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Stock My Pond in Licking, Missouri

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019
May
2
10:00 am

Stock My Pond in Licking, MissouriStock My Pond in Licking, Missouri

Looking for pond stocking in Licking, Missouri? Stock My Pond visits Hammond Feed in Licking, Missouri. The truck will have channel cat, largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, hybrid bluegill, red ear bream, fathead minnows, and grass carp.  Find out more on our website.   The truck provides containers for all fish but the 11″ channel cats, so please bring your own containers for them.

It is not necessary to pre-order the fish, but if you are looking for a large quantity we suggest you call.  Questions?  Call Stock My Pond at 501-676-3768.

Hammond Feed
215 E HWY 32
Licking, Missouri
(573) 674-3477

Pond Stocking in Harrisonville, MO

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

Pond Stocking in Harrisonville, MO Who’s ready for pond stocking in Harrisonville, MO? Stock My Pond visits Family Center Farm & Home in Harrisonville, MO. The truck will have channel cat, largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, hybrid bluegill, red ear bream, fathead minnows, and grass carp.  Find out what type and size fish we offer on our website.   The truck provides containers for all fish but the 11″ channel cats, so please bring your own containers for them.

It is not necessary to pre-order the fish, but if you are looking for a large quantity we suggest you call.  If you have questions, call Stock My Pond at 501-676-3768

Family Center Farm & Home

2601 Cantrell Road
Harrisonville, MO
(816) 380-7282

Pond Stocking in St. Joseph, MO

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

Pond Stocking in St. Joseph, MOWho’s ready for pond stocking in St. Joseph, MO? Stock My Pond visits Family Center Farm & Home in St. Joseph, MO. The truck will have channel cat, largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, hybrid bluegill, red ear bream, fathead minnows, and grass carp.  Find out what type and size fish we offer on our website.   The truck provides containers for all fish but the 11″ channel cats, so please bring your own containers for them.

It is not necessary to pre-order the fish, but if you are looking for a large quantity we suggest you call.  If you have questions, call Stock My Pond at 501-676-3768

Family Center Farm & Home

1301 S Riverside Rd
St. Joseph, MO
(816) 749-7178

Pond Stocking in Butler, MO

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

Pond Stocking in Butler, MOWho’s ready for Pond Stocking in Butler, MO? Stock My Pond visits Family Center Farm & Home in Butler, MO. The truck will have channel cat, largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, hybrid bluegill, red ear bream, fathead minnows, and grass carp.  Find out what type and size fish we offer on our website.   The truck provides containers for all fish but the 11″ channel cats, so please bring your own containers for them.

It is not necessary to pre-order the fish, but if you are looking for a large quantity we suggest you call.  If you have questions, call Stock My Pond at 501-676-3768

Family Center Farm & Home

903 Fort Scott St, Butler, MO
(660) 679-3600

Pond Stocking in Jourdanton, Texas

Monday, April 8th, 2019

Pond Stocking in Jourdanton, TexasReady for pond stocking in Jourdanton, Texas? Stock My Pond visits Jourdanton, Texas at South Texas Farm and Ranch. The truck will have channel cat, largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, hybrid bluegill, red ear bream, and fathead minnows. Find out what type and size fish we offer on our website. The truck provides containers for all fish but the 11″ channel cats, so please bring your own containers for them.

It is not necessary to pre-order the fish, but if you are looking for a large quantity we suggest you call. Questions? Call Stock My Pond at 501-676-3768

South Texas Farm and Ranch
1801 HWY 97 E
Jourdanton, TX
Phone: (830) 769-3685

Pond Stocking in Western Grove, Arkansas

Thursday, March 21st, 2019
Apr
11
4:00 pm

Pond Stocking in Western Grove, ArkansasPond Stocking in Western Grove, Arkansas

Looking for pond stocking in Western Grove, Arkansas? Stock My Pond visits Quality Feed and Grain in Western Grove, Arkansas. The truck will have channel cat, largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, hybrid bluegill, red ear bream, fathead minnows, and grass carp.  Find out more on our website.   The truck provides containers for all fish but the 11″ channel cats, so please bring your own containers for them.

It is not necessary to pre-order the fish, but if you are looking for a large quantity we suggest you call.  Questions? Call Stock My Pond at 501-676-3768.

Quality Feed and Grain
4617 HWY 65 South
Western Grove, Arkansas
(870) 743-3722

Pond Stocking in Morrisville, Texas

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019
Apr
5
2:00 pm

Pond Stocking in Morrisville, TexasPond Stocking in Morrisville, Texas

Looking for pond stocking in Morrisville, Texas? Stock My Pond visits T & D Feed in Morrisville, Texas. The truck will have channel cat, largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, hybrid bluegill, red ear bream, fathead minnows, and grass carp.  Find out more on our website.   The truck provides containers for all fish but the 11″ channel cats, so please bring your own containers for them.

It is not necessary to pre-order the fish, but if you are looking for a large quantity we suggest you call.  Questions? Call Stock My Pond at 501-676-3768.

T & D Feed
200 CR 3147
Morrisville, Texas
(409) 745-2212

Preparing Your Pond For Spring

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

Preparing Your Pond For SpringWhile winter is still doing its last ‘hurrah’ across much of the USA, it’s just a very short time til spring-like weather is here to stay!  While we’ve had a taste of warmer weather now and again, take heart – it won’t be long til freezing nights and blustery days have completely departed – now is the time for perparing your pond for spring.

As spring is officially here, there are a number of things that we can do to get our ponds ready for the coming year.

Plus, we had the whole winter to dream about what modifications we might want for our pond, and list them on our pond “to-do’ list.

What do you want to do?

Here are some suggestions that will benefit you, your fish, and the quality of your pond!

First…

Your Fish…

The fish in your pond are beginning to come out from their winter’s rest.  Please keep in mind they are coming out of dormancy, and so just starting to become active – be gentle and considerate of the actions you take now during their transitional time.

Remember that fish eat less during winter, which can make them especially vulnerable to parasites and bacterial infections. To prevent parasites from making your fish sick, you should begin to treat your pond once the water begins to warm-up.  Do it again when you are winterizing to ensure they’re parasite-free as they come out of hibernation.

Worrying about the accumulated sludge after this winter requires prudent action, as the premature use of bottom pumps, waterfalls, and other water helps, while moving the water, will seriously diminish the warm water at the bottom of your pond where your fish have been residing, forcing them to cope with immediate, colder water.  That means go easy.. easy on your fish, especially as it relates to feeding and pond cleaning.

Feeding…

Is your water temp below 55ºF?  It is wise to know the temperature of your pond; a pond water thermometer is a great investment!  If the water temperature is below 55ºF, then it is better to wait until water temperature rises and your fish become more active before you resume feeding. It may be tempting to want to feed them now, but their metabolism is just gearing up, so they will not be eating much, and providing food which goes uneaten will contribute to waste as well as creates an increase in ammonia. This is especially true in the low oxygen conditions which exist in our ponds right now.

You can begin to feed your fish once the water temperature reaches at least 55ºF and stays there or above for at least two weeks, both day and night. The metabolic rate of fish is sluggish in the early spring, so go slow on the ramp up to regular feeding, and remember that the first food you feed them must be easy to digest.

Pond & Area Cleaning…

The area around your pond…  pick up any storm or winter debris like branches and twigs; cut and remove any large tree limbs or move to an adjacent area to where you plan to submerge later.  Rake up leaves and any blown-in litter.

Cleaning…

As for cleaning, you might use a fine net skimmer to skim off any floating debris, and some very light vacuuming in any places where plant matter in your pond has died off during the winter, creating an eyesore. To maintain the water quality of your pond, simply remove decomposed plant matter as you can and temperatures permit.  Don’t worry – as we move into the warmer weather, you can be more aggressive in your clean-up efforts without having to worry about disturbing the water layers.

That brings us to…

Sludge & Muck – Yuck!  The all too familiar black sludge – if it is too thick, you best keep an eye on the creature of the black lagoon!  Seriously, though, sludge buildup indicates that the pond is out of balance.  At winter’s end, that black muck that accumulates in ponds and lakes is typically the result of the predominately anaerobic environment that is found at the bottom of most ponds, accentuated during the winter slow-down.  As most things do not decompose well in an anaerobic environment, the muck layer grows, releasing phosphorous and other nutrients which, in turn, feed green plants, algae, and pond moss.

Worrying about getting rid of the accumulated sludge after winter requires cautious action, as premature use of bottom pumps, waterfalls, and other water helps – while moving the water – will seriously diminish the warm water at the bottom of your pond where your fish have been residing, forcing them to cope with immediate, colder water.  Yes, the upper layers are beginning to warm, but care is necessary so as not to shock your fish with extreme temperature changes as a result of disturbing the layers in your water column.

There are a variety of sludge cleaners you can consider, and when doing so keep in mind that the pre-spring temperature of your pond is substantially cooler then it will be in summer, so be sure that the product you select is not just for summer use when the water is warmer.  Another successful approach is the use of pond vacs – there are effective tools for cleaning sludge and muck from the pond floor.  But remember, go cautiously this early in the season, or perhaps wait until the water is consistently warm and can handle disruption without issue to your dear fish!

Water…

This is a good time to perform water testing so you know what actions, if any, will be necessary.  As winter brings cold temperatures which slows the metabolisms of all creatures, winter lakes and ponds will have reduced rates of photosynthesis and respiration, resulting in a lowered oxygen content, a build-up of anaerobic bacteria (smells like rotten eggs), and that build-up of sludge in your pond.

If your pond needs a partial water change, this early in the season, target an 18-24% change.  If your water appears to be a tea color or darker, that is likely due to tannin released from leaves or seeds which have fallen in the water, then a greater percent water change would be needed, but wait for warmer pond temperatures to minimize the chance of shock to your fish.

Be sure to use de-chlorinated water; do not use unfiltered tap water from your hose, as chlorine is toxic to most aquatic life, and can cause irritation, burns and even death to fish. If your only source of new water is tap water, you should get a chlorine/chloramine (ammonia based) neutralizer which makes tap water safe, as tap water is usually toxic to fish with the high levels of chlorine and ammonia in it.  Tap water previously was treated simply with chlorine, but now chloramines are typically used, and unlike chlorine, chloramines do not evaporate. These treatments are good to keep our drinking water safe by getting rid of bacteria, but it does not differentiate between bad bacteria and good bacteria in your pond. You need to be sure to read the labels on the products you are considering, as with chlorine and ammonia removal agents, some compounds perform more than one action, you want to be aware of this so you do not over-apply any product.  Also, remember that many ammonia removers are acids, so repeatedly adding them will cause your pH to drop.  Carbon also can be used to bring down chlorine levels, as well as improve bacteria populations and help with sludge.

Continue with any aeration you had in place.

Filtration… very obvious and most important: make sure that your filtration system (if you use one) is hooked up and ready to go, do any necessary servicing now.  Once water temps in your pond rise to around 55-60 degrees, start your filtration.

Predators… not usually on a pond “to-do” list, but predators can sure upset the apple cart in their quest for a tasty meal!  Was your pond a popular spot for predatory pond birds last season? Or did a new family of raccoons move in lake-side? There are simple steps to address these ‘pesky’ issues before they require more aggressive measures.

  1. Get to know your local predators; if you need help, your local animal control unit should know of what animals that cause trouble in your area.
  2. Decrease the opportunities for plunder by deterring the predators that pose the greatest threat, using any combination of netting, decoys, repellents, alternate sources of food & water, pond depth changes and camouflage adjustments.

Once you have the necessary things handled, you can perhaps plan to do a little improvement!

You know how much you enjoy fishing on your pond or just relaxing near-by.  Is there a waterfall or fountain that you’d like to add to your pond?  Stock My Pond offers a sweet little fountain that will add some oxygen to your pond while making it a prettier, more relaxing place to be!  The fountain is low cost to operate and offers several different and yet unique patterns.  With only four main parts (motor, float, screen, and throat) it takes only a few minutes to assemble. It costs less than $.05 an hour to operate and offers six different spray patterns, and comes with a two-year warranty.

This fountain gives you an improvement in your fish, your pond and for you; it is sturdy, performs well, inexpensive to run, and has a good warranty.

What are you waiting for?

To order this fountain, or for more information, call Stock My Pond at (501) 676-3768.

Fishing is a Blessing!

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Fishing is a Blessing! As the end of the year draws near, it’s time to reflect on how blessed we are, and how fishing is a blessing!

During this season when we reflect on the goodness of the Lord, we can count our blessings and be sure to thank the Lord above for everything, including our home, our ponds, and lakes, and the benefit they are to our family and us.

Especially to our children.

Our children are the future of our families, and of our nation.

And while we count our blessings and reflect on this year as it is closing, we may find ourselves considering the future and what we wish for our children.

There is something we have right now that impacts our children’s positively.

Fishing is a gift that we can give to our children, and they will benefit from it their entire life.

Consider, if you will, just how blessed you are, being able to have your children fish! Seriously.. when you give it some thought, you’ll discover that with fishing, the blessings for our children are many. There is more than just what meets the eye when you watch your child reel in their first catch.

Teaching your child to fish gives them a life skill that provides food, and allows them to develop skills that build self-confidence, and improves with age. Fishing is one of the few types of nature-based recreation that scales our childhood, adolescence, adulthood and senior years.

Educating your children about this sport brings environmental awareness into focus, cultivates rational thinking and enhances decision-making abilities. And the educational efforts that you do today ensures that our recreational fishers of tomorrow understand sustainable fishing practices.

Considering that physical activity has been declining in our youth, with electronic media and other sedentary pursuits having become so consuming, fishing helps stop this trend from having its destructive effects on your family.

Studies have shown that children continue to spend less and less time engaged in physical activity outside, placing them at risk for obesity and other detrimental health effects. Promoting enjoyment of the outdoor recreation of fishing, all through your child’s life offers them the prospect of a longer, healthier life.

Being outside and fishing is good for the soul, deterring electronic media preoccupation, as well as the anti-social and withdrawn behavior that often accompanies it. It helps you by offering your children something far more valuable than social media and video games. Fishing also provides benefits to our youth suffering from behavioral and mental health issues and reduces ADHD.

Fishing also teaches patience, perseverance, and development of motor skills.

Recreation fishing blesses your children by allowing them to interact with children and adults outside of their regular circle of friends, forming new acquaintances and beginning new friendships. Continuing to fish provides experience, which in turn allows our children the opportunity to talk about and demonstrate their knowledge of the sport, further increasing their self confidence.

If you are struggling with your child’s hyperactivity issues, take heart – studies have found that hyperactive children enjoy sitting quietly by the water for long periods of time. Interest in fishing has also proven to coax withdrawn children out of their shells, where they initiate their participation in the sport!

Should you have family members with disabilities, whether children or adults, they will typically enjoy family outings which provide companionship, interest, and challenge. Fishing in itself is recreational, and the therapeutic benefits help individuals with disabilities emotionally, intellectually and physically. Fishing rods and reels can be designed for folks with limited or no movement in their hands and arms, and there are specialty shops which make equipment specifically for the disabled. There are many charitable groups which excel in helping disabled persons to the shoreline with a reel, catching smiles along with the fish!

Fishing offers any participant the ability to unwind from the stress of everyday living – we do not forget that the relaxation that fishing provides is worth more than gold. The peace that we get when we are gone fishin’ and out in nature, enjoying the beauty of the Lord’s creation, is without measure. Enjoying the quiet on the lake sure goes a long way in contributing to goodwill towards all, as fishing is enjoyable whether or not one catches any fish!

During this time of the year when we reflect on the blessings of the good Lord, there are numerous benefits of fishing for which we should be thankful for, especially having the ability to fish. If you don’t yet have your pond, now is an excellent time to consider one. It’s a gift for your children and family, the gift of fishing at home.

If you already have a pond, that is another blessing to be thankful! And it is your responsibility to care and maintain your pond to the best of your ability.

One of the responsibilities of caring for our lakes is harvesting, and this is the time to do it – once the temperature dips below 50 degrees, fish just do not eat like they regularly do, and lose weight. So harvest as needed now, as the chilly days are upon us and the temperatures are dipping! Cooking a superb fish dinner during the holidays is another treasured memory to be created.

And is it true that fish are more likely to be caught when you are wearing a Santa hat? 🙂

We wish you the enjoyment of yet a few more days of fishing this year, a lifetime of fishing with your children, and a very Merry Christmas.

Thank you for your business, and we look forward to serving you in the New Year!

And oh yes, don’t forget, after the holidays are over, de-trim your Christmas tree and take it out to your pond – Christmas trees are excellent brush fish attractors!

To read more about the benefits of youth and recreational fishing, see these sources:

ghof.org.uk

telegraph.co.uk/education/3352940/Why-its-good-to-catch-em-young.html wideopenspaces.com/health-benefits-fishing-infographic

Information about fishing for the disabled:

disabledsportsusa.org/sport/fishing

archive.disabledsportsusa.org/fishing fishingworld.com.au/news/fishing-4-therapy-achieving-amazing-things

Benefits of recreational fishing: selfgrowth.com/articles/what-are-the-benefits-of-fishing-to-your-health

dgif.virginia.gov/fishing/top-10-reasons-to-go-fishing

taskandpurpose.com/fishing-benefits-man

Oxygen Depletion

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

“All I need is the air that I breathe” may just be an old song by The Hollies, but if your fish are singing it to you, and you better listen!

We’re halfway through these blistering hot, dry days of July and August when ponds most often suffer oxygen depletion which causes fish populations to drop.

If your pond is experiencing fish die-off, you can almost bet it is from oxygen depletion, as a lack of dissolved oxygen is the most common cause of fish kills in ponds.

When trying to determine if your pond has sufficient aeration, it can be a simple as seeing your fish at the surface in the morning, gulping for air. Morning is the time when there is the lowest amount of dissolved oxygen, as photosynthesis (photo = light and synthesis = make) does not operate at night, so it will be most obvious in the morning if this condition exists. If you see your fish gasping for air, or if your fish are not consuming their pellet feed, the problem is acute and must be addressed immediately.

Gasping fish are a good indicator that oxygen is low, as oxygen is vital to fish, and integral to the ecological processes that keep water inhabitable to aquatic life – both fish and plants. And the factors that add oxygen to your pond water – wind, rain, and waves – they all help, but sometimes oxygen depletion threatens, and it is up to you to stop this thief in its tracks.

Weather is often a direct cause of depleted oxygen, but too hot of temperatures and low water levels are not the only culprits! Yes, oxygen depletion typically occurs when water levels are low, during drought conditions. But rainy and cloudy weather with reduced daylight means less photosynthesis, which means lower levels of oxygen production from plants, which in turn means less oxygen available to your fish on the following day. High winds can do it too, racing across shallow ponds, causing a mixing of the low oxygen water throughout the pond, even more toxic to your fish when dense blooms of algae are present. On the other hand, when there is a case of algae death, you’ll see a change in color from green to gray or brown, with a loss of oxidation within one to two days. As summer weather conditions considerably deviate from those beautiful, spring days with moderate temperatures where easy-going, single celled algae thrive – it’s time to put on your cape and guard your pond against the evils of oxygen depletion!

As August arrives and mid-summer thrives, water warms and so retains less oxygen than cooler water. Consider this: fish are cold-blooded, and they have a rise in metabolic rate when water temperatures rise, which in turn spurs the need for oxygen at the same time that less oxygen is available! So it is a double whammy right about now, as fish often are not getting their oxygen needs met!

This is even more likely when ponds are overstocked, that being too many pounds of fish per surface area of water. It is important to examine the ratio of pounds of fish to the available surface area of water. Knowing surface area is the key element in good pond management, affecting not only determination of adequate aeration for your fish but also impacting many other areas including fish stocking and harvest, herbicide, chemical, fertilization, and alkalinity applications. It is critical that the initial effort is made to correctly measure surface area. Should a pond be of irregular proportions, it can be plotted and broken into a variety of geometric shapes, such as circles, rectangles, triangles and ellipses, then simply apply the proper geometric formula(s) to compute surface area. You can get your formulas from most high school geometry books, or see the links below on measurement procedures. Measure out your pond en masse, or do it in pieces, by feet, then compute the surface area of your pond in acres. Tip: there are 43,560 square feet in an acre.

Once you determine your pond’s surface area, then you can use a rule of thumb that your total pounds of resident fish should not exceed 1,000 pounds per surface acre. Even close to this puts your pond in line to experience oxygen depletion. And don’t talk yourself out of this concern when you have a deep pond, as the water column may stratify, with the upper, warmer layers saturated with oxygen, and the deeper levels depleted of oxygen. This can stress fish and cause a drop in population.

Once you have a good estimate as to the surface area of your pond, you need to estimate your fish population. You know what you stocked and what you’ve taken out so far. To estimate the pounds of fish, simply catch a few fish and weigh them. Multiply your average weight by the estimated number of fish in your pond and you can now compare your pounds of finned friends to the available surface area with confidence. Alternatively, you can shoreline seine, but this is best done during June. If your resident fish population exceeds the recommended population, you have a perfect reason to go fishin’!

But before you’re sauntering off with your reel, you still need to get more oxygen into your pond. And you know, it’s not just your fish that need the oxygen, either! Oxygen is needed for aerobic digestion of algae, ammonia, and nitrates. Plus oxygen is vital in the bacterial decomposition of fish waste, debris and many types of organic matter. The whole pond ecosystem depends on oxygen. It’s time to swing into action!

Aeration is the best way to halt oxygen deprivation. To increase oxygen levels, pond water must be brought into contact with air.

If you have a motorboat, a quick and efficient fix is to back your trailer into shallow water or lodge your boat and allow the motor to run in place, thus aerating the water and saving your fish. You’re a hero!  The prop will function to aerate the water as long as it is stationary; if you are cruising around the pond, then the prop is pushing the boat, not the water, which results in substantially less oxygen absorption.

Another way to aerate is to use a pump, but remember to position the intake a good two to three feet below the surface. Alternately, you can pull water from near the surface and spray it back across the pond. There are many types of pumps and aeration systems to help you combat even the murkiest water and pond muck via submerged and surface equipment, but take care to consider the pros and cons of each approach, to see what best addresses your situation. For example, when extreme masses of anaerobic material are present, as toxic hydrogen sulfates may escape and poison your fish, you must continue with caution and knowledge to properly handle your particular situation.

Should you discover you have an emergency situation, you can put together a paddlewheel to run off the PTO of a farm tractor. The paddlewheel is used to break up the water into droplets which absorb oxygen from the air.

So the next time you hear The Hollies’ winsome tune, give a thought to your fish! Don’t wait until they’re gasping at the surface.

 

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