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Sometimes the most mundane details are overlooked when you’re getting ready for a big project.
The intent of a stocking pond is to have an environment that is as conducive as possible for fish growth and survival, no matter what the ultimate purpose of the pond might be.
A balanced ecosystem is key to a thriving, long-lasting, fish stocking pond. But what exactly does that entail?
The number of fish depends on the size of the pond.
A great deal of study has gone into the recommendations for fish to stock in a private pond.
You may also want to introduce minnows and/or catfish to your pond.
The long-term success of a fish stocking pond depends on the relationships established between the fish and the pond habitat.
Not all lining material is created equal. Although pre-shaped rigid liners exist, they are not normally what you would choose for your fish stocking pond.
A fish stocking pond can be as basic as a large metal drum filled with water and a few plants, but that would certainly not be aesthetically pleasing.
Fish stocking ponds planned for private land are routinely regulated by state and municipal authorities.
Fish, as almost everyone knows, are almost always hatched from eggs that range from almost microscopic, about a millimeter in size, to the size of a small orange pea in the case of some salmon eggs.
Stocking fish of the right size and species, at the best time of year, in ponds that have the most favorable conditions for their survival, only makes good sense.
Obviously, fish stocking is a tool for fisheries managements.
Fish stocking is an old practice, and it is used throughout the world in an effort to restore dwindling fish populations in rivers and streams.