A pond left alone won’t always maintain itself. Continual production of healthy fish requires some attention. Here are some steps you can take to keep your pond and fish thriving:
Take a survey of the current fish population
Test water quality
Ensure proper nutrition is available
Treat elevated nutrients present in water
Reduce overpopulated fish species
Increase dissolved oxygen levels
The best starting point is to determine what your fish population is like. What fish are you seeing or catching in the pond? Think about what is most important to you. Do you want to catch big bass? Do you like to catch lots of fish? Do you like to eat a certain type of fish? These answers direct the fish management path that you take.
Water testing tells many things about your pond! Knowing water quality parameters gives you a professional edge when managing your water. You can make sound decisions on treatments rather than guessing what to buy or when to treat.
Growing big fish requires proper nutrition. Small feeder fish and pellet food can be used together or separately, but it is important that ample food is available. The first year of growth is the most vital. Older fish with stunted growth will not yield results like young fish with an established food chain. If you haven’t considered pellet feed before, here is something to think about- two pounds of premium feed produces one pound of fish growth! For comparison, it takes ten pounds of forage fish to yield one pound of predator fish growth. WOW!!
What role do nutrients play in fish management? Nutrients like ammonia, nitrate, and phosphate reduce water quality. When fish are stressed from poor water quality, growth and population numbers are impacted. Nutrient reduction can be achieved by introducing good bacteria and enzymes.
In order to grow bigger “trophy” fish, harvesting must occur. When a pond is overcrowded with fish, this restricts growth. By harvesting excess fish, whether thats an overabundance of adolescent fish, or older fish with stunted growth, this allows growing fish to thrive.
Equipping the pond with a properly sized pond aerator helps sustain all levels of life in the pond. Aeration also extends the life of the pond itself by enhancing the vigorous biological activity.
Every pond is different and so are the management goals of its owner. We are here to help you customize a fish management plan to meet your needs. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org