EddieS wrote:Birds are the major way this happens. If its this fish: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_shiner . Then it lays vast numbers of small eggs specifically designed to be sticky, and cling to vegetation. I don't imagine mammals would be a viable option. But possible.
Storms, particularly tornadoes readily spread fish eggs. But I don't imagine you are in tornado country if you are in the native range of that fish.
My money is on birds. This fish eggs seem to be a pretty popular food source for many birds, and sticky by design.
A bird would only need to touch down briefly at night to wash off a few eggs.
Merlin wrote:Every pond will eventually attract at least a wading bird or a goose or other waterfowl. My dad's pond had a Heron that would come by in the first light of dawn and eat a frog or two every morning. Geese would stop for an hour or so then move on. The Heron started to wade in the pond from close to the first day it had any significant water in it.
Once you have bait fish you will get fish eating birds. After that you'll eventually get predator fish too. It might take a few years but eventually one of those birds will carry in a few eggs from higher on the food chain.
mongolking wrote:Friggin amazing. I think it's time I set a plastic pond in and watched what happens.
hasmat wrote:Went fishing in the pond yesterday. Caught 20 fish and the biggest was a bass that was over a foot long and put up a hell of a fight on light tackle. It was a blast.
I installed an aerator and will be stocking some more fingerlings soon.
Did find a little bass about two inches long, so there is natural reproduction.
I threw back what I caught and none were stunted.
The ten inch perch I caught indicates that tadpoles are a tasty treat.
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