Pond Advice

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How to keep your fish pond from freezing

When cold weather is spreading across the UK it means ice and snow for many people. Pond ice is bad for fish for several reasons.Firstly it means that the water temperature becomes very cold. Although koi and goldfish are classed as coldwater fish, they can’t survive at zero Celsius or below and in fact, need a thermal layer of water that sits at 4C under the ice. This means that a pond mu...

How to insulate your pond in winter

Winter garden pond

Our pond fish are by their very nature coldwater, but although they can tolerate extended winter weather, it doesn’t mean to say it does them any good. As pond water cools the fish’s immune system becomes vulnerable, they eat less and stop growing, and any damage or infection takes a long time to repair. Koi keepers who show their fish want them to achieve maximum growth throughout s...

Can I still build a pond in Autumn?

A beautiful garden pond

Autumn is a good time to build a pond because terrestrial vegetation is starting to die back yet the ground is moist, but not frozen, so easy to dig. Create a pond now and you’ll get to watch it develop and flourish right throughout spring and summer next year. It’ll be there for when frogs and newts spawn in early spring too. Mark it outUse a hosepipe, some rope or line marking spra...

How to take care of your pond this October

Pond pump maintenance explained

The weather definitely turns in October, with more rainfall and lots of leaves. If you have one, open the drain valve on your filter to purge excess water from the pond. Leave at least a 4” gap from the surface and the edge of the pond so that it doesn’t overflow with the next lot of rainfall.Keep the pond cover net suspended tightly over the pond and not touching the water as if it does...

How to be a better pond keeper

Facebook is filled with posts of newly built ponds and some serve as a great inspiration to others on how a pond can be achieved in a small space or on a budget. It's also filled with ponds that were built in error however and will suffer from a number of problems in the future. Here are some pointers that if you stick to you’ll be a problem-free new pond owner in no time.Make sure it’s l...

What sorts of fish can live in an outside pond?

Koi carp

There are around a dozen species of fish that suit the UK climate year-round and are legal to be kept in our ponds. Of all of them, goldfish and goldfish varieties like shubunkins and Sarasa comets are the best for most ponds because they are cheap, hardy, colourful and don’t grow too large. If you have a large pond then Koi Carp and Golden Orfe are suitable too and will reward you with rapid g...

When should I start to feed Wheatgerm?

pond stick fish food

When Autumn is upon us it's time to start thinking about preparing the pond for the colder months. Use a pond thermometer to monitor the water temperature as it will be different from the air temperature because it warms and cools more slowly. Stop feeding high protein growth feeds when the water temperature hits 15℃ and below, and from 15 -10℃ switch back to a staple diet. When the ...

How to get really clear pond water

pone with clear water

The ultimate aim for any fish pond owner is to be able to view and enjoy their fish. Here’s the Swell UK guide to getting gin-clear pond water.Fit a UV ClarifierUltra Violet Clarifiers are purpose-built to destroy the unicellular algae that cause green water in ponds. You cannot overdo the amount of UV you have on a pond but you can underdo it, and have too high a flowrate for it to be ...

Can I put Sterlet and Sturgeon in my pond?

Sterlet and Sturgeon are very popular because of their prehistoric, shark-like looks and the way they stick their noses out of the water, but there are a few things you need to know about them before you add one to your pond. How big do they grow?Most Sterlet grow to 36”/90cm in length, but Sturgeon can grow a lot bigger and pond owners have achieved lengths of five feet or more. S...

How to breed pond fish

Have your pond fish being chasing each other and splashing around lately? They’re probably spawning. Most of the fish species available to pond owners in the UK can be bred, and most breed in the same way. Goldfish (including shubunkins and Sarasa comets,) Koi, Tench, Orfe and Rudd are all egg scatterers.Summer temperatures warm pond water and the female’s bellies start to swell up with ...

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