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  1. #1
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    Jul 2022

    Capacity of a back yard pond?

    Just getting started out and I wanted to get an idea of what the capacity would be for catfish and tilapia if the pond was 6 feet deep and twenty feet in diameter. Lined with brick and there will be a constant flow of fresh water in and out. Maybe catfish and bass if the tilapia don't do well.

    I'm mostly going to be using the harvest for personal use, with maybe a cooler or two of fillets to sell at the Farmers market on Saturday during the summer.

    The climate is south western Oklahoma so the summers are hot, but the winters aren't that cold.

    Thanks for your input.

  2. #2
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2023
    A tool that can be very useful for planning a new pond is this calculator. I used it to calculate the pond you are thinking about. Those dimensions would net you 14100.45 gallons.

    I have personally never made a pond with anything other than pond liner so I don't really have any input on the brick lining.

    As far as mostly for yourself and a couple fillets on the weekends. this pond seems much bigger than that. I don't have very much information on bass or catfish, but as far as tilapia you'd be able to stock a few thousand in there.

    I suppose if you understocked it you and cycled the fishes ages in you could get a good rhythm going.

    This site Lakeway Tilapia (local to me) has been a really good source of information on pretty much anything you could have a question on. Very few videos, but lots of text information on the site. A read through there will definitely reveal some information about trying to do what you are looking to do with tilapia.

    Hopefully those links will help you out with your pond planning.

    Good luck!

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