Pond Advice

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How to control pond algae

green pond water

How to control pond algae - trouble shooterWith so much chemistry going on in your pond, having a lookthrough a pond algae trouble shooter might just save you the heartache of a green and stagnant pond.We all know the type of pond algae problem we are talking about, the stubborn ‘pea soup’ pond, where a single or series of factors may have led to algae gaining a rapid and strong hold o...

Getting your pond ready for winter

We get it, its going cold outside and perhaps the last thing you want to do if get your wellies on and prepare your pond for winter, but if you can brave the plummeting temperatures there is real value in a little winter preparation, something we see at Swell UK year in, year out.Seasonal changes in your pondAs Summer draws to a close and the weather starts to bite a little more, there are ple...

The best marine aquarium fish for beginners

The chances are, if you thinking about a marine aquarium you may have already had a freshwater tank before, and generally speaking, we recommend doing so to get you used to the general processes involved in indoor fish keeping before tackling a marine tank. But even then, some marine fish are better than others for beginners in salt water chemistry.At Swell UK, we give a lot of advice about sett...

How to check and service your pond pumps

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, but ...

What size pond pump 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 down ...

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 treatment by...

Electric Algae Killers and how your pond UVC works

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 something...

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 system ...

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 are...

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...

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