TOP TEN TIPS FOR A HEALTHY POND
As pond lovers we all want to have that perfect pond, follow our top ten tips to have a healthy pond!
1 – Don’t overstock your pond with fish. Too many fish will lead to decreased oxygen levels and extra fish waste with ammonia and nitrate levels building, causing the water quality to drop and eventually leading to death!
2 – Weed Control – Some pond plants can seem like a good idea at the time, and they can be, but remember some of them can be particularly invasive and can quickly take over your pond!
- Duck Weed can be a common problem in ponds, some types of duck weed can be eaten by the fish which will help keep the growth in control. Alternatively, you can use a duckweed treatment to remove this from your pond.
- Blanket Weed – This type of pond weed tends to be worse in the sunnier weather and can quickly take over a pond if not attended to straight away. Remove as much as you can by hand and dispose of properly (don’t put it into another water source to cause havoc!). There are a number of treatments available for blanket weed control, we have found Clover Leaf Blanket Answer to be the most effective Another tip to keep blanket weed at bay is to check your UV is working and sufficient for the size of your pond.
3 – A healthy pond is well oxygenated, a necessity for the breakdown of fish waste and vegetative mater. A pond with no oxygen will become stagnant, in turn this will then become smelly, algae will develop quickly which will also reduce the oxygen levels of the pond. Adding a waterfall or fountain to your garden pond will help keep the pond water moving and more importantly oxygenated, plus they look nice too!
4 – Care with chemicals – When treating your garden with chemicals such as pesticides and fertilisers please be careful around your pond. Water draining off the garden can carry these chemicals into the pond, resulting in an adverse effect on your water quality, harming plants, wildlife and fish.
5 – Avoid Tap Water – Tap water can contain high levels of nutrients such as nitrates, these can encourage the growth of algae and affect the water clarity and quality. If using tap water, check your pond levels before and after using a test kit, such as the Kusuri kit and add de-chlorinator if necessary.
6 – Pond Plants – A good selection of pond plants can aid the filtration system of your pond. The pond plants will act as a filtration removing nutrients and chemicals from the water.
7 – Shade – Keep trees away as much as you can from your pond If you have got one near by then make sure you maintain it, fallen leaves into your pond can lead to decaying matter at the bottom of the pond, which will affect your water clarity and quality.
8 – Pest Control – Not much of a problem in a pond with fish, as the fish will eat the insect larvae. In the warmer months aphids will often “attack” pond plants, making them dis-colour and decay. Don’t panic though, as this is easy enough to solve, simply wash them away into the water, and/or you can submerge the plant leaves under the water for 24 hours.
9 – Water loss – There can be a number of reasons behind losing water from your pond and to eliminate several factors , you can double check here – ( for further reading on identifying normal pond evaporation of leak, read further here . https://www.pondstarsuk.com/trouble-shooting-guide-water-evaporation-pond-leak/ . Don’t forget you will loose a certain amount of water over a period of time due to evaporation!
10 – Enjoy your pond! – Having a pond in your back garden is a wonderful place for you to sit back, relax and enjoy the sights and sounds. Having a blue space to relax in is good for your health and well being!