I think the no 1 problem facing fish farmers is birds, some birds will catch and eat the fish others will leave that many droppings that it can affect the water quality so to keep them out I have constructed a bird net over ponds 2/3/4 I set the net at about 2.3 metres so as to allow access under it.
this is before the net went up
this after the net went up
I just have put a some along the front and create a doorway for access and it will be complete .
The new dam is filling nicely and should have fish by the end of summer.
Vegetation will be next both in the water and alongside, a shelter will be built over the flat rock and the track around will have sandstone gravel on it.
I will stock yabbies and shrimp for food this along with insects will be a good start, all things going well I will have a dam full of blackfish in a few years.
I have started to erect bird wire over 2/3/4 ponds today, I stood up 14 posts with the help of a local bobcat driver and I will string fencing wire over the top of the posts to eventually support the bird wire.
We had good rain overnight this made the ground soggy but I am grateful for the rain, it will help fill the dams tanks and ponds.
The large green bundle on the deck of pond 4 is the bird wire.
I have taken the opportunity during this fairly quiet time on the farm to empty and refill pond no 1 this is the pond where the first fish I bred came from. the fish in this pond were sourced from a farm dam and the genetics were a concern so to take away those concerns I will populate the pond with fish from nearby streams not all from the one place so as not to impact to heavily on a small population, somewhere from six to ten fish to make sure I have a breeding pair.
As you can see I doubled the air and added more breeding boxes, weed growth is good and there are plenty of yabbies as well copepods water beetles and so on. the pond itself is about 2 metres deep sloping at each end, length is about 8 metres and about 5 metres wide. if the rain keeps coming it will be full in a couple of days.