KEEPING THE BALANCE OF NATURE
Pond Water Maintenance
You might be tempted to let Mother nature tend to
your backyard pond,
and who could blame you? After all, she does a pretty good job
care of really big ponds, so why would your backyard ecosystem
of a challenge to her?
Unfortunately, the fact is your backyard pond is only going to
get some cursory attention from Mom; the rest of the work is
going to be left up to you.
In the "real world" chlorinated water doesn't find its way into
very often. "Big" pond water passes through a great many natural
filtration and oxygenation systems, and the various fish and
together to keep the pond clean and fresh. Our backyard ponds
quite that much help, so here's where you need to step in:
If you are going to keep fish then you absolutely must remove
of chlorine from your pond before your favorite Koi set up
Pond fish cannot live in chlorinated water so don't even try.
products available to remove chlorine quickly, or you can
the old-fashioned, natural way if you have the time to spend.
If you opt for 'a la natural' then expect to wait about 8 to 10
the chlorine to dissipate. You will need to make sure that your
filter are running and that you have set up an aerating method
such as a
waterfall or "splasher" to bring oxygen into the water. Make
the pond is exposed to plenty of sunlight (the natural enemy of
chlorine), and use a chlorine testing kit to check the water
Me? I just drop some
de-chlorinating product into the pond and
the next day.
chlorine is totally removed, you still have nitrite and
to worry about. These two toxic buddies are byproducts of fish
and can wreak havoc with your Koi's health. After a while Mother
will kick in some help by allowing beneficial bacteria colonies
develop that enjoy eating nitrite and ammonia for breakfast,
dinner. They won't be present in new ponds, however, unless you
bacteria starter kits to kick start the process.
Introducing the Pond Fresh PF-100
Your garden pond could become overtaxed, ecologically, if you
many fish too quickly. Start out adding no more than two per
that the newly introduced bacteria do not get overwhelmed by the
that will be produced.
Just when you think you've got it all under control that ugly
called "pH" raises its head.
Testing for pH levels is also very
important since neither plants nor fish will survive very long
pond's pH is out of whack. Your pH test kit should show a
between 6.8 and 7.4. You can put in the proper additives to raise
if as necessary.
test kits, get one that will allow you to test the
salt levels as well. Unless you're raising baby Sea bass, too
is not a good thing.
After your pond is fully established, Mother Nature will lend a
hand and you can settle into a routine of testing every three of
weeks unless something serious, such as flooding, has occurred
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