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Draining the pond can be done several ways, and some quicker than others
Late fall and early winter is a good time for pond management, such as removing silt to make the pond deeper, vegetation control, or to get rid of unwanted fish species. This often requires draining...
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A pond with a deteriorating shoreline will eventually have decreased water quality
The shoreline around a pond is just as critical as the water in it. If soil is allowed to wash in through erosion, the water becomes murky and affects habitat for fish and other aquatic species. If...
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Hydrilla can take over the pond if not controlled
You don't want Hydrilla taking over your pond. It's a nasty water weed, and can become a tangled mess. Greg Lutz is an aquaculture professor at Louisiana State University's...
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If rainclouds don't do the filling for you, there are other options
Most farm ponds are dependent on runoff from a watershed area to fill and maintain water levels. Unfortunately, when there's no rainfall to provide the surface water, a pond dries up, and you may...
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Low water is just one problem your pond may have after a drought
Low water is just one problem your pond may have after a drought. Checking pH and oxygen levels in your pond after a drought may determine if it thrives. Do what you can to balance between water...
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There are several things to consider before purchasing a unit
Radio interview source: Bob Lusk, Fisheries Biologist, Pond Boss Magazine Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below Many ponds have enough natural food sources for fish, so...
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Drought takes a severe toll on ponds. It may seem like your pond is a goner, but there are several advantages to having a low water level.
Drought has ravaged many ponds around the country. Water levels have dropped so much in some ponds, they look like mere puddles. That is shocking to look at, but there are positives in the situation...
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If you transfer wild fish to your pond, you're risking disease and other problems
Radio interview source: Dr. Andy Goodwin, Professor of Fish Pathology, University of Arkansas Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below Fish that are stocked in farm ponds should come...
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Spillways are essential in creating and maintaining a pond. And when they leak, they need to be fixed as soon as possible.
The call for help usually goes something like this, “We’ve got a pond that used to hold water, but this summer it’s way down.” After eliminating drought or water supply as the...
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Bass are fun to catch, but for success they have to be well-managed.
Interview source: Greg Lutz, Professor of Aquaculture, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center                      ...

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