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  1. 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 large flocks...
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  2. Pond Aeration

    Pond Aeration
    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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  3. How To Control Pond Muck

    How To Control Pond Muck
    How To Control Pond Muck What is the pond “muck”? Muck and sludge that builds up on the bottom of your lake or pond consist 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...
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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Winter Fish Kill in Ponds and Lakes

    Winter Fish Kill in Ponds and Lakes
    A “Fish Kill” is an event where large numbers of fish die in a pond or lake. Sometimes a fish kill indicates a problem in the pond or lake, other times a sudden fish die off can be caused by a series of natural events that when combined cause oxygen levels to drop below the acceptable level for some or all of the fish species to survive. Fish kills can be caused by a variety of factors, most often though suffocation due to the depletion of dissolved oxygen is the ultimate cause. Oxygen can be depleted by many factors: extreme...
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  7. Pond Stocking Fish and Stocking Rates

    Pond Stocking Fish and Stocking Rates
    Pond Packages and Stocking Rates*** PACKAGE PRICES WILL VARY DUE TO SIZE, AVAILIBILITY AND SPAWNING TIMES SHIPPING AND TRUCK DELIVERY AVAILABLE THESE PACKAGES ARE OFTEN STOCKED OVER A 2 YEAR PERIOD BUT IF FORAGE IS INCREASED MAY BE DONE IN ONE SEASON **CUSTOMER MUST PRESENT RECEIPTS FOR DISCOUNT CONTACT YOUR LOCAL FISHERIES DEPARTMENT FOR FARM POND STOCKING PERMITS AND REGULATIONS PACKAGES ARE PAID AS YOU GO AND NOT GENNERALLY PURCHASED ALL AT ONCE. ¼ ACRE POND PACKAGE APPROXIMATELY 100' X 100' OR 120' DIAMETER ½ ACRE POND PACKAGE APPROXIMATELY 150' X 150' OR 160' DIAMETER 1 QUART DAPHNIA 1000+ MIXED...
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  8. Pond Dye -Why Use It?

    Pond Dye -Why Use It?
    Why Use Pond Dye From Smith Creek Fish Farm? (Besides the FREE SHIPPING) Many garden centers and agricultural supply stores sell consumer grade pond dye products. This may be convenient, but NOT your best value. Most pond dye, either gallon or quart are rated at 1-2 million gallon treatments per bottle. Ultimately you must refer to the individual label for proper dosage. The pond and lake professionals at Smith Creek Fish Farm can assist with calculating your pond or lake volume if needed. One Acre (43, 560 Square Feet) one foot deep is equal to 325,851 U.S. gallons Generally Pond Dye are...
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  9. Preventing Common Pond Problems

    Preventing Common Pond Problems
    Preventing Common Pond Problems The early spring is the start of your pond maintenance season. Natural and normal pond biological processes may cause your lake or pond to be undesirable for your usage. Starting in the early spring pond nutrients and muck start to feed the algae and weeds that will be a problem come August. As the sun creeps higher in the sky the growing season begins. Investing in an Aeration System is always the best way to spend money on a piece of equipment that will pay you back year after year! Pond Dye is your first product you will add...
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  10. Step by Step How to keep pond water clear

    Step by Step How to keep pond water clear
    How to Keep Pond Water Clear A common problem with new and old ponds and lakes is cloudy water. Cloudy pond water is caused by a variety of factors or combinations of factors. To clarify pond water we must first determine what is the root cause of the cloudiness. Not all products or methods will work for all situations. We carry an assortment professional products and equipment that will clear cloudy water: Aeration, Pond Dye, Algaecides, Pond Fountains, Beneficial Pond Bacteria, Alum, 2 Part Clarifier with Aluminum Sulfate and Liquid Clarifiers. Accurate surface area and depth measurements will allow you to accurately make calculations for...
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