All posts by Cat Byrne

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How to Prepare your Garden for Winter

As I am sure you have noticed, summer is now over and now is the perfect time to prep your garden ready for winter. There are many different things you can do to make sure your garden is ready for cold temperatures and frosty weather but here are a few to get your started: Tidy your Borders An important chore to add to your list is to tidy up your garden borders. This is where most of your plants ...

Protecting Wildlife in your Pond

After years of hard work creating and cultivating a beautiful pond that provides a home to a wide variety of diverse aquatic and amphibian fauna, the last thing you want is something to come along and ruin it.Fortunately, there are many easy ways to protect the wildlife in your pond from harm. Protecting your fish Even if your pond is in a relatively suburban or even urban garden, the Heron will...

What Can an Air Pump do for my Pond?

A constantly neglected and underestimated part of a good pond set up is a useful and reliable air pump. Relatively cheap in comparison to the other systems within your pond, they can often make a huge difference to the overall health and wellbeing of your pond, and to the lives of the fish and other organisms that live within it. What Do Air Pumps Do? It’s simple really: Air pumps force fresh ai...

Build a Wildlife Pond with Wildlife Kate

Swell UK Wildlife Pond

Swell UK customer, blogger and all-round nature lover, Wildlife Kate (blog) took it upon herself to show us all how to successfully build at fabulous garden wildlife pond to help attract and support the creatures in our own back-garden paradises, using a few well-implements products from Swell UK – Her pictures display the results and really show what a little thought and creativity can bring to...

How your Pond or Aquarium Filter Works

When you are just starting out or even just thinking about taking up fish keeping for a hobby, it could be that your knowledge of filters can be summed up by a simple statement: Pond and aquarium filters are ‘magic boxes’ that clean my water.There’s no shame in this, especially if you are only a budding aquarist, and most of us have been there at some point. We thought it would be a good...

How Important is Accurate Fish Feeding?

From watching an experienced aquarist feed their fish, you might be forgiven for thinking that this is a relatively inexact science, however the reality is that fish feeding should be a scheduled and relatively precise portion of your aquarium or pond keeping regime, and here are a few reasons why: Choosing the right fish food This is the first thing you need to think about. Take a look at the fis...

Why Is My Pond Losing Water?

Sadly, this can be a tricky one as many pond owners have found out over the years. There are a number of different reasons as to why your pond water levels might be dropping, and getting on top of the situation ASAP is important to maintaining good depth.The most important thing to remember is to keep your fish’s health and safety as your main priority – make contingency plans for where and ...

What is Wrong with my Pond Water?

Usually at the opposite ends of the year, winter and summer, ponds around the UK take a turn for the worse. This is often due to changes in the weather and the pond’s environment, and like with everything biological, early detection and treatment is the best way forward.Here is a list of the 4 things that could be wrong with your pond water: Nitrates If you have taken a stroll down through the...

Common Fish Diseases and Treatments

Some fish diseases are more common than others, and whether you keep pond fish, freshwater, tropical or marine fish either outside or in an aquarium, they are all sadly susceptible to these 4 nasty diseases.Fortunately, the remedies are on offer too. So let’s take a look at 4 of the most Common Fish Diseases: White Spot This is probably the most common disease of all because nearly all fish ar...

Choosing the Best Pond Plants

Garden pond plants are very good for your pond in more ways than one. Not only do they make your pond look amazing, they are also very functional. Plants can transform your pond into a haven for insects and wildlife, creating an organic atmosphere and making your garden full of life.Pond plants offer natural filtration as they can absorb harmful chemicals and metals from your pond water. They al...

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