All posts by Jeremy Gay

Jeremy Gay is an author, lifelong fishkeeper, and aquatic specialist. He's a former editor of Practical Fishkeeping Magazine, UK editor at Reefbuilders, a former aquatic store manager, and has collected fish in Sri Lanka and the Amazon. He's been on tv and radio, contributed to Koi Carp and Gardeners World magazines, been a product tester, a judge, and a product developer. Jeremy is here to guide and advise you on all things tropical, pond and marine, from set-up to stocking, health, feeding to breeding, as well as solving many common fishkeeping problems along the way.
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New Pro Series Koi Pellets from Swell UK

Leading online retailer Swell UK has launched two new premium Koi foods, just in time for summer 2021.Named Swell Pro All-Season and Swell Pro Koi Growth pellets, the two diets are aimed at either year-round nutrition or summer growth spurts and are manufactured in small batches for optimum freshness. Pellets are the food of choice for koi keepers and discerning fish pond owners and ...

What botanicals can do for your aquarium

Botanicals are a real buzzword right now and they’re used in everything from herbal remedies to Gin. In short a botanical is a plant or part of a plant that is used for its therapeutic properties, scent or flavour. With herbs being the most famous botanicals.But in the last few years, the botanical properties of some plant leaves and seed pods have given rise to their use in freshwater aqua...

Why doesn’t my pond pump come with a plug?

Every electrical item comes with a fitted plug these days, right? Not if it’s a pond pump, as the rules are different for outdoor sockets and permanent outdoor electrical installations.Part P of the government’s building regulations state that any permanent electrical socket fitted outside and connected to the house mains must only be installed by a qualified electrical contractor.  ...

How to choose an automatic feeder

Automatic feeders are the best solution for feeding your fish for you if you go away. They can deliver a set amount of food at the same time each day, or even several times a day, keeping your fish just as well-fed as when you’re there to feed them yourself. A must-have for fishkeeping holiday-makers automatic feeders are even useful for extra feeds when you’re at work, helping to ke...

How to troubleshoot a faulty airpump

Airpumps provide vital oxygen to ponds and aquariums, helping to keep fish and even filter bacteria alive. But lots of things can negatively affect airpump performance and the number of bubbles they produce, and sometimes air flow can stop altogether. Check for kinksThe most common cause of reduced or lack of airflow is a kink in the airline. Check the whole length of the airline to make...

How to select the right quartz sleeve and bulb for your UV

Ultra Violet Clarifiers are designed to work with filtration to clear green pond water. They do this by emitting ultraviolet light, which damages the tiny green algae cells that flow past it. Get the right sized UVC for your pond and they work brilliantly well, clearing green water and keeping it at bay throughout the season. But UV bulbs have a relatively short life and should be change...

How to install a pond filter

In a previous guide we went through the pros and cons of each main type of pond filter. With your choice made, here’s how to install them. How to install a box filterBox filters work via gravity so they need to be placed above the pond. For ground-level ponds, the box should be placed at the edge of the pond, with the outlet projecting over so the filtered water drops back into the...

How to select the right hose and hose clips for your pump

If you want to power a waterfall or connect your pump to a filter or UVC, you’ll need some pond hose. Pond hose comes in different types and sizes to do different jobs and handle different flow rates in the pond. The hose must be wide enough not to restrict water flow from the pump, flexible so that it doesn’t kink, and it needs to fit onto your pump and filter at each end without leaking.&nb...

How to choose a solar-powered pond pump

Solar is a great way to get water moving in the garden without having to use mains electricity. You can create a fountain in a pond or water feature powered solely by the sun, resulting in a low voltage, safe feature with eco credentials to boot. How they workSolar-powered pond pumps consist of a solar panel, a cable, and a small fountain pump. The panel is placed in an area of full ...

How to set up a pond plant kit

Marginal plants are great for encouraging wildlife to the pond and helping to clear. Here's how to set up a marginal pond plant kit in minutes.1. Your Complete Kit contains the basket, pond safe aquatic compost, plants and gravel.2. Take the basket out first.3. Fill it with the aquatic compost.4. Remove the pond plants from the packaging.5. Push them into the soil, le...

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