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FISH - POND CARE

Be Kind to Your Filter - Keep it Clean
Filtration preserves the aquatic life in your pond by removing impurities and it is important to keep it running at peak efficiency.

Aquatic Plants: The Natural Health n' Beauty Aids
Selecting a variety of plants can help you create a balanced look and ecosystem.

6 Ways to Maintain Your Pond in Late Summer
Here are some quick tips for a healthy pond.

Breathe Easier with Adequate Oxygen in Your Pond
Providing fish with enough 'air' is one of the most important factors to keep water conditions suitable.

Green Water
Learn how to take control of green water.

A History of Koi
When it comes to buying fish for the pond, there a number of choices: Goldfish, common and fancy, Shebunkins, and Comets, but my favorite is Koi. Their colors, shapes and patterns seem infinite: reds, blues, gold, yellows, silver, greens, and even iridesc...

Adding the Sights and Sounds of a Waterfall
Personally, a waterfall is my favorite part of the pond. They are beautiful to look at, the sound is relaxing and they are beneficial to recycling and aerating the water, especially important if you have fish. If you're building a pond, you should thi...

Algae 101
There are literally thousands of algae varieties. However, the two that may be occurring in your pond are either single-cell algae (green water) or string algae (long, hair-like). The presence of algae does not mean your pond is unhealthy, but it can obsc...

Caring for Your Fish Throughout the Cooler Months
In most parts of the United States, fish can be left in the pond during the winter, providing the depth of the pond is adequate (18 inches minimum or deeper in harsher climate zones) with little or no water circulation. Fish will gather in this deepest ar...

Come Out of the Cold
Spring is a critical time of the year for pond fish. As they come out of dormancy, their bodies are low on important nutrients that help ward off disease. Therefore, they are more likely to become vulnerable to illness. To keep the incidence of sickness t...

Food for Fall
In most parts of North America, water temperatures start to dip in early fall (September/October). Prepare for this by understanding how to start changing fish diets to accommodate the changes these cold-blooded creatures will undergo. We recommend follow...

Guarding Against Predators
Why are my fish disappearing? As the pond season is in full bloom, so are hungry predators lurking around your pond. Predators can be any animal looking to find a tasty snack at the expense of your beautiful fish. They can be bullfrogs, heron or even t...

Keeping It Green: Water Garden Plant Benefits & Care
One of my favorite aspects of water gardening, throughout the seasons, is witnessing the growth of lush plants in and around the pond and the ever-changing colors they bring. I like to get to my favorite garden center early in the season when the selectio...

Keeping Tabs on Water Quality
Like most pondkeepers, you probably spent some time this winter dreaming about warmer days by your pond watching your fish enjoy their ecosystem. Don't let cloudy, green water get in the way of your enjoyment this pond season. There are a few simple ways ...

Keeping Your Filter Running Efficiently
Remember, your pump, filtration system and UV clarifier work together to ensure clean, clear water and a healthy ecosystem. Regular filter maintenance is critical to your system running efficiently. One clear indicator that your filter needs to be cle...

Make your Winter Dreams a Reality Next Spring
Winter is the perfect time to plan your pond enhancements for next year. While the pond does not require much care or attention, you can daydream about what you'd like to add next year. The best place to start is our Pond Gallery. There you'll find many i...

Preparing Your Pond for Seasonal Changes
Fall pond preparation and clean-up is as important as getting ready for the spring. Falling leaves and blowing debris can have ill-effects on fish and your pond. To ensure your pond is protected, follow this Fall Prep Checklist: Reduce the number of l...

Putting Your Plants to Bed
As we start to enter fall here in the northern regions, pond plants are the first indicators that the pond season is coming to a close. I have to admit, my potted pond plants did very well this year. I think there were two reasons: one, we had lots of goo...

Serving Up a Summer Diet
Although fish are very adaptable and can acclimate to different temperatures over a period of time, there is a temperature range in which they prefer to feed, breed, and swim. In northern states, for example, fish feed less at temperatures of about 78°F a...

Splendor in the Fall
Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. The bright oranges, reds and yellows make a great backdrop to my pond and complement the many colors of my Koi. It's a great time to get out my camera and take some shots of the colors reflecting off the water...

Spring Check-Up: Pond Fish
For most of us, May is a beautiful time of the year. However, for your pond fish, May can be a time of instability as temperatures are still unpredictable. Your fish are still working to stabilize their body temperature as they come out of their winter hi...

Spring Cleaning Checklist
Now is a good time to go through your spring pond cleaning checklist to plan what you will need to purchase. Remember these important steps:Check your pond for any areas that may require repairs. Remove any accumulated debris from the pond. Remove...

Summer Pond Care
All pondkeepers look forward to the warm summer days and nights to enjoy the sights and sounds of their pond. To ensure your seasonal satisfaction, remember, this is an important time to keep the pond clean and clear to ensure the health of the entire eco...

The Benefits of Aquatic Plants
Aquatic plants are extremely important to the health of your pond. Aside from providing shade and shelter for your pond fish, they also increase the oxygen level in the water and help reduce algae. There are three types of aquatic plants that primarily pr...

The Heat is On…
Summer is a great time to purchase a pond thermometer to monitor the changes in your pond's water temperature. As air temperatures rise, the water temperature of the pond increases as well. The hotter it gets, the less oxygen is available in the water, ma...

The Joy of Koi
If you are thinking about adding Koi fish to your pond for the first time, here are few tips to ensure they make it to their new home safely. Upon finding a reputable dealer who has a good selection, take some time to study the livestock and choose wi...

Thinking About Adding to Your Pond?
It's been a colder than usual winter season across the nation and with spring approaching, I'm dreaming of ways I can make my pond even better this year. Now is a great time, while thinking of summer plantings and vegetable gardens, to get out some paper ...

Weeding Out Algae
While cleaning out your pond this spring, you may find that you have more algae growing as compared to last pond season. Many factors contribute to the growth of algae. First, identify why you are seeing more algae, and then you will find it easier to man...

What is Biological Filtration?
Filtration is the single most important aspect of pond ownership, since it is responsible for the overall health and clarity of the pond. With many filtration choices available to new and experienced pondkeepers, it is important to understand how filters ...

Everyone's Hanging Out at the Pond
Having a pond has been an extremely relaxing and fulfilling experience not only for my wife and me, but also for family and guests. Whenever we have friends or visitors, things always seem to gravitate towards the pond. If you're thinking of building or a...

The 'Greener' Side of Ponds
Seven Environmental Benefits of Owning a Pond Most homeowners create a pond to add beauty to their yards or to increase their home's living space by adding an outdoor living room around the water garden. Ponds create a solace from the world and a haven...