The topography at Finca Quijote is awesome exciting to a flatland Florida boy who longed to see water flow. From my first memories of outdoor play, I sought “rivers” to channel, damn and reroute. Now, even in the dry season, we have some creeks, seeps, swamps and bogs to direct, impound, drain and try to utilize as a resource. Our small hydroelectric system now has an insufficient volume of water for power generation, but just enough to keep a small pond filled. The pond is a natural part of the river channel of the past featuring gigantic rocks casually tossed above by the raging river. We dug it out a bit years ago and planted cow grass in a cut and remove system around it. Recently we put some tilapia in it after patching some leaks and installing an overflow drainage system. The fish love it. They behave differently from the production tank fish, hiding in crevices, defending territory, visiting friends and eating aquatic weeds. The idea is to see if they will reproduce well and naturally under these conditions, or if perhaps another fish species would be better. Then we will see about adding another element, maybe ducks.
By Philip "Felipe" Hancock