RE: NANFA-- newbie question

Jay DeLong (
Sun, 16 Jun 2002 23:01:16 -0700

> 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
> freeze.

Your pond sounds pretty shallow. I used to play field hockey on frozen farm
ponds just an hour east of Cincinnati. You'll get a frozen pond when the
weather is really cold, but have you thought about aeration to prevent
freezing when it's just moderately cold? Or just seine up your fish for the

It can look ugly, but netting will work for herons, especially low around
the shoreline because they're wading birds. If you have kingfishers, then
netting all over the pond. Really, though, I think to have a problem with
these birds you'll first have to acclimate them to the pond with a constant,
abundant and easy source of food, and it doesn't sound like you're doing
this anyway.

You may get uninvited snapping turtles, too.

Jay DeLong
Olympia, WA
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