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  1. Keeping Pond Muck at Bay

    Keeping Pond Muck at Bay
    A common problem that almost every homeowner with a pond has faced, or will face, is pond muck. Pond muck is a smelly, squishy product of natural pond and lake eutrophication. eu·troph·i·ca·tion  yo͞oˌträfəˈkāSH(ə)n/ noun excessive richness of nutrients in a lake or other body of water, frequently due to runoff from the land, which causes a dense growth of plant life and death of animal life from lack of oxygen. Muck clouds up the water, suffocates pond life, and makes your pond unappealing to swim and fish in. Every healthy pond has a layer of good and  beneficial bacteria at...
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  2. Keep Algae Under Control with the Help of Trapdoor Snails

    Keep Algae Under Control with the Help of Trapdoor Snails
    Is your pond being overrun by thick, green algae this summer? If so, Smith Creek Fish Farm has a great solution that you may not have considered yet: Trapdoor Snails. These slimy creatures help promote a balanced ecosystem and are a fairly non-invasive species when compared to other egg laying snails you may employ. A brief introduction on these snails: Japanese Black Trapdoor Snail (Viviparis Malleatus) is the preferred species of snail for recreational and professional pond and water gardeners world-wide. Algae-eating trapdoor snails are one of the few snail varieties that can over-winter well and survive in harsh northern...
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  3. Three Important Summer Pond Maintenance Tips

    Three Important Summer Pond Maintenance Tips
    As the weather grows warmer during the summer season, so does the temperature of your pond water. And while we all enjoy the opportunity that summer weather provides us to get outside and enjoy the outdoor activities we love, it is important to remember that the fish and plant-life within your pond are just as warm as you are. Avoid Overfeeding Pay close attention to how much you are feeding your fish during the hot summer months, as they are prone to over-eat due to increased activity. The use of an automatic fish feeder system can be used to manage...
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  4. Pond Construction Considerations

    Pond Construction Considerations
    Things to Consider When Constructing a Pond Creating ponds as aesthetic and recreational amenities or as water sources for agricultural have requirements that must be considered. One must consider various site conditions when planning for a pond to ensure a suitable location. Be sure to check on federal, state and local requirements before you start to dig. Most pond projects will benefit from technical and regulatory expertise. What is your water source? An adequate water source is needed to maintain water levels. A supply is available from four types of sources. Overland drainage Surface runoff from precipitation or a flowing spring traveling...
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  5. How To Get Rid Of Geese

    How To Get Rid Of Geese
    How to Use Pond Habitat Modification to Control Canada Geese   Canada or Canadian Geese (Branta canadensis) are recognized as a seasonal reminder that the seasons are changing. In and around rural areas, the Canada Goose has become a reminder that you need to watch where you step! Due to their exceptional adaptability to human-modified environments and their bold attitude, the Canada Goose has moved into populated areas. The preferred rural habitat is often centered around a pond or lake with areas of surrounding manicured grass.   A few visiting geese are often welcomed as migrating wildlife, but when the...
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  6. How to Choose a Pond Aeration System

    How to Choose a Pond Aeration System
    How Do I Choose a Pond Aeration System? Many of my discussions with customers often start with the pond or lake owner telling us that their pond is “X” feet deep, spring fed and “Y” acres. My followup question is “what are the dimensions?” Hence, this is how we start the conversation of whether or not they need pond aeration. Aeration Benefits all Ponds and Lakes All ponds will benefit from aeration, this is a fact. There are a few variables that will determine what type of pond aeration will give you the best results in your situation and value for your money...
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  7. How To Control Pond Muck

    How To Control Pond Muck
    How To Control Pond Muck What is pond “muck”? Muck and sludge that builds up on the bottom of you lake or pond consists of decaying weeds, algae and other material, like leaves, that are slowly decomposing. In other words a huge "compost pile" on the bottom of your pond which is not only makes swimming unpleasant due to the stink when you walk in it and stir it up. This accumulation of muck provides nutrients to feed all the pond weeds and algae that contribute to the destruction of your beautiful pond. Getting rid of the "compost pile" is...
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  8. How to Rid Your Pond of Leeches

    How to Rid Your Pond of Leeches
    Leeches are small, flat, dark segmented worms with small sucking organs at both ends. Leeches can range in size from a quarter inch to 6 inch dream haunting monsters. They have a reputation for being aggressive, blood sucking parasites, but can also be an important food source for fish and other aquatic organisms. Leeches are also great as bait. Leeches are found in shallow waters of ponds, lakes, streams and marshes. Leeches have both male and female reproductive organs, allowing them to reproduce at an extremely fast rate. Many species of leaches are found in ponds and lakes, feeding on living...
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  9. Late Summer Pond Issues

    Late Summer Pond Issues
    Treating Mid Summer Pond and Lake issues can be done effectively in summer. Algae, Pond Weeds and muck around the pond or lake and in swimming areas.
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  10. What is a Grass Carp

    What is a Grass Carp
    What is a grass carp? The grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella) is one of the largest members of the minnow family, commonly reaching weights in excess of 25 pounds. Native to the rivers of eastern China and the Soviet Union, it has been introduced into over 50 countries worldwide due to its uncanny ability to control a wide variety of aquatic plant species. Although they are related to both common carp and goldfish, distinct differences exist both in appearance and feeding habits. Grass carp lack the barbels and spiny dorsal and anal fin rays characteristic of goldfish and common carp, bearing...
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