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Fishery management for pond owners

Fisheries Management for Pond Owners

Many pond owners focus on fish growth and consider fish a primary reason they invest in a property with a pond. However, some may use a “stock and forget” approach to the fish they add to their waterbody. If done right and fisheries aren’t necessarily your management focus this isn’t necessarily bad since fish can…

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Stock fish management and pond maintenance

Clean Shorelines & Happier Fish

Have you ever noticed that there are particular areas in your lake where you seem to be able to catch more fish than others? Have you considered what might be going on to create these “honey-holes”? The answer, most likely, is habitat. Fish of all types need habitat (structure) that create opportunities for them. Many…

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Milfoil control and algae control from Aqua Doc

Innovations in Milfoil Control

Watermilfoil, oftentimes simply referred to as Milfoil, is a group of submersed aquatic plants. One of the most common members of this group in the US is actually an invasive species introduced through the aquarium trade in the 1950’s, Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum). This plant species is known for its feather-like leaves and its ability…

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Stock fish waiting to be fed

How Often Should You Feed Fish in Winter Months?

  The cold of winter in northern states is a slow and sluggish time for ponds and lakes. During this time, your fish are conserving their energy in a more dormant state, while metabolism is reduced; almost to a halt. This includes fish who are usually hanging out in the water column and not necessarily…

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Winterizing Your Watergarden

Watergardens are not only amazing features that add style and ambiance to any location, but they’re also small ecosystems that can house a number of different species of both plants and animals. In today’s blog, the pond experts at AQUA DOC will go over what you should do in the winter to help your pond…

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Phragmites

  The Frog Blog Aquatic Weed Wednesday Aquatic Weed Wednesday is upon us once again! Today, we will take a look at an emergent aquatic plant commonly found around ponds, wetlands, and other water bodies: Common reed (Phragmites australies) Phragmites australis: pronounced (fræɡˈmaɪˌtiːz /australis/) is known as the common reed or Eurasian reed and is…

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Keeping Fish: How Many is too Many?

Like any eco-system, water gardens need to be in balance. A good balance of water, flora and fauna will result in a healthy ecosystem. However, water gardens that are out of balance suffer from many problems, many of which can be attributed to an overpopulation of fish. Fish are a wonderful addition to a water…

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The Effects of Road Salt on Your Pond

During harsh winter months, tons of rock salt will be spread over the nation’s roads and highways to melt the snow and ice. Rock salt, or road salt, is inexpensive and it works. Rock salt is sodium chloride, a natural product that essentially the same as the salt on your dinner table. However, problems arise…

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What on Earth is That Blob in My Pond?

If you have seen one of these in your pond, you’ve seen a phylactolaemate bryozoan, an animal that has inhabited our planet for millions of years. Though there are several thousand species of bryozoan, the phylactolaemate bryozoan is exclusively found in freshwater and, currently, there less than a hundred named species. Bryozoans make their home…

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How do I measure the surface acres of my pond?

Measuring the surface acreage of your pond is going to differ depending on the shape.  Use the following formulas to help you. Rectangular or Square Pond – Length x Width / 43,560 Example: for a pond that is 100 feet long by 50 feet wide – 100 x 50 = 5000 sq. ft. 5000/43,560=.115 surface…

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