Building a pond for water storage to water the garden, crops or even the house is great and don’t forget the countless recreation activities.
When WhatPond was built its main purpose was for water storage, swimming and adding fish to one day go fishing for the big one. As you have seen the pictures during the construction it is basically a bowl (see earlier posts). With all the sides being smooth and nothing else but wide open spaces.
After some thought we decided to put in a few large apple tree branches for the little fry and bait fish to hang out and not be eaten by the bigger fish until they have matured enough.
Why do we need structures for fish habitat?
Imagine taking a walk in the woods, your being quite so you can hear and see some of nature’s wildlife. Looking up in the trees after hearing squirrel, you see it only for a brief second as he jumps to another branch and disappears behind the tree. Then as soon as the squirrel came about there is a deer out in front of you, again a split second later the deer has vanished. But if you take this wildlife out to the desert … where can they hide? They can’t blend into their natural habitat and stick out like a sore thumb.
So back to the fish habitat in the pond, can you see the likeness now under the water’s surface? Having no habitat or structures is the same as the deer and squirrel being out in the desert. By adding habitat and structures for the fish to hide from predators and for the predators to ambush their prey we’ve created a little eco system of the food chain.
Habitat structures can be just about anything, like a Christmas tree weighted down by a cement block, milk crates, pipes bundled together, a pile of rocks and stack up 4 or 5 pallets and tie them together, float them out to your desired area and start adding cement blocks until the skids sink. You could also add the plastic snow fence around the pallets (skids) to make the access smaller to allow the smaller fish a chance to grow.
If you are building a new pond and have the time and money for the extra dirt work leave a mound of fill dirt then cut a trench thru it with the backhoe, picture an upside down bowl cut in two pieces and separate them leaving a trench or ditch between the 2 halves of the bowl. Sort of creating your own reef or honey hole.
There are pre-made structures where they just need dropped in the desired location and other than that require a little work to bend into the shape of your desire to resemble a tree.
I would like to show you what a fellow has come up with on his own using recycled vinyl siding and yes we have them in the pond and observed the small in the aquarium over winter with the Blue Gill. The blue Gill found their own little branch and hung out there till morning or once they’ve eaten went to their place to rest. Monster, is what we called the largest of the Blue Gill couldn’t fit into an area to rest and had a hard time chasing the smaller ones around the structure,. We could see how this would help the small guys survive since the bigger ones couldn’t reach them, that was an interesting winter.
There are pre-made structures where they just need dropped in the desired location, other than that require a little work to bend into the shape of your desire to resemble a tree. David Ewald owner and inventor of Fishiding products and fishiding.com has put a lot of time and research into his product and passed a lot of the nay sayers that said it wouldn’t work, but not to go off on a tangent we’ll leave that alone for now.
Here at WhatPond we are glad to say we teamed up with Fishiding and offer their products in our store. The newest and greatest invention is the feeding stations. The feed bag is just that a feed bag to produce food from the pond nutrients or a better idea is the Hangout which includes the feed bag and artificial limbs to protect the small guys.
in the store we have options to purchase one or multiples of each unit even starter packs of 6 or 12 structures. One of the key setups for a successful fishing spot is to place structures in a triangle spacing them 3 to 5′ apart or in a line from shallow to deep keeping the structures almost touching to provide enough cover for the fry and forage fish but enough space for the predators to catch a meal at times.
These fish structures are not in our new store at this time if you are interested or have questions please feel free to contact us.