Pond Management and Weed Control
Download print-versions of the following Aquaculture Publications:
- How to choose a site and excavate a pond in Florida(67KB pdf) - provides information on planning, site investigation, construction and management considerations.
- How to Start a Pond for Aquaculture (153KB pdf) - covers the basic procedures for the start-up of small fish production.
- Managing Florida Ponds for Fishing (102KB pdf) - Ponds that consistently produce good catches of fish require the proper stocking of the correct species and number of fish, a balanced harvest of mature fish, good water quality, and proper aquatic vegetation management. Professor Chuck Cichra shows you how.
Weed Control in NW Florida Ponds
- Weed Control in Florida Ponds - a large, comprehensive publication that sheds light on all factors of weed control
- Control of Duckweed in Florida Ponds with Herbicide (187KB pdf)
- Control of Duckweed and other aquatic weeds in Florida Ponds with Grass Carp (558KB pdf)
- Algae Control in Florida Ponds with Copper Sulfate (169KB pdf)
- Use of Lime in small farm ponds (395KB pdf) - Most of the time, alkalinity - the ability of the water to buffer against large changes in pH - is not high enough in Taylor County ponds. So, add agricultural-grade dolomitic lime from local sources
Contact Taylor County Extension Marine Agent, Geoff Wallat for a field evaluation of your pond at (850) 838-3508.
Local Aquaculture and pond equipment suppliers
- Hicks Feed and Garden Center
114 S. Jefferson St, Perry
- Madison Farmer's Coop
924 S. Horry St, Madison, FL
- Waukeenah Farm Supply
Monticello, FL 32344
- Mayo Fertilizer
Mayo, FL 32066
- Huffman & Gilmore Feed Seed
200 4th St NW, Live Oak, FL 32064
- Helena Chemical
12614 NW 77th Terrace Hwy 441 S, Alachua, FL 32615
Duckweed is a common problem in small ponds in Taylor County
Filamentous algae is another problem for small pond owners in Taylor County. Copper Sulfate is typically the cure, but only if alkalinity is high enough!
A permit is required for the purchase of grass carp in Florida. Visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) grass carp information page here for application, information and carp sources. Go directly to the FWC grass carp permit application form here
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