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Benefits of Adding Triploid Grass Carp

Stocking triploid grass carp in your pond can offer several benefits, including: Vegetation Control: Triploid grass carp are voracious herbivores that primarily feed on aquatic vegetation. Stocking them can help control the growth of unwanted weeds and plants in your pond, ensuring a healthier ecosystem and preventing overgrowth that can hinder recreational activities like fishing […]

Stormwater Ponds – The Homeowner’s Role

As homeowners, you play an important role in the overall health and function of the stormwater ponds in your community. While many homeowners purchased “lake front” property, the reality is that these are stormwater ponds which have a purpose. Here we will discuss what a stormwater pond is, its purpose and what your role is […]

Benefits of Aeration in Ponds

An increasing appreciation for our natural resources and awareness of the environment around us has increased the focus on natural water systems that exist in our landscape. Whether it is a farm pond, a recreational fishing lake, or a retention pond that treats stormwater – all of these systems benefit from management. Ponds exhibit a […]

Types of Algae in Ponds

Ponds can host various types of algae, which are often categorized based on their color and growth characteristics. Some common types of algae found in ponds include: Green Algae (Chlorophyta): Green algae are among the most common types found in ponds. They can appear as single-celled organisms or form colonies and can be free-floating or […]

Fish Kills – Why did the fish in my lake die?

Determining the exact cause of fish mortality in a pond can be challenging without detailed information and on-site investigation. There are several potential reasons why fish in a pond might die. Some of the common causes include: Oxygen Depletion: Low oxygen levels are the most common cause of fish kills in ponds. Fish require oxygen […]

Are triploid grass carp beneficial for my lake?

Triploid grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella) are often introduced to lakes and ponds as a method of biological control for aquatic vegetation. These fish are sterile, meaning they cannot reproduce, as they have an extra set of chromosomes (triploid) compared to their diploid counterparts. This sterility is essential because it prevents the grass carp from establishing […]

The Littoral Shelf – Best Management Practices

Having aquatic plants on the littoral shelf, which is the shallow water area near the shoreline of a body of water, provides numerous benefits to both the ecosystem and surrounding environment. Here are some of the key advantages: Erosion control: Aquatic plants, especially those with extensive root systems, help stabilize the shoreline by binding the […]

Benefits of Adding Bacteria in Ponds

Ponds are a beautiful addition to any landscape, but they can also be a lot of work to maintain. Algae growth, murky water, and unpleasant odors can all be common problems associated with ponds. However, one solution to these problems that many pond owners may not be aware of is adding beneficial bacteria to their […]