Feeding Fish and not Harvesting Them can Lead to Water Degradation :: Bob Lusk Outdoors

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Feeding Fish and not Harvesting Them can Lead to Water Degradation

We’ve received reports of large catfish and some bluegill dying in small ponds.  In most cases, water quality issues rather than oxygen depletion cause these incidents.

 

Feeding fish and not harvesting them can lead to water degradation.  This occurs when water receives more waste than it can process.  It may be from increased waste while feeding fish, organic matter like grass clippings, or fertilizer washing in from surrounding terrain.

 

Without recirculation, water becomes too dirty for a healthy environment.  The biggest, oldest, weakest fish die first.  The answer?  Consider aeration.  Columns of diffused air bubbles lift stagnant water to the surface.  Exposure to air and sunlight recycles the water and increases pond productivity.  Let’s discuss the best aeration system for your fishery.

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