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Fertilizing for Fishing Lakes

If you’re used to fertilizing fields for bigger crop yields, you may have already heard of fertilizing ponds as well. 

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Private vs Public Fishing Lakes and Ponds

Building a private fishing lake may seem like a big project just for something to share with friends and family. 

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Choosing a Fish Safe Liner Material when Building a Fishing Lake

Flexible liners solve a lot of the challenges of lining a large fishing lake, but they’re not all equally qualified for the task. 

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Preventing Water Loss with Flexible Liners in a Fishing Lake

Gradual water loss is a silent killer of millions of pounds of fish per year. 

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Structure and Design of the Fishing Lake

The actual design of the fishing lake is more complex than you might think. 

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Proper Fishing Lake Depth when Building a Fishing Lake

Choosing the right depth for the lake is essential to encouraging rapid fish growth and natural reproduction cycles. 

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Water Sources for Fishing Lakes

Careful construction and design will result in a fishing lake that is leak proof as possible. 

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Regulations on New Fishing Ponds and Lakes

The first place to start when planning any new body of water, especially one that will be fed by an existing creek or river, is with the regulating bodies of your county and state. 

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Protecting Fish from Predators and Self-Feeding

Fish fry are a primary food source for a wide range of amphibians, insects, animals, and even the fish themselves.

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The Question of Fertilization and Other Treatments for a Nursery Pond

Fertilizer is generally thought of as something limited to use on land. However, nursery ponds for raising fry and fingerlings are fertilized prior to the addition of new fish.

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Feeding Fry to Fingerling Stages of Growth

Feeding fry properly is the single most challenging part of running a nursery pond. Fry are not easy to feed, and even a steady supply of phytoplankton and other tiny lifeforms can suddenly disappear overnight or fail to keep them thriving.

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Which Liner Material is Right for a Nursery Pond?

Don’t underestimate the number of options you have for lining a nursery pond, even after you decide you want a flexible geomembrane.

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Liners to Prevent Water Loss in Nursery Ponds

While few fish pond owners would try to building rearing or feed-out ponds without a solid liner, these materials are also needed for nursery ponds.

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Flow and Water Change Requirements for Nursery Ponds

Like all fish rearing ponds, nursery ponds require a steady supply of conditioned fresh water and routine water changes.

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Letting Nursery Ponds Dry Between Seasonal Uses

Traditional use of open nursery ponds involved drying out the pond at the end of the season.

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Nursery Requirements for Specific Species of Fish

Nursery ponds are used for many different types of fish who need an open environment with a natural food supply and high water quality.

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How Nursery Ponds Work

Nursery ponds are a subset of rearing ponds that house fish during the most delicate and difficult stages of growth.

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5 Tips for Maintaining Your Koi Pond

Once you’ve built the koi pond of your dreams, you can keep it looking good and requiring few repairs with some basic maintenance steps. 

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Choosing Filtration Methods for a Koi Pond

Each fish produces plenty of waste in the form of ammonia, which is then broken down by bacteria and oxygen into nitrites and then subsequently broken down into nitrates. 

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What Pond Liners are Best for Koi Ponds?

Proper pond liner selection is crucial for koi ponds. While many plants will grow in practically any kind of liner, fish are much more sensitive to chemicals that can leach out from specific flexible and rigid materials. 

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Designing a Koi Pond That’s Easy to Maintain

Now that you know the basics of sizing and designing a koi pond, there’s still a few factors to consider in your project. 

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Protecting Your Fish from Predators

If you’ve never had fish living in your yard or near your business, you may have never seen the many predators that love to snack on expensive koi.

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Picking a Pond Size Based on the Koi You Want to Keep

You’re free to design a koi pond based around the available space in your backyard and then calculate how many fish will fit in that space. 

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Extra Koi Pond Features Worth the Investment

Beyond the basics required for that koi to thrive, there are some optional pond features that are worth considering. 

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What Do Koi Need to Thrive?

As you dive into the fun world of koi, you'll discover that with the proper tools to keep your pond clean and your koi healthy, these fish can be your companions for 20 years or longer.

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