome to Pond Boss......tons of good info and lots of helpful folks here.....
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#457523 - 10/12/16 08:23 PM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: Bob Lusk]
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Welcome on board. Questions are a good thing - ask away !
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#459591 - 11/27/16 07:45 PM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: Bob Lusk]
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Loc: IN
Hi. My name is Deana and we recently purchased property in Carroll County Indiana that has an existing pond on the property. We know nothing about ponds and need to learn how to maintain/renovate the pond. It has not been maintained for at least 40 years that I know of. I'll post questions in the forums. But, just wanted to say hello to everyone.

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#459592 - 11/27/16 08:12 PM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: Keana]
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Welcome to the forum. Now is a good time to do a lot of reading and ask questions about what you don't understand. There is a LOT of information in the archives.

First start off by asking yourself and your family what are your goals for the pond, and concentrate on making those goals come true.
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#459594 - 11/27/16 10:38 PM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: Bob Lusk]
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Welcome and do ask questions !
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#462489 - 01/23/17 10:52 AM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: Bob Lusk]
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Registered: 10/19/16
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Loc: Tx
Hello my name Is Matt Adams. I just purchased a couple acres just east of Dallas, Texas. I have approx. a 1/4 acre pond (clay bottom) I am new to the pond world. Pond just filled up the first time ever this last couple of weeks.(Rain water) I have a few questions already....

How long do I wait until I introduce fish?

I plan to add a few dead christmas trees and a couple man made structure pieces.

I have been looking at stock my pond for a basic starter pack of fish. Any recomentadtions or advice is appreciated.

Pond is approx. 100' x 80' and has a max depth of approx. 12'-14'
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#462499 - 01/23/17 11:41 AM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: Bob Lusk]
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Matt,
Please refer to this thread where there are several who voiced concerns about using a 'stocking kit or starter pack' There are many from TX who can guide you on how to get a good start to your pond. A starter pack may create management issues. And welcome to Pond Boss!!

stocking thread

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#462515 - 01/23/17 04:29 PM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: Bob Lusk]
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Poetry Ranch Matt - What specific stocking kit are you looking at using? Do we know your pond use goals or purpose including types and sizes of fish you desire? Some want mostly swimming, relaxing, aesthetics, wildlife, with a small amount of occasional fun catch general fishing. Stocking plan should be customized for your goals then manage those fish and the water resource to meet your goals. Do not stock a random kit then try and to manage it based on the fish farm's idea of what you needed that often includes selling you more fish later for an inadequate stocking kit while not providing you with good detailed information of how to properly manage that 'kit'.


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#462521 - 01/23/17 06:24 PM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: Bob Lusk]
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Canned answers (stocking kits) are often wrong or not in concert with goals.
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#462536 - 01/23/17 09:58 PM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: Bob Lusk]
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Matt, what are your goals and what kind of fish do you want? My normal recommendation for 1/4 acre in Texas is hybrid bluegills, hybrid stripers, and a feeder.
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#463497 - 02/08/17 07:48 PM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: Bob Lusk]
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Loc: Texas, USA
I just joined yesterday and there seems to be some good information for controlling your ponds outcome. Earl

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#463501 - 02/08/17 08:29 PM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: Bob Lusk]
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Registered: 10/19/14
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Loc: Boone County Illinois
Welcome to PBF Earl!

Lots of good folks here to help in anyway they can!

Don't be shy about jumping in on any topic if you have questions, opinions or experience to share.

Bill D.


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#463512 - 02/09/17 08:32 AM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: EMead]
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Welcome to PBF Earl.

A tip. If there is a thread you want to be able to locate at a later date, put it on your "watch list". The option to do so will be at the top of each forum thread (under "Topic Options").

Otherwise it becomes terribly hard to find the old thread you were interested in at some later date.


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#477264 - 07/29/17 04:06 PM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: Bob Lusk]
Mel Offline


Registered: 07/29/17
Posts: 1
Loc: NY
Hi Pond Boss gang.
I am Mel. Dug my pond in 2006. Its a little bigger than a third acre and 13 to 15 feet in the middle. Its aerated in 2 places all year long. Land was so wet that there was little else to do with it but to dig pond. It is used primarily for swimming and paddle boating. However my dilemma is that there is an overflow pipe hidden behind the cat tails at the far end of it which drains into a drainage swale. As a result, my pond never fills to the surface of the grass line of the rest of my property and it is a total nightmare trying to control the grassy/ weedy banks all the way around it which are probably a good 4 feet slope down to the water. Doesn't look pretty. I want water to come higher so I don't have to look at that weedy bank. I have to pay a kid to weed wack it every few months. Its more than I can handle. DEC designed pond and I know that weedy banks are good for wild life, but so not very nice to look at. Any ideas how to make water level higher so I don't have to deal with bank maintenance?? I actually thought of sticking a ball in the pipe to lessen the overflow spillage. Also wanted to know if anyone has any suggestions for water testing kits and what I should be testing for; the usual ammonia, nitrate, chloride, hardness, carbon dioxide and alkalinity. Or more than that. I'm not sure if herons have eaten my fish or if water quality is on the blink but seems I have not seen too many fish jumping like I used to. Heron or water issues?? Haven't seen huge amount of dead fish, only one last summer. Water looks pretty clear, but that doesn't mean its
good. Probably need to restock ??? Thanks for any tips or ideas. So happy to have found this forum. Cheers !!

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#477267 - 07/29/17 06:45 PM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: Bob Lusk]
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Posts: 420
Loc: Nashville, AR
Welcome!! You are in the right place.

Just a thought...could you lengthen the pipe? What is it made out of? Could you possible put a lid with a little float and a rope so you could open if needed...or a valve?? The best be would be to just raise to where you desired level would be.

I used Texas A&M for my water testing...there are others but I used them. They were cheaper than most and gave everything I wanted...well what I learned here that I "needed"! Here is the link..print it out, fill it out and send in with the sample. Take the sample out in the pond in at least 3-4 feet of water...hold you finger over the water bottle till you get the bottle under so you don't get surface water and or floating stuff. Here is the link to the page.

Texas A&M water test pdf

The experts will chime in on all the other!! You will probably want to post your questions on a separate thread. Maybe in the "questions and observations" area. Great to have you!

Oh yeah, we like pictures! wink



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#477270 - 07/29/17 09:14 PM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: Bob Lusk]
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Registered: 07/29/17
Posts: 1
Loc: Athens, Texas
Hi, my name s Ron Carlson and I just joined the online forum. I live in east Texas where we have lots of clay and everything holds water. I have a 8 acre pond with LM Bass that we stocked about four years ago with lots of bluegill and minnows. We are catching 6 pounders now. I read recently that crawfish are one of the best protein sources for the Bass. Where can I find ones with live gills in east Texas? What should the stocking ratio be?

Thanks!

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#477271 - 07/29/17 10:08 PM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: AthensTx]
Pat Williamson Offline


Registered: 08/08/14
Posts: 2765
Loc: Oakwood,Texas
Welcome Ron

I'm out of Oakwood near Buffalo, you might try
Overton Fishery near Buffalo for a start of crawfish.

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#477272 - 07/29/17 10:09 PM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: Pat Williamson]
Pat Williamson Offline


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Loc: Oakwood,Texas
Welcome Mel to the forum

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