Pond Advice

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A buyer’s guide to pond food

Swell UK Accurate Fish Feeding

Getting the right food for your fish can be critical to their well being. Feed the right food and you can enhance growth, colour and a well-fed, strong, healthy fish is naturally more resistant to disease. Here’s what you need to know about pond foods. SizeSmall fish should be fed small foods and large fish, large ones, so when selecting your fish food choose either small, medium o...

Frequently asked questions on ponds

What is the volume of my pond?You need to know the volume of your pond for all sorts of reasons from knowing how much tap safe or treatment to add, to selecting the right pump, filter and UV.Measure your pond’s maximum length, width and depth in metres then multiply them to get the answer in cubic metres e.g 4x2x.75=6. There are 1000 litres in a cubic metre so that pond size will have ...

Pond water issues and how to fix them

Garden pond with pond plants

Green waterThe most common visual water problem, green water will peak when the hours of daylight are longest, and when the water is at its warmest, with lots of fish food going in.A short term fix is to add a Greenwater treatment, but best long term, and the only way to really beat it, is to fit an Ultra Violet Clarifier (UVC) to your pond pump and filter.Cloudy waterCloudy wate...

Ultimate pond project!

Ok, you’ve got a minimum of three weeks at home and you need something to do. Something to keep your mind occupied. Something to keep you exercised. Its time for that big pond project!Now you really do have the time to create the pond you always wanted, but it’s all about the planning. Let’s begin. PlacementThere are two trains of thought regarding pond placement. The first...

Spring pond care

Spring is so nearly upon us. The days are getting lighter, daffodils are pushing up and the birds are singing. Now is the time to make your pond ready for spring and summer. InspectThe first thing to do is go out and look at the pond, and inspect it. Is the filter still running? Can you see any dead fish floating? Is the cover net still covering the pond or is it sagging in the water...

The Swell UK Guide to buying pond fish

Buying pond fish should be one of the most pleasurable sides to owning a pond, but there are a few things to look out for:Time of yearOur climate is highly changeable with the seasons and UK pond water temperature can change from nearly zero Celsius to the mid-20s. This can play havoc with a pond fish’s metabolism and immunity, so they shouldn’t be moved, bought or sold at certain tim...

How to build a small garden pond from a container

Container ponds are growing in popularity because of their ease of set up, the small space they take up and because if you get it right, they can look great too. Virtually anything can be used as a container pond and they can be placed anywhere from gardens to courtyards, patios, on decking, on balconies or in conservatories. Even indoors.What you’ll needFirst choose a suitable...

The stay at home fishkeeper

It looks like we may all have some spare time on our hands this spring/summer, so now may be the time when you can finally get round to doing all those jobs you promised you’d do. And that goes for fish too. Here are a few things to keep you occupied.Re-scapeTake a look at your tank’s interior design and evaluate it. Is it bland and lacking in colour? Does it need some new greenery or...

What should I do with a frog in my garden?

March is the time of year when you are likely to see frogs in your garden. Wet spring weather and the desire to find a mate may well mean that you’ll spot a frog in your garden, even if you don’t have a pond. The first thing to is don’t touch it. British frogs aren’t poisonous but they do have sensitive skin, so you trying to catch it by hand will both stress it and your warm dry...

What is the best pond liner?

The best pond liner is one that is easy to lay, suits your budget, lasts a lifetime, and doesn’t leak. Pond liner can be made from materials including PVC, HDPE, Butyl, EPDM and rubber. Choose a liner that comes with a lifetime guarantee against degradation by the weather and once fitted, you may never need to attend to it again.   How thick does a pond liner need to be?P...

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