Ag Answers: Summer Fish Kill

The Morning Show

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — If you have a pond on your property, there is one issue you need to be on the lookout for this summer. Dave Shiley has some tips on how to reduce the risk of a fish kill in this Ag Answers.

  1. What is the primary cause of a summer fish kill in ponds? Low dissolved oxygen levels
  2. What natural conditions cause low dissolved oxygen levels in ponds this time of year?
  3. What should pond owners NOT do during these natural low oxygen conditions in ponds? Do not apply herbicides to kill excessive aquatic plants
  4. What can be done to reduce the risk of a summer fish kill?
  5. More information contact Dave Shiley at dshiley@illinois.edu or call 217-543-3755

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