Pond Boss Magazine
https://www.pondboss.com/images/userfiles/image/20130301193901_6_150by50orangewhyshouldsubscribejpeg.jpg
Advertisment
Newest Members
ksueotto58, John Folchetti, victortechy, fishengelbert, Woody Jones
18,477 Registered Users
Forum Statistics
Forums36
Topics40,938
Posts557,726
Members18,478
Most Online3,612
Jan 10th, 2023
Top Posters
esshup 28,497
ewest 21,489
Cecil Baird1 20,043
Bill Cody 15,135
Who's Online Now
0 members (), 436 guests, and 278 robots.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Joined: Jun 2012
Posts: 1
D
OP Offline
D
Joined: Jun 2012
Posts: 1
I'm trying to improve the fish management in a private pond. I want to raise bass, bluegill and minnows. I had some rectangular pens made out of fine stainless steel mesh and floated them in my pond. A couple are 6'x6'x6' and one is 4'x12'x6' deep where I want to move the baby fish to as they get larger until I release them into the pond around age 1 year (the pond has an existing bass population and we are trying to introduce superior genetics). The guy who made them for me did not use all stainless steel screws and after a couple months in the pond some of the screws have rusted out and left some gaps where it appears about 2,000 1/2" baby bass probably escaped. I am rethinking the pen enclosure and I would like to line the entire pen (sides and bottom) with a fine aquatic mesh netting to double up my exterior and also make it easier to corral the fish when I need to check on them or move them.

I would need an aquatic rated netting that is fine enough to hold baby fish, durable enough to remain intact in the water for at least a year and obviously breathable enough to allow proper oxygen to circulate. I want the netting to be in a single piece to limit the areas where it could come apart and I will probably need to be able to lightly brush off algae to keep the holes open for oxygen circulation.
Can you help me with this project or recommend a better netting solution?

Joined: Jan 2009
Posts: 28,497
Likes: 826
Moderator
Ambassador
Field Correspondent
Lunker
Offline
Moderator
Ambassador
Field Correspondent
Lunker
Joined: Jan 2009
Posts: 28,497
Likes: 826
I only know of netting that comes in 4' x 50' rolls. It's available in 1/8", 1/4", 1/2" and 3/4" mesh. It's plastic (not plastic coated steel mesh), and I have used it since the Spring of 2010. This is the 1/4" mesh stuff:



www.hoosierpondpros.com


http://www.pondboss.com/subscribe.asp?c=4
3/4 to 1 1/4 ac pond LMB, SMB, PS, BG, RES, CC, YP, Bardello BG, (RBT & Blue Tilapia - seasonal).
Joined: Mar 2005
Posts: 21,489
Likes: 265
E
Moderator
Hall of Fame 2014
Lunker
Offline
Moderator
Hall of Fame 2014
Lunker
E
Joined: Mar 2005
Posts: 21,489
Likes: 265

Welcome to PB.

Rigid plastic netting/fencing - do a search. It comes in all sizes , heights , lengths etc. It is used in offshore pens for fish raising as well as freshwater applications.

Last edited by ewest; 06/04/12 04:37 PM.















Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 20,043
Likes: 1
Hall of Fame
Lunker
Offline
Hall of Fame
Lunker
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 20,043
Likes: 1
And it lasts forever! I've got some cages that are 10 years old with no problems. I do inspect them and do any repairs if I have to when I take them out once a year in the fall.


If pigs could fly bacon would be harder to come by and there would be a lot of damaged trees.






Joined: Jun 2010
Posts: 71
D
Offline
D
Joined: Jun 2010
Posts: 71
Where do you guys buy the plasic netting from?

Joined: Jul 2011
Posts: 2,184
Likes: 44
Offline
Joined: Jul 2011
Posts: 2,184
Likes: 44
I got mine from stoney creek out of Memphis Tn. I learned about them here on PB. I like their quality. I also learned late to use the black zip ties that are UV stabilized. The white ones are not UV stabilized.

I have built several this year and they are working very well for me.


Brian

The one thing is the one thing
A dry fly catches no fish
Try not to be THAT 10%
Joined: Mar 2005
Posts: 21,489
Likes: 265
E
Moderator
Hall of Fame 2014
Lunker
Offline
Moderator
Hall of Fame 2014
Lunker
E
Joined: Mar 2005
Posts: 21,489
Likes: 265
Last I checked you could look online and buy direct from the producer (in rolls).
















Joined: Feb 2011
Posts: 5,309
Likes: 300
Moderator
Offline
Moderator
Joined: Feb 2011
Posts: 5,309
Likes: 300
How do you guys feed the fish in the cages? Do you just place them in a broadcast area of an existing feeder, or do you feed them separately? I would like something like this, but I'm not always available for daily feedings.


AL

Joined: Apr 2012
Posts: 85
S
Offline
S
Joined: Apr 2012
Posts: 85

Do you guys use one size or increase the mesh size as the fish grow?

Joined: Mar 2005
Posts: 21,489
Likes: 265
E
Moderator
Hall of Fame 2014
Lunker
Offline
Moderator
Hall of Fame 2014
Lunker
E
Joined: Mar 2005
Posts: 21,489
Likes: 265
One size 1/4 or 3/16.
















Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 15,135
Likes: 486
B
Moderator
Ambassador
Field Correspondent
Lunker
Offline
Moderator
Ambassador
Field Correspondent
Lunker
B
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 15,135
Likes: 486
Mesh size depends on length of fish. You want a mesh that the fish cannot get its head into. Mesh can be as small as 1/8" for 1" fish and as they grow put fish into larger mesh cages. I try to use the largest mesh possible to contain the fish while optimizing water circulation and minimizing clogging by algae.

Last edited by Bill Cody; 06/07/12 01:14 PM.

aka Pond Doctor & Dr. Perca Read Pond Boss Magazine -
America's Journal of Pond Management

Link Copied to Clipboard
Today's Birthdays
FattyMcButterpants, sdstohler
Recent Posts
aeration pump type?
by esshup - 04/16/24 10:12 PM
Hi there quick question on going forward
by esshup - 04/16/24 10:08 PM
How to catch Hybrid Striper
by esshup - 04/16/24 10:06 PM
fishing tackle and tackle room
by Fishingadventure - 04/16/24 10:05 PM
Braggin Time
by esshup - 04/16/24 10:05 PM
Stocking Scuds and Shrimp
by Rangersedge - 04/16/24 09:03 PM
Chestnut other trees for wildlife
by Rangersedge - 04/16/24 08:22 PM
'Nother New Guy
by jludwig - 04/16/24 07:14 PM
What did you do at your pond today?
by FishinRod - 04/16/24 01:49 PM
Golden Shiners - What size to stock?
by Theeck - 04/16/24 09:49 AM
instant email notifications of post replies ?
by Augie - 04/16/24 09:31 AM
Compaction Question
by teehjaeh57 - 04/15/24 11:54 PM
Newly Uploaded Images
Eagles Over The Pond Yesterday
Eagles Over The Pond Yesterday
by Tbar, December 10
Deer at Theo's 2023
Deer at Theo's 2023
by Theo Gallus, November 13
Minnow identification
Minnow identification
by Mike Troyer, October 6
Sharing the Food
Sharing the Food
by FishinRod, September 9
Nice BGxRES
Nice BGxRES
by Theo Gallus, July 28
Snake Identification
Snake Identification
by Rangersedge, July 12

� 2014 POND BOSS INC. all rights reserved USA and Worldwide

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.5