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Dave Davidson1 #525170 08/25/20 08:40 AM
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What are the downsides?


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Downsides are about like sharing your patio. But really, If you set a goal or a management plan, it only works if everybody is on board and follows the same rules/ goals and expenses.


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.

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CityDad #525238 08/26/20 09:48 PM
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Touche.

In other news I got my copy of JUST ADD WATER

What should be my next book purchase?


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CityDad #525243 08/26/20 10:21 PM
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Touche.

In other news I got my copy of JUST ADD WATER

What should be my next book purchase?


Perfect Pond, Want One?

Re: New member/ city kid
CityDad #525248 08/27/20 03:56 AM
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Lusk's first book was Perfect Pond, Want One? It's good and gets down to basics.

One really good one is a college textbook by Professors Wes Neal and Dave Willis called Small Impoundment Management in North America. There are mostly chapters in it by Lusk, Otto and other "boots on the ground" professionals. With my lousy memory, I refer to it often.


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
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Of course, you offering a donation boco?

Wait, is that the title?


Welp...


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Has anyone ever done aquaponics with their pond?


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I have read here or somewhere that where some have grown Lettice using floating islands in there pond.


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CityDad #525360 08/31/20 11:26 AM
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What do you guys plant around your pond?
Obviously not on the Dam, but otherwise what flora do we like to use? How bad an idea is it to put a tree near the shore so that the roots provide natural cover/habitat?


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CityDad #525382 09/01/20 04:58 AM
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Big trees suck a lot of water. How much? I don’t know But I’m loaded with oaks and cedars around both of mine.


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
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CityDad #525403 09/01/20 04:03 PM
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Originally Posted by CityDad
What do you guys plant around your pond?
Obviously not on the Dam, but otherwise what flora do we like to use? How bad an idea is it to put a tree near the shore so that the roots provide natural cover/habitat?

Like DD said, trees suck a lot of water, some more then others, but in turn, the shade benefit they provide for the fish is very beneficial, imo, I have had some pretty decent luck fishing along shaded banks on a hot summer morning when i didnt make it to the pond as early as I might have. after they quit biting on the direct sun soaked bank. Its sort of a matter of how much water you can trade off for the shade.
I have trees completely surrounding my pond, dug it in the middle of the woods, and haven't lost three inches of water all summer, it might go down an inch or two and then get another rain that bring it back, a dry summer would be a good bit different.


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CityDad #525445 09/02/20 04:00 PM
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Here's another super important question.

Is there a mega thread somewhere with pics of everyone's ponds and if not.... WTF ARE WE EVEN DOING HERE?


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CityDad #525447 09/02/20 05:08 PM
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I started a thread called "Pond Porn". Welcome to add any pics ya want. It hasnt took off like I thought it would but also some cool pictures on there.


The people who say I can't do it can just sit the @^#% down and watch me. Friends call me Rusto I also subscribe to pond boss mag. http://forums.pondboss.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=504716#Post504716
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RStringer #525517 09/04/20 10:23 AM
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Link it to me baby!

Who else has a MUTT pond? Loving mutt pond thread
TBH this is more interesting to me.

When I get my pond running I want:
1-Good place for wildlife to come
2-Healthy almost self sustaining population of fishies
3-Occasional Food source
4-Lots of fun! Fishies of all shapes and sizes.


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CityDad #525521 09/04/20 10:59 AM
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Sounds like my type of pond. Pond Porn


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CityDad #525531 09/04/20 03:20 PM
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ANyone ever heard of a lender/bank that will finance the construction of a small fish pond? Looking for easier ways of making my dream happen faster


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I mostly havent posted many pictures due to the fact that my iphone takes pictures that are too big to post, have been able to downsize a couple and make them fit but havent found a great way to do it.


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Re: New member/ city kid
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I'm currently financing mine (or at least $7500 of it). When they asked what it was for, I just said we recently moved and needed to buy some stuff for the house (which isn't a lie), so they wrote it up as a home improvement loan. I don't know if the outcome would be any different if I said it was for a pond, but I didn't want to risk it. The lender I use is One Main Financial, and I believe they have them in your area. If you do a secure loan (have a car or something valuable as collateral), they're quick to approve you.

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Steve_ #525750 09/10/20 02:34 PM
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Mmmm interesting steve, thanks! I could likely get a loan of that type from several online banks or my own.

Im starting to facebook shop for cheap things to put in my pond. currently own 10 buckets that will turn into habitation and starting to collect pallets.
In the meantime Im going to put plants in them until they are big enought o go into the ground.

Also- I saw that picture of a fish jumping and eating berries... have any of you planted any kind of tree/bush for that purpose? What kind?

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Originally Posted by CityDad
Im starting to facebook shop for cheap things to put in my pond. currently own 10 buckets that will turn into habitation and starting to collect pallets.
In the meantime Im going to put plants in them until they are big enought o go into the ground.
I'm also doing the same, lol. I plan on hitting up the home improvement store this weekend, and make some PVC structures. I see lots of free or cheap pallets and cinder blocks on Facebook, so I'll probably snag some of them, too. I also need catfish spawning structure, so I'll probably need a large barrel of some kind.

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Also- I saw that picture of a fish jumping and eating berries... have any of you planted any kind of tree/bush for that purpose? What kind?

Not sure what you're referencing, fill me in?

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Is this the picture your are referring to.fish jumping for fruit


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Yes it is.

Also- What are the pros/cons of draining/rebuilding an existing pond that you dont know much about?


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CityDad #525901 09/14/20 10:42 PM
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Another question-

It isn't about ponds its about... creeks and rivers.

Some of the property i'm looking at is bordered by large creeks and rivers.
How can I attract fish to my portion of the property? Would an auto feeder do the trick?

(until I build my pond that is)


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I have a Bayou "feeder creek" to Caddo Lake that passes through the bottom land at my place. Water volume changes can be major during certain times of the year. At other times it never goes dry and will pool up with a small current that runs into the lake. At my place i would not set up a feeder but if i lived there i would try hand feeding for awhile if I could do it daily. There are not a lot of numbers of fish but there are always fish there. I have not tried to catch any but pretty sure there are some Green Sunfish in there along with some native minnows. And I suspect some catfish might be there in some of the deeper pools.

I have thought of adding some of my pond cull's of the lmb to the bayou but never have.

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Link to a picture of the pond/land I'm looking to purchase.

What kind of water test kit, if any, should I bring with me next weekend when I go visit it? If the source of the spring is not obvious is there a way to find it?

How far back should I cut those trees, which types of trees are hazardous to ponds (tannins etc).

There is a well tapped to a spring, which I assume is the same one, how can I determine if they are the same spring or not? How bad is that?

Can anyone interpret the soild data i posted fromthe ounty assessor?

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