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Infographic: Aquaculture Pond Construction

Use this visual diagram of an aquaculture pond to consider the best way to build your operation.

By Rachael Brugger, Associate Web Editor; Illustration by Tom Kimball

If done the right way, freshwater fish farming can be a great value-added opportunity for your hobby farm. To wrap your head around the construction of an aquaculture pond, use the diagram below to jog the pond-construction thought process. Then pick up the November/December 2011 issue of Hobby Farms for more complete information on starting an aquaculture operation with catfish or prawns.

Illustration of aquaculture pond and tips of what to think about when constructing a pond on your hobby farm


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I have the pond, but have not been able to find anyone local selling stock? Any ideas where to get stock?
Alice, Coal Center, PA
Posted: 10/26/2014 8:07:46 AM
Hi Joe,

Thanks for your comment. John Morgan, the author of "Freshwater Farming" in the November/December 2011 issue, says this:

"Certainly, extremely small ponds will pose some challenges, but you can work with a pond of that size. Stocking must be done in relation to the ponds size, so adjust stocking accordingly, keep good records, and enjoy the bounty – albeit a little less abundant then you may like!"
Hobby Farms editor, Lexington, KY
Posted: 10/31/2011 8:06:31 AM
In the Nov/Dec issue you say to use 1 1/2 AC for a Pond.what could i do with only a 50/50 ft? The wife dont want me using more than 25ft...
Joe, Bremerton, WA
Posted: 10/28/2011 10:07:26 AM
We appreciate your feedback. We had an aquaculture specialist at the University of Kentucky Research & Education Center look at the information and have made some clarifications in the infographic per his suggestions. Please keep in mind this is just to get you thinking about pond construction. For more detailed information regarding your aquaculture setup, please read "Freshwater Farming" in the November/December 2011 issue of Hobby Farms. You might also consider visiting the peer review information provided by the Southern Regional Aquaculture Center, found on these pages:


Hobby Farms editor, Lexington, KY
Posted: 9/29/2011 11:50:10 AM
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