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Poster KarenSue Offline
Posted 07/09/19 09:18 PM
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I will be posting on different threads but I finally have time to become more knowledgeable about our pond. I'll start with a fish question. I believe we have only LMB, in our pond. I have tiny ones about 1-2 inches long, the next size is about 5-6 inches, and the big ones are about 12-14 inches long. ( and some really big bullfrogs!)My question is should I have more than one type of fish or are they fine?
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#508688 - 07/09/19 09:19 PM Re: pond view [Re: KarenSue]
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Registered: 07/27/18
Posts: 5
Loc: Ohio
I'm not sure where this posted, sorry if it is in the wrong thread. This forum is just a little different from the other one I belong to.

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#508701 - 07/10/19 08:22 AM Re: pond view [Re: KarenSue]
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Registered: 06/10/16
Posts: 1617
Loc: West Central Missouri
The simple answer is "Yes", you need some other fish in the pond. LMB need something more to eat than their own offspring. If left by themselves, they will not have enough food to continue growing. This leads to having too many bass in the pond with too little food (forage) and they will likely stop growing. You would end up with a pond full of 10" bass.

Here are two great threads that discuss managing ponds for LMB and BG...

http://forums.pondboss.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=255372#Post255372

http://forums.pondboss.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=189988#Post189988

For better forum results, add some info about your pond. Like, size, depth, age, when the LMB where put in, and tells us what you would like you pond to develop into...Welcome to the forums!
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#508736 - 07/10/19 02:02 PM Re: pond view [Re: Quarter Acre]
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Registered: 07/27/18
Posts: 5
Loc: Ohio
Thanks for the advice. I'll check out those threads. We bought the home last year, the pond was put in about the mid 90's. Title says 1/2 acre, depth of 13 feet. Beach (about 20 feet wide)at one end with shallower entrance. Fairly steep dropoff the rest of the perimeter. There isn't any aereation, we arelooking at a windmill or electric. We have power put to the pond but our co-op is expensive. I love the look of a windmill, we are comsidering having it mounted on the barn roof to ensure best wind availability. I have no idea when the fish were added so just winging it. I'm not fond of catfish,
My preference would be bluegills or perch. Right now its just a catch and release if anyone fishes.

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#508738 - 07/10/19 02:45 PM Re: pond view [Re: KarenSue]
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Registered: 06/10/16
Posts: 1617
Loc: West Central Missouri
A very good tool for evaluating your fish's health is called "Relative Weights". This will tell you how fat and happy OR how skinny and sad your fish are. You weigh them, measure their length, and compare that to standard charts. If your fish is smaller than the chart data, then that size class could use some food and/or some of that size class should be removed. Larger...then that class has plenty of forage/not too much competition. Here's some links to get you started...

https://appliedecology.cals.ncsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/ANR-1193.pdf

http://forums.pondboss.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=160456#Post160456

Be cautious when considering a windmill. In some areas and under some conditions they can do more harm than good. Another thread for reading...

http://forums.pondboss.com/ubbthreads.ph...=true#Post92494

Enjoy!
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