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Starting and maintaining a fish pond takes a lot of time and can be very expensive. There are several things you must consider before you begin. First, you need to decide how big you want your pond. It needs to be of sufficient size for the amount of fish you are planning on stocking it with.

The first part of starting a pond is the most expensive part. You will need to hire someone with a bull dozer to dig it. A person with a bull dozer usually charges $30.00 to $50.00 per hour. This can really add up, so before you let them start you need to find out exactly how long they think it will take. They need to also make sure that they pack the dirt on the inside of the pond where it will not leak.

Now that you have your pond dug it is time to fill it with water. The cheapest way is to let rain do it. You will need some sort of water source to run into the pond at all times though. This keeps the water oxygenated and keeps the water from becoming stale. You also need to plant some type of vegetation around the pond to offer the fish cover.

You have your pond ready, so now it is time to stock it with fish. The best results I have had is with channel cat, bass, and bluegill. These seem to do really well in a pond. They can usually be ordered at a local feed store. You can also purchase your fish food here. You also need to check and see what chemicals they recommend to keep your pond healthy.

Most good ponds end up costing you between two and five thousand to complete. Your payback comes when you and your family get to catch those great tasting fish. It usually takes about a year after you stock your pond before you need to fish it.