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close this bookBetter Farming Series 29 - Freshwater Fish Farming: the Pond (FAO, 1981, 43 p.)
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12. Your new pond must be near a good supply of water such as a spring, stream, lake or reservoir with plenty of water all year round.


The new pond must be near a good supply of water

13. You must be sure that you have enough water to fill your pond when it is time to fill it and to add more water when you need it.

14. Do not depend on rain- water to fill your pond. When it does not rain, there may not be enough water to keep your pond full the fish may die.


Do not depend on rain- water to fill the pond

15. Your water must come from a place that is higher than the pond so that the water will flow into the pond by itself.


The water must flow into the pond by itself

16. The water should not have a bad smell, taste or colour. It should not be too muddy.

17. The water should not have wild fish in it. You do not want wild fish in your pond because they may eat your fish or keep them from growing.

18. Water from a natural spring close to the pond site is usually good and there will not be wild fish in it.

19. Water from a stream or from a lake or reservoir is usually good but it may have wild fish in it. You will have to be careful that the wild fish do not swim into your pond.