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About the author: Darrell Rhoades is the founder of A one man business, works full time in tool & die. It all started when he built his own pond for the family. Ran into pond issues and started the research with pond suppliers and conferences for pond management. He writes about pond building and pond management and sells pond management supplies, aeration & fountains and Practical hands on experiences at . No physical store, but has items in stock.

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  • frankesilver Sep 5, 2015 @ 10:43

    Darrell, without your help this pond would never have been built. your professionalism and knowledge are second to none. I have eight pounds of bullheads and 60 bluegill in the pond already, this fall I will add the bass. I cant thank you enough. frank

  • Darrell Rhoades Sep 6, 2015 @ 7:41

    Thank you Frank. Please do not add fish in the pond until spring, The fatheads would be fine but new fish will need time to put some weight on for the long inter months when they slow down and don’t eat very much they use their body weight to help survive and eat very little. I’m afraid you would have a lot of dead fish by spring. Wait until the water is up to around 60 this coming spring and add the fish then. This way they have a ll summer to grow and get acclimated to the pond before having to endure the harsh winter months.

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