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Hello All,
I just wanted to introduce myself. I'm a farmer in north eastern Iowa looking to get some info on my pond dreams/plans. I'm hoping to build 3-5 ponds on the land and it isn't what I typically think of normal good pond land. It's all up and down and sand and rocks, precious little clay. I'm also interested in a large variety of fish, including some that many would call 'trash' fish. I enjoy the diversity. Don't be surprised if I ask some weird or off the wall questions, that's just the way I am.

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Welcome, IAFarmer! Weird and off the wall questions & answers are definitely a part of the Forum. As for trash fish, I can recall a time when catfish were considered trash, crawfish were considered trash, and redfish were considered trash. Who knows what the future may bring?


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"catfish were considered trash, crawfish were considered trash, and redfish were considered trash"

Must have been rough times in Cajun country. I always remember those as delicacies.

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I had southern roots, but lived mostly up north in my formative years. Definitely enjoyed crawfish and catfish when visiting relatives in Baton Rouge, but people in the Midwest and Northeast looked down on it. How things have changed!


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I guess I experienced the reverse. I grew up in the south but had northern roots and wound up in the midwest. I desperately miss the boudain, but thank the lord for relief from the mosquitoes. wink

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Welcome to the forum. Be prepared to think about using a liner for the pond, or a sealing product to mix with the soil in the part of the pond that is below the water line after you have removed all the rocks - think of a screener if there are a lot of rocks. Not too sure yet on the sealing product on sand, I am running a test this Spring on using Soilfloc on sand.


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Welcome to the Forum, I have a brother up in NE Iowa, Outside of Cresco Iowa, Upper Iowa Millwork is what his business is called. and yes there are a few rocks in that area, a little different then a lot of Iowa land.


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Welcome! Always nice to have another Hawkeye on the forum. (As in 'The Hawkeye State' but not necessarily the college)


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What is Soilfloc?

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Originally Posted by gehajake
Welcome to the Forum, I have a brother up in NE Iowa, Outside of Cresco Iowa, Upper Iowa Millwork is what his business is called. and yes there are a few rocks in that area, a little different then a lot of Iowa land.

Thanks! I'm southeast from Cresco, an hour or two. Not all that far as the crow flies, but the roads headed up that way are in no way flat, straight ,or headed directly anywhere fast. smile

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Originally Posted by DrLuke
Welcome! Always nice to have another Hawkeye on the forum. (As in 'The Hawkeye State' but not necessarily the college)
Cyclone?


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Originally Posted by Theo Gallus
Originally Posted by DrLuke
Welcome! Always nice to have another Hawkeye on the forum. (As in 'The Hawkeye State' but not necessarily the college)
Cyclone?

Go State grin

EDIT: Also welcome IAFarmer!

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Originally Posted by IAFarmer2021
What is Soilfloc?


It is a 2 part polymer that can be either spead out on top of the water or incorporated into the soil before the pond fills, and it is used to seal leaking ponds. Send teehjaeh57 a private message about it and how it works. That's where I got mine.


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Originally Posted by lmoore
Originally Posted by Theo Gallus
Originally Posted by DrLuke
Welcome! Always nice to have another Hawkeye on the forum. (As in 'The Hawkeye State' but not necessarily the college)
Cyclone?

Go State grin

EDIT: Also welcome IAFarmer!


Well I'll add Go Irish, Go Hogs, and Go Tigers! And Maybe Go Fish! while I'm at it. wink Thanks for the welcome!

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Originally Posted by esshup
Originally Posted by IAFarmer2021
What is Soilfloc?


It is a 2 part polymer that can be either spead out on top of the water or incorporated into the soil before the pond fills, and it is used to seal leaking ponds. Send teehjaeh57 a private message about it and how it works. That's where I got mine.

I'll look into that more. I didn't realize there's a 16 page discussion about it on the forum when I asked what it is. I was figuring on trucking in clay when the time comes, but this Soilfloc might be a better option.

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Iowa, land of 10,000 ponds smile Sounds like a fun project!

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Originally Posted by Matzilla
Iowa, land of 10,000 ponds smile Sounds like a fun project!

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Wow! Now that is a pretty spot! Did you build it?

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it is a deep ravine creek that was dammed up in the 1970's on a shared HOA lot where I live - I took over the management 5 years ago https://forums.pondboss.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=462763


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