Pond preparation is one of the major activities preceding stocking of fish seed. This stage is so important that the success or failure of each farming season depends largely on how well a pond is prepared. Pond preparation includes de-mudding (removal of mud from ponds) of existing ponds or digging of new ones. Consideration must be given to proper layout of pipes, to ensure adequate inflow and outflow of water in and out of the ponds. Also under this stage, consideration must be given to stability, strength, and thickness of the dike. Failure to observe/comply might lead to run off water entering into the pond.