A Guide to a Healthy Fishpond

The pond in your garden should be a focal point that highlights the other components, yet if it is poorly managed, it can quickly become an eyesore that is detrimental to the overall ambience of your outdoor living area. Some people think that installing a fishpond is just a question of digging a suitable hole and dropping the pond in. If it were that easy, we would all have a showpiece garden with an attractive pond, and if your water based attraction is lacking lustre, here are some helpful hints on how to keep it healthy and clean.

Filtering

As any garden enthusiast would tell you, pond filters eradicate the algae cells as they pass through the water, which is essential if you are to maintain a clean supply of flowing water that can circulate. The filter systems of today are easy to install, and with online solutions, you can order a complete system or any parts. Bio filters are a popular way to keep the water clean, which is essential for healthy fish and plant life.

Regular Maintenance

The pond filters will need to be cleaned regularly, perhaps once a month is adequate, and this involves removing the debris that has collected over the wire mesh. Some locations require more frequent cleaning, depending on the amount of leaves and general garden matter there is.

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Remove Algae

This must be manually done and it will ensure that the water remains clear, which will promote the healthy occupation of insects, and they are a food source for your fish. Long periods of direct sunlight can cause masses of algae to build up, and if this is not removed, it can have disastrous consequences.

Wet Vacuum Machine

These are available at most home improvement stores, and a wet vacuum will effortlessly remove leaves and debris that have gathered on the bottom, just be careful you don’t include your fish in the contents. There are online suppliers of all things connected with fish ponds, and a simple search will point you in the right direction.

The Right Fish Food

Not only it is important the fish have the right diet, the amount is also critical, and too much food in the water will cause things to go sour. Ideally, the food you scatter on the surface should be gone within 20 minutes, and if there is still a quantity floating on the surface, you are feeding them too much. Whatever the breed, your fish will have some natural food sources, with insects and grubs that land on the water surface and if they are bottom feeders, there will be an established food chain in the mud.

Your garden pond needs regular attention if it is to be a highlight of your garden, and by choosing suitable species of both fish and fauna, the pond will be a hive of activity and an asset to the overall look of your garden.