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#557642 04/21/23 12:43 PM
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I'm wondering if the white plastic laundry baskets for $2 at WALMART would be good habitat? They have rows of 2" x 3" slots. Two connected and weighted seem like they work.
They also have black plastic file boxes with rows of round 2" holes for $7.
I plan to build some habitat by stacking four or five cinder blocks. Obviously I'm wanting inexpensive habitat for a new pond being built soon.

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I think one of the best value additions is to put some weed fabric underneath any "heavy" habitat items you are putting in the pond. Otherwise, your cinder block habitat may slowly sink into the pond bottom.

I do like your laundry basket idea. Maybe just weight them with a mix of pea gravel and sand and they could perform double duty as spawning beds. (Maybe clip out a few of the slats to make a few entry points for the "right" size of fish.)

I also think construction sites could be a good place to pick up some free habitat material. If you get a friendly crew and they trust you are not casing the site, they might let you pick up conduit scraps, broken tiles, etc.

Good luck on your pond improvements!

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TEC, Rod offers good advice. Also you might consider darker structures, as there are reports that fish don't like white.

Best of luck, and be sure to mark them well!


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The issues that I've had with the smaller openings in the plastic objects (snow fence included) is that if you don't control the FA in the pond, it will grow enough to obstruct all the openings.


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Are you going to put them upside down to protect small fish?


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One would think some of them laundry baskets or file boxes, even milk crates, tied together with zipties, top to top, with a brick or rock inside them for sinking, should work great. you might be on to something!


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