All posts by Tom Iveson

How to check and service your pond pumps

Pond pump maintenance explained

How to check and service your pond pumpsYour pump is incredibly important for your pond’s health and vitality, and at Swell UK we get plenty of calls every summer about problem pond pumps that can usually be sorted by a good servicing and general care.We get it, in the dead of winter, nobody wants to go outside and start dredging through their pond to give their pump and good clean out, ...

What size pond pump do I need?

What Pond Pump Size Do I need?

Choosing what size of pond pump to run your filtration systems is one of the most important things to consider when setting up your pond, and at Swell UK it’s something we get asked about a lot.Putting aside makes and models for the time being, the first thing you need to establish is what flow rate you are going to require to run the filtration systems in your pond. This primarily comes dow...

Preparing water for aquariums and ponds

At the beginning of your aquatics hobby, you are going to come across numerous was to make you water safe for your fish, and it can get a little confusing. At Swell UK, we get asked about this all the time, so here’s a handy breakdown:Why do I need to treat my aquarium or pond water?Your home tap water from UK reservoirs is far from being just pure H2O, and goes through a lot of treatmen...

Taking care of Axolotls in captivity, keeping your pet happy and healthy

Cute, not so cuddly but curious little creatures, axolotls are definitely taking a bigger share of the exotic pets hobby than ever before, and therefore information about how to care for them is becoming more and more important. If you are thinking about getting one, learning how to take care of them is the first step. Axolotl habitats First of all, it’s important to remember that despite your...

Electric Algae Killers and how your pond UVC works

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Algae problems ruining your summer pond? Lets get that sorted.One of the biggest weapons against algae in a pond keeper’s arsenal is a professional standard UVC, or Ultra Violet Clarifier. While blanket weed is best treated with biological or mechanical solutions such as barely straw algaecide, the free floating green algae that causes that murky green/brown tinge to your water needs somethi...

The Heron Deterrent: How to keep predators out of your garden pond

Whether you are in the countryside or in the middle of town, there are a range of domestic and wild predators that are more than happy to make a meal out of your well-tended koi and other pond fish.Frustrating and costly, visits from herons, cats and even otters can devastate your pond stock, taking expensive fish and effecting the health of survivors through worry, lowering their immune syste...

Suffering from New Pond Syndrome? We can help with that.

Setting up a new pond from scratch can often lead to a moment of disappointment as your freshly built garden oasis turns to a nasty green sludge during the first few weeks and months.Known as ‘New Pond Syndrome’, this happens due to a chemical imbalance in your pond water that your fledgling filter isn’t yet mature enough to deal with. Don’t worry, these things settle down, and there a...