How to make a Pond in Stardew Valley

Fish Ponds can be used to breed fishes (Image via ConcernedApe)
Fish Ponds can be used to breed fishes (Image via ConcernedApe)

Fish Ponds were introduced with version 1.4 of Stardew Valley and it allows you to breed fishes caught throughout your playthrough. You can place any two fishes of the same type in a pond, and not only more fish but also a variety of products like Roe and Magma Geodes. These items can then be sold to obtain a consistent and passive source of income in Stardew Valley.

This guide will walk you through how to make a pond in Stardew Valley, how to upgrade its capacity, and what are the best fishes to breed in it.

NOTE: Parts of this article are subjective and reflect the writer's opinion.


How to make a Fish Pond in Stardew Valley

Constructing a Fish Pond requires stones, Green Algae, seaweed, and gold. (Image via ConcernedApe)
Constructing a Fish Pond requires stones, Green Algae, seaweed, and gold. (Image via ConcernedApe)

The Fish Pond is a type of farming structure that you can purchase from Robin at the Carpenter Shop. A Pond will take two in-game days to construct and require the following materials:

  • 200 Stones - Stones can be easily collected from the overworld or by breaking stones with a pickaxe on your farm, Skull Cavern, or the Mines.
  • Five Green Algae - Green Algae can be acquired in any season by fishing in fishing spots spread across the map.
  • Five Seaweed - Seaweed can also be found by fishing in the ocean or tidal pools during any season.
  • 5000 gold

After collecting the aforementioned materials, simply talk to Robin at the Carpenter’s Shop and select the desired place where you wish to construct your pond. Do note that a pond occupies a 5x5 area, so ensure to have the desired area cleaned up before starting construction.


How do Fish Ponds work in Stardew Valley?

Fishes multiply over time in a Fish Pond (Image via ConcernedApe || YouTube @mGaud)
Fishes multiply over time in a Fish Pond (Image via ConcernedApe || YouTube @mGaud)

Ponds in Stardew Valley can hold any type of fish except the Legendary Fish. Each Fish Pond can hold only one species. So, if you’re planning to breed multiple species, then you will need to construct multiple ponds.

However, you can change the type of fish in an existing pond by selecting the “Empty Pond” option. This will empty your pond for new fish but will destroy any remaining fish, so make sure to collect any Roe or fish in your inventory before selecting this option.

To start your aquaculture journey, simply hold the fish in your hand and right-click on the pond to “throw” the fish into it. You will need at least two fish of the same type to begin breeding.

Once there are two fish of the same species in the pond, they will start reproducing and spawn a new fish every one to five days up to the limit of the pond. This applies to all fishes in the game except Tiger Trout, which do not reproduce and must be obtained via fishing with a magic bait.

Fish Ponds also generate Roe, which can be gifted to villagers, eaten to restore 50 energy and 22 health, or sold to a merchant for a price.


How to upgrade the Fish Pond in Stardew Valley

You need to complete Fish Quests to increase the capacity of the pond (Image via ConcernedApe || YouTube @mGaud)
You need to complete Fish Quests to increase the capacity of the pond (Image via ConcernedApe || YouTube @mGaud)

At the base level, a Fish Pond allows you to place a maximum of three fish at a time. The exceptions to this are Ghostfish, Ice Pip, Lava Eel, Slimejack, Blobfish, Void Salmon, and Woodskip fishes, where only one can be placed in a base-level pond.

After a pond reaches its full capacity, an exclamation mark will appear on top of it. Interacting with said pond will trigger a Fish Quest where you will need to search for specific items to raise its maximum capacity.

Here’s a list of Fish Quests and items required to fulfill them:


Fishes



Population Quest Occurs at



Item(s) Required



Normal Spawn Frequency



Lionfish



3



3 Ginger or 1

Pineapple



3 days



5



1 Mango



Blue Discus



3



3 Taro Root



3 days



5



10 Taro Root



Stingray



3



7 Cinder

Shard



4 days



5



1 Dragon

Tooth



Squid



3



3 Coral or 1

Sea Urchin



3 days



5



2 Sardine



Midnight Squid



3



3 Coral or 2

Sea Urchin



3 days



5



2 Sardine



8



1 Ocean Stone



Carp



3



2 Green Algae



1 day



5



2 Cave Carrot



Midnight Carp



3



10 Coal



2 days



5



1 River Jelly



Flounder



3



3 Coral



2 days



5



1 Sea Jelly



Herring



3



3 Driftwood



1 day



5



1 Coral



Sunfish



3



2 Acorn or 2

Geode



1 day



5



1 Amethyst or

3 Mixed Seeds



Blobfish



1



3 Coral, 2

Frozen Tear, or 2 Sea Urchin



4 days



3



5 Coffee

Bean, 1 Mayonnaise, or 1 Pizza



5



1 Cookie, 1

Green Tea, or 1 Wine



7



1 Rainbow

Shell or 1 Rice Pudding



Lava Eel



1



3 Fire Quartz



5 days



3



1 Basalt, 2

Diamond, or 1 Dwarf Scroll III



5



2 Mega Bomb



7



1 Iridium Bar



Woodskip



1



10 Hardwood



2 days



3



2-3 Common

Mushroom or 2-3 Red Mushroom



5



1 Oak Resin

or 1 Pine Tar



7



2 Jade or 1

Tea Leaves



Sandfish



3



3 Cactus

Fruit or 3 Coconut



4 days



Scorpion Carp



5



1 Golden

Relic



Void Salmon



1



5 Void

Essence



4 days



3



10 Bat Wing



5



1 Diamond or

1 Void Egg



7



1 Iridium Ore



Slimejack



1



20 Slime



3 days



3



10 Bug Meat



5



1 Algae Soup

or 5 Wild Bait



7



1 Petrified

Slime



Stonefish



1



10 Copper Ore



5 days



3



5 Earth

Crystal



5



10 Coal or 5

Geode



7



4 Copper Bar

or 5 Refined Quartz



Ice Pip



1



10 Iron Ore



5 days



3



5 Frozen Tear



5



10 Coal, 1

Crystal Fruit, or 5 Frozen Geode



7



4 Iron Bar or

10 Refined Quartz



Ghostfish



1



5 Quartz



2 days



3



5 Cave Carrot



5



5 White Algae



7



1 Dwarf

Scroll I, 1 Dwarf Scroll II, or 2 Refined Quartz



Sturgeon



1



1 Diamond



4 days



3



1 Jelly, 2

Maple Syrup, or 1 Pickles



5



3 Omni Geode



7



1 Nautilus

Shell



Super Cucumber



3



3 Coral, 1 Honey,

1 Oyster, 3 Driftwood, or 3 Refined Quartz



4 days



5



1 Dried

Starfish, 2 Emerald, 2-3 Omni Geode, or 2-3 Purple Mushroom



7



1 Diamond, 3

Gold Bar, 1 Iridium Ore, 1 Jelly, 1 Pickles, or 2 Sea Urchin



Octopus



3



3 Coral, 1

Honey, 1 Oyster, or 3 Refined Quartz



4 days



5



1 Dried

Starfish, 2 Emerald, 2-3 Omni Geode, or 2-3 Purple Mushroom



7



1 Green Tea



Rainbow Trout



3



3 Coral, 1

Honey, 1 Oyster, or 3 Refined Quartz



2 days



5



1 Dried

Starfish, 2 Emerald, 2-3 Omni Geode, or 2-3 Purple Mushroom



7



1 Diamond, 3

Gold Bar, 1 Iridium Ore, 1 Jelly, or 1 Pickles



Spook Fish



3



3 Amethyst, 3

Coral, 3 Iron Bar, 1 Oyster, 3 Red Mushroom, or 3 Refined Quartz



4 days



5



1 Dried

Starfish, 2 Emerald, 1 Granite, 2-3 Omni Geode, or 2-3 Purple Mushroom



7



1 Diamond, 3

Gold Bar, 1 Iridium Ore, 1 Mayonnaise, or 1 Pickles



Catfish



3



2 Amethyst, 3

Copper Bar, 3 Red Mushroom, or 2 Topaz



4 days



5



10 Bat Wing,

2 Earth Crystal, 5 Mixed Seeds, or 2-3 Purple Mushroom



7



1 Diamond, 3

Iron Bar, 1 Mayonnaise, or 1 Pickles



Dorado



3



2 Bream, 2

Carp, or 2 Chub



3 days



Lingcod



5



2 Bullhead or

2 Largemouth Bass



Pike



7



2 Ghostfish,

2 Sandfish, or 2 Woodskip



Coral



N/A



N/A



2 days



Sea Urchin



N/A



N/A



4 days



Crayfish



3



5 Clay or 15

Fiber



2 days



Snail



5



10 Bug Meat,

1 Cave Carrot, or 5 Hardwood



7



1 Field

Snack, 5 Solar Essence, or 1 Wild Bait



Periwinkle



3



5 Clay or 15

Fiber



1 day



5



10 Bug Meat,

1 Cave Carrot, or 5 Hardwood



7



1 Field

Snack, 5 Solar Essence, or 1 Wild Bait



Mussel



3



5 Clay



1 day



5



10 Bug Meat

or 5 Quartz



7



1 Sea Urchin,

5 Solar Essence, or 1 Wild Bait



Cockle



3



5 Clay



2 days



Oyster



5



10 Bug Meat

or 5 Quartz



Shrimp



7



1 Sea Urchin,

5 Solar Essence, or 1 Wild Bait



Crab



3



5 Clay



3 days



Lobster



5



10 Bug Meat

or 5 Quartz



7



1 Sea Urchin,

5 Solar Essence, or 1 Wild Bait



Anchovy



3



3 Driftwood,

1 Frozen Geode, or 1-2 Seaweed



1 day



5



2 Clam or 2

Coral



7



2 Aquamarine,

1 Mussel, or 2 Sea Urchin



Albacore



3



3 Driftwood,

1 Frozen Geode, or 1-2 Seaweed



2 days



Halibut



Red Mullet



Red Snapper



Sardine



Sea Cucumber



5



2 Clam or 2

Coral



Tilapia



7



2 Aquamarine,

1 Mussel, or 2 Sea Urchin



Eel



3



3 Driftwood,

1 Frozen Geode, or 1-2 Seaweed



3 days



Tuna



5



2 Clam or 2

Coral



7



2 Aquamarine,

1 Mussel, or 2 Sea Urchin



Pufferfish



3



3 Driftwood,

1 Frozen Geode, or 1-2 Seaweed



4 days



5



2 Clam or 2

Coral



7



2 Aquamarine,

1 Mussel, or 2 Sea Urchin



Bream



3



3 Acorn, 10

Bug Meat, 3 Maple Seed, or 3 Pine Cone



2 days



Chub



Perch



Salmon



Shad



5



3 Gold Ore, 1

Maple Syrup, or 5 Mixed Seeds



Smallmouth Bass



7



1 Crayfish, 1

Honey, 2 Jade, or 1 Periwinkle



Walleye



3



3 Acorn, 10

Bug Meat, 3 Maple Seed, or 3 Pine Cone



3 days



5



3 Gold Ore, 1

Maple Syrup, or 5 Mixed Seeds



7



1 Crayfish, 1

Honey, 2 Jade, or 1 Periwinkle



Goby



3



3 Acorn, 10

Bug Meat, 3 Maple Seed, or 3 Pine Cone



4 days



5



3 Gold Ore, 1

Maple Syrup, or 5 Mixed Seeds



7



1 Crayfish, 1

Honey, 2 Jade, or 1 Periwinkle



Bullhead



3



10 Bug Meat,

2-3 Clay, 2-3 Green Algae, or 5 Slime



2 days



5



2-3 Common

Mushroom, 1-2 Earth Crystal, or 1 Limestone



7



1 Mudstone, 1

Snail, or 5 Wild Bait



Largemouth Bass



3



10 Bug Meat,

2-3 Clay, 2-3 Green Algae, or 5 Slime



3 days



5



2-3 Common Mushroom, 1-2 Earth Crystal, or 1 Limestone



7



1 Mudstone, 1 Snail, or 5 Wild Bait



Best fishes for Fish Ponds in Stardew Valley

Breeding the right fish can help you generate a substantial amount of passive income (Image via ConcernedApe || YouTube @mGaud)
Breeding the right fish can help you generate a substantial amount of passive income (Image via ConcernedApe || YouTube @mGaud)

You can not only sell any excess fish, but also all the Roe and produce you get out of them, making Fish Ponds a very solid source of passive income. However, you need to put the right fish in your Fish Pond to maximize your earnings.

Here’s a list of the best fishes for your Fish Pond in Stardew Valley:


Check out more game-related articles here:

How to get Red Snapper || All fishing rods and how to get them || Best farm layouts

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