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close this bookBetter Farming Series 30 - Better Freshwater Fish Farming: the Fish (FAO, 1981, 48 p.)
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View the documentTaking care of your pond

Fertilizing the water In your pond

15. You can fertilize the water in your new pond with

· compost made with animal manure
· compost made with plant material e animal manure
· plant material.

16. You can fertilize your new pond with animal or plant compost in the same way as you did with your old small pond.

17. Items 56 to 66, in Booklet No. 27, tell you how to make animal compost. If you do not have animal manure, you can fertilize your pond with compost made with plant material.

18. To make compost with plant material make a compost pile using layers of grass, chopped leaves or other plant material mixed with a little topsoil and damp it with water to make it rot faster.


Make a compost pile

19. But to make compost takes a lot of time and work. It takes about a month to make it.

20. If you want to save time and work and you have plenty of animal manure, instead of fertilizing with compost fertilize with fresh animal manure mixed with fresh plant material. This is easier and quicker.

21. You can use the manure of chickens, pigs and cows to fertilize your pond or you can make a mixture of two or more kinds of manure.


Use manure

22. Your fish will grow better if you fertilize your pond with compost made with animal manure or with fresh animal manure mixed with fresh plant material.

23. If you do not want to take time to make compost with plant material, you can also put fresh plant material in the crib to fertilize your pond. But if you do this, it will take longer for your pond to be ready.