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#507115 - 06/09/19 11:07 PM Swimming with the Fishes
ShortCut Offline

Registered: 01/24/19
Posts: 83
Loc: Morton Valley, TX
1 year into my fish pond/swimming hole I'd like to see what everyone else is doing to multipurpose their BOW. Let's have some fun!
A. Feed the BG/HBG BEFORE swimming!
B. Place structure and habitat away from swimming area.
C. I have two large Labradors. Do they need a designated swimming area so as not to wreck BG beds?.

#507119 - 06/10/19 02:09 AM Re: Swimming with the Fishes [Re: ShortCut]
anthropic Offline

Registered: 05/03/14
Posts: 1837
Loc: East Texas, USA
D... Use pond water on plants you really like. They grow much better than with tap water!
8ac E Tx, full 3/16. CNBG, RES, FHM 10/15; TP 5/16; FLMB 6/16. 100 12" NLMB & 1k GSH 10/17. 150# TP & 70 HSB 5/18. 1k PK 11/18. 100# TP 4/19

#507132 - 06/10/19 07:43 AM Re: Swimming with the Fishes [Re: ShortCut]
Dave Davidson1 Offline

Registered: 01/04/06
Posts: 13983
Loc: Hurst & Bowie, Texas
I wouldn't worry about disturbing BG beds. They will start over.
It's not about the fish. It's about the pond. Take care of the pond and the fish will be fine. PB subscriber since before it was in color.

Without a sense of urgency, Nothing ever gets done.

Boy, if I say "sic em", you'd better look for something to bite. Sam Shelley Rancher and Farmer Muleshoe Texas 1892-1985 RIP

#507134 - 06/10/19 08:14 AM Re: Swimming with the Fishes [Re: ShortCut]
Quarter Acre Offline

Registered: 06/10/16
Posts: 1413
Loc: West Central Missouri
I don't swim for recreation in ponds, but if I did...a ladder off the dock would be a must. This would solve having a beach area and totally avoid disturbing the banks.

Shortcut, if you can train your dogs to just swim in the "designated area, I'll be sending you my dog for some basics...like "come here" and "stay". lol
Fish on!,

#507146 - 06/10/19 11:02 AM Re: Swimming with the Fishes [Re: ShortCut]
dlowrance Offline

Registered: 01/09/12
Posts: 902
Loc: Central IL
We're working really hard this year at the multi-purpose portion.

Floating dock out in the middle and a ladder at the short gazebo prevents anyone having to wade in anywhere.

Judicious use of weed control ONLY in the swimming area seems to be keeping the bulk of the GSF/RES away, which lessens the nibbling of various body parts.

So far so good...

"When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water." - anonymous

#507148 - 06/10/19 11:56 AM Re: Swimming with the Fishes [Re: ShortCut]
BrianL Offline

Registered: 03/31/14
Posts: 829
Loc: Paris, TX
My CNBG really nibble swimmers bad... Problem is I don't think the fish around the dock really go to feeder and nibblers seem to be the smaller 2-4" fish..
1.8 acre pond with FHM(gone), CNBG, RES, HSB, and LMB
Trophy Hunter feeder.


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