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     FISH POND HEALTH
 Facts to Consider when having Garden Ponds

FISH POND HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS

Article 1 - Fish Pond Health Considerations

Fish Pond Health

Now that you have built a fish pond, installed everything needed to start your pond, and made it all beautiful, you sit back and enjoy the pond. Everything is great and plenty of admirers pay you compliments.

In fact, maybe you might have even made it into a natural water garden too to go with the fish pond. Things are looking good and you have no worries until you realize you need to maintain the pond or prepare it for the winter.

You start panicking because you do not know what to do to preserve that pretty pond. Well, do not fear, just follow these few tips and your pond will always be there for your enjoyment.

After winter and with spring approaching, you should start increase the water circulation. Once the water temperature reaches a constant 50 degrees Fahrenheit you should start feeding your fish. If there are leaves or other debris in the pond, it should be removed with a skimmer type net.

Do not attempt a complete cleaning because it will upset the balance of the fish pond. During summer, continue to feed the fish well with high protein food to help them build up their fat reserve for the winter. Remember to fertilize the plants well and remove any dead foliage from the pond. You also have to maximize the aeration in the pond.

As fall approaches and temperature starts to drop, less food should be fed to the fish because their metabolism will be dropping. Once temperature hits the 60s then only feed the fish once a day.

When it is 50s then feed the fish two or three times a week. As soon as temperature falls below 50 then feeding should be stopped all together until spring when temperature rises above 50 again.

A floating pond de-icer should be used to keep the surface from being covered with ice and allowing a continued exchange of gases. Plants in your water garden that can not withstand the ice should be bought inside those can be treated as house plants.

Follow these procedures and your pond should be well year round.

 

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