NANFA-- newbie question

Dennis Kramb (
Sat, 15 Jun 2002 14:42:21 -0400

I've been lurking for a short while to see what kinds of things y'all
talk about. I must say it's mostly over my head! Euryhaline or
diadromous indeed. :) Anyway, I decided to jump in & introduce
myself, and ask my questions.

I live near Cincinnati, Ohio on an acre lot out in the country. Last
year I built a pond which is 40 ft. x 12 ft. and varies in depth from
about 15" to 30". In the garden I grow native plants (trees, shrubs,
wildflowers, etc.). I also grow native lotus in my pond.

I would love to add some native fish. Do you think the pond is deep
enough? I am worried #1 about protection from predators (herons,
raccoons, grizzly bears, etc.) and #2 about protection from winter

If it is big enough, what fish would you recommend? I'm mostly
interested in mosquito control, but it would be nice to have
something showy too. I don't want koi! The pond is made with a
flexible liner. There is no sand, nor rocks, nor anything on the
bottom... just flexible black liner. Don't know if substrate will be
an issue?

Any feedback would be most appreciated!

Dennis (who doesn't really have grizzly bears in his pond)
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