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close this bookBetter Farming Series 27 - FreshWater Fish Farming: How to Begin (FAO, 1979, 43 p.)
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Where to put your fish pond

16. You must choose a good place to put your pond.

17. Remember that a pond for fish is only one use for your land. Be careful not to build a pond on land that could be better used for something else.

18. It is best to choose a piece of land that has a gentle slope.

19. Do not build your pond on a steep hill or where it can be flooded in the rainy season.

20. Choose a sunny place for your pond, close to your home so people will not come and take your fish away.

The place for the pond

Near your home it is also easier to take care of the fish.

21. The pond should be near water such as a stream or a spring, or in marshy ground where the water in the soil will fill up your pond.

The water must fill up the pond

22. The soil in the place you choose must be good for a fish pond.

23. To test if you have good soil, take a handful of soil from the surface and squeeze it into a ball.

24. Throw the ball of soil into the air and catch it.

Testing the soil

25. If it sticks together it is good soil and will held water well.

26. Bad soil with sand or gravel in it will not stick together and will not held water.

27. Now dig a hole as deep as your waist and test the soil from the bottom of the hole in the same way as before.

Testing the soil

28. If the soil from the surface is good, and the soil from the bottom is good, this is a good place to dig your pond.