Pond Advice

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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 ...

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 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...

How to set up a floating pond plant kit

Floating plant baskets allow marginal plants to be placed in water of any depth and aren’t confined by the need for a marginal planting shelf. Here’s how to set up a complete kit that comes with basket, soil, gravel and even the live pond plants themselves. Follow these simple steps and you’ll have marginal plants in minutes!1. Your floating plant kits contains pond soil, plants, grave...

How to clean a pond pump

Pond pumps need regular cleaning and maintenance because of the dirty job they have to do. Even new pumps can clog up and stop and working if they suck in too much algae and debris. If your pump stops working the first thing to do is access, check and clean the impeller. Here's how:1. Switch off the pumpSwitch off the pump at the mains and to be extra safe and sure, unplug it. If the pum...

How to make a pond

Spring is coming, the sun is out and its time to start thinking about those big garden projects again. If you haven’t already got one, a pond should be one of those projects as it transforms a garden, bringing life and movement, encouraging wildlife and bringing us closer to nature. They don’t have to be big or expensive either, and a small pond can be dug, lined and filled within a day. ...

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