Fellow pond lover
Summer is almost over - wow time flies!
From hot weather fish-feeding advice to keeping your pond clean,
fresh, and algae-free, this edition strives to address all your summer
For newbies and old hands alike, this issue of PondStuff! provides a
super summer read for all levels of pond, plant, and fish aficionados.
Reminder - Please feel free to forward this newsletter to friends and
family or anyone ele interested in the tranquil art of water gardening.
Protecting Fish From Toxic Contaminants
Fish become more active when water temperatures rise, producing more
waste and consequently, risking pollution to their environment.
The ammonia from fish waste breaks down first into nitrites, then
nitrates by beneficial bacterial organisms. Even tiny amounts of
both ammonia and nitrites are life threatening to fish.
However, not many people know that Ammonia becomes even more
dangerous in higher pH water, possibly resulting in severe problems
Because Ammonia is less toxic in water with lower pH, if you do
discover that your Ammonia levels are escalated, try to lower your
pH (slowly) down to around neutral.
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Lose That Ugly Algae!
Too much organic material in your pond or water garden puts algae
into overdrive by providing nutrients that cause it to grow.
Besides obscuring the beauty of your vividly colored fish, algae
rob oxygen from the water and emits noxious contaminants that can
Ultraviolet (UV) clarifiers work by employing that part of the
light spectrum to rid algae of its ability to reproduce. Once
destroyed, the microscopically tiny algae form into larger clusters
that are easily eliminated by common filtration systems.
Sun-blocking plants and those that provide abundant supplies of
oxygen present another easy answer to maintaining a clear water
environment for your pond.
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Save Your Fish: Heron-Proof Your Pond
Herons are beautiful, graceful, and . . . hungry. When you notice
fish vanishing mysteriously, think "heron" - especially in the
spring and beginning of summer when new, baby herons need feeding.
Grown herons consume almost a pound of fish daily. That amounts
to about three, seven-inch, $40 koi of the lower-priced variety. Or
if you're really unlucky - a heron could fly away with a several
hundred or thousand dollar show koi (which I've seen before)!
Colorful, flashing fish in a shallow pond tempt herons beyond any
far-fetched capability to resist. If you don't do something quickly,
your fish will soon be history.
To hamper herons from feasting on your fish, here are some simple
solutions. But don't lose your temper and harm or possibly kill one
of these protected-species birds... You could get yourself in lots
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Hot-Weather Fish Feeding Facts
To remain healthy and continue growing, fish need to get all the
nutrients available from their food, so feed them food they can
easily assimilate in their systems. If fish seem hungry, feed them
once to three times daily
Feeding small amounts guarantees all the food gets eaten,
preventing leftover food from spoiling in high, summertime
temperatures and dirtying the water. Don't feed fish that aren't
hungry - it only wastes money and soils their environment.
Oxygen dissolves easier in winter, when water temperatures are
low. Warmer temperatures mean harder-to-acquire oxygen in water.
In summer, therefore, fish sometimes find it difficult to get
enough dissolved oxygen - particularly in severe summer heat. Even
when fish eat, the motion caused by their feeding further depletes
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