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    Fish pond suggestions.

    Good morning all ,
    I am writing on behalf of a friend who has bought 4 rai of land near Ubon with the intention of building a house and a large fish pond - for a possible fish farming venture in the future .
    He has asked for MY input , hence my letter to YOU.
    His main concern is that the pond will turn out to be an eye-sore rather than a feature of the land .
    I appreciate that he will never get the water crystal clear , but has anyone any suggestions as to the best way to prevent it from becoming just a hole in the ground with dirty brown water in it.
    P.S. If any of YOUR suggestions earn ME a free drink off him , CHEERS.
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    Never seen a fish farm pond with clear water only tanks

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    ^^The guy you'll want to talk to on this is Dalton. Somewhat of an expert on this kind of thing I think.

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    Go to Google Earth.
    Zoom down to about 2,000 feet above ground level.
    Have a look around Ubon -- specifically near where he's going to build.
    Look at the ponds.

    That's what he can expect.

    Google Earth has done a lot of updates on rural Thailand recently. I've spent 10+ hours exploring over the past few days. Update before you go searching. Happy hunting.

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    A mate has a fairly clean water pond I havent seen it but the wife did and was well impressed with the colour of the water. He is not here in Thailand at the moment so he is not much help. but I know his dam only has one run in where the water comes in and he built some type dirt trap. Also there must be a product around that you could put in to drop any solids out of the water ?

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    Ponds have muddy water, unless you live in a hard rock area

    they are not an eyesore like that, esp if you plant around the edges to make it look more natural

    if it is a farm, then the appearance is insignificant; the fishes will stir up the mud continuously anyway

    mind you, if it is possible to make the water clear in an environmentally friendly way, I want to know too!
    I have reported your post

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    He would have to put in a liner for clear water.A healthy pond, is usually where you can put your arm in the water, and you can see your hand, if the water reaches your elbow. The water should preferably be a bit green. But a filtration system, along with aeration would do a dirt pond good too. Should Google pond construction, lots of info.

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    I think I'm gonna try putting in a small pond and water fall with the plants around it. But not until 6 months or so down the road. Ciao!

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    Thanks to every one .
    Your letters have been a great help . Will give you an update later .

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    did anyone warn him not to get upset if bkkmaddie tells him that he has Koi in his ponds?

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    does he? he said it is not built yet, so they must be very clever fishies

    and Koi are the best

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    Quote Originally Posted by mellow
    Should Google pond construction, lots of info.
    How could I miss that......

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    does he? he said it is not built yet, so they must be very clever fishies
    probably, but the OP will deny it for sure.,

    clever or not, still worthy of a flounce!

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    clear ponds

    Well natural ones will disclor
    If you build from plastic liner then concrete
    More of a water feature
    You can place boulders pebbles etc
    once you introduce organic life waste products need management
    Check some of the inside ponds in swanky hotels
    Its possible but why would you want crystal pond unless you pplan bathing washing etc where you are into chlorination cleaning filtration big footprint and big monwey
    Chok dee

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    I thought I would use this thread as a vehicle.

    can a pond be set up as set and forget with some fish in it ?

    what are the biggest issues ( apart from somchai thieves ) to fish in a pond ?

    I saw a mention somewhere of putting an electric light on the pond so the insects will gather at night and the fish in the pond will feed - is this nonsensical ? could you just strap a solar powered garden light to a bamboo pole in the middle of the pond and let it do the job ?

    for the cleaning of the water could you use a wind driven pump to suck water out of the pond into a sand pit and then let the water gravity feed back into the pond - change the sand every 3-6 months etc ?

    anyone with experience - please share

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    I'm going to start a pond thread tomorrow, spent the morning working on my land and I think its time to make the pond look pretty, but I need stuff that wont get knicked and wont turn the place into a jungle, shall take some pictures tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick View Post
    I thought I would use this thread as a vehicle.

    can a pond be set up as set and forget with some fish in it ?

    what are the biggest issues ( apart from somchai thieves ) to fish in a pond ?

    I saw a mention somewhere of putting an electric light on the pond so the insects will gather at night and the fish in the pond will feed - is this nonsensical ? could you just strap a solar powered garden light to a bamboo pole in the middle of the pond and let it do the job ?

    for the cleaning of the water could you use a wind driven pump to suck water out of the pond into a sand pit and then let the water gravity feed back into the pond - change the sand every 3-6 months etc ?

    anyone with experience - please share
    I think the light on top of the water will work, but don't know if the battery one would draw enough insects. You could get those solar garden lights and put them round the edge.

    The more you feed the fish, the more they poo, which means more filtering is necessary. The greater the density the more aeration and filtration, so if you don't have too many fish it's OK.

    The tilapia varities do well in 'green water' living on the microscopic organisms. Many farmers just add fingerlings at the start of the rainy season and the remove the fish in a few months.

    We've just built a plastic lined pond and added tub-tim (red tilapia). These taste good a look nice too. I use water from the pond on our garden, as it's good poo and other nutrients. I then top the pond up from the well. This way the pond gets clean water and the plants get fertilised.

    There is a great thread in the gardening forum about pond building.

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