Pond Advice

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Winter pond care

What happens to my pond during winter?During winter your pond undergoes signficant changes. As the temperature lowers the fish will enter a state of hybernation, in which their metabolism and activity will greatly reduce. There is also a risk of the ice freezing over and with the presence of pond plants proper maintenance and cleaning is required.Winter pond care is very important to the healt...

UV Clarifier maintenance: Basic care and repairs

"Most people who keep a pond, take an interest in their equipment, know what's in there and know how to take care of it, and rightly so," says Swell warehouse manager Phil Cross."Unfortunately," he adds, "some people like the idea of a decorative pond, like looking at it, but don't like the idea of looking after it. They don't realise that by not maintaining the equipment they are damaging the...

Pond pump repair is easier than you think

Pond pump repair sounds pretty intimidating. After all a good pond pump is a pretty complicated piece of kit, all wires, cogs, circuitry and complications. Surely you must need a degree in nuclear physics and some sort of Dr Who sonic screwdriver to even get it out of the case?Well no, actually, pond pump repair is actually pretty simple for the most part. Usually your pump will have stopped w...

Children can learn from ponds

At Swell UK, we like to think we know a thing or two about garden ponds, and an underrated value we have noticed is the huge amount of interesting things that children can learn from ponds, helping them better understand the natural world around them, how to help it out, and how to protect it.However, a word to the wise: if you have children in your family and are considering a pond, you must of...

A pond in under an hour

You want a pond in your garden but can't be bothered digging a hole and cutting liner? Well how would you like a pond that you can set up in under an hour?The Affinity Octagon is a free standing feature pond that is perfect for smaller gardens or patios.The Affinity Octagon has rattan panels will look great with your garden furniture and they also have viewing windows so you can see your fish ...

Probably the best pond pump in the world

oase aquamax eco premium

If a certain lager brand did pond pumps.... It would likely be the Oase Aquamax Eco Premium, estimated by many to be the best pond pump on the market.The Eco Premium gives you exactly what you want in a pond pump - reliability, efficiency and lower running costs.With Swell, the Eco Premium also comes with up to £49 worth of free gifts including a top of the range satellite strainer.Th...

Blanket weed blues

Swell control blanket weed

Blanketweed is a common problem in ponds, especially new ponds. There are various ways to get rid of it, but you should choose your plan of attack carefully.Your UV clarifier won't kill blanket weed because a UV can only "zap" algae that floats past the light and blacketweed usually attaches itself to the pond walls - it is not an algae that floats about like green water.Blanketweed thrive...

Dealing with pond pollution

The warm weather has arrived and pond season is upon us. But while the garden is likely to bring us joy in the summer months, a polluted pond would soon cast a grey cloud over things.But how do you know if your pond is polluted?One way is by the behaviour of the fish. They will often grasp at the surface or lie motionless – ion which case you need to break out the test kits. Test regularly f...

Know your nitrite

High nitrite levels can be critical to the health of your fish in both ponds and aquariums. But what is it and what causes it?What is nitrite and what causes it?Nitrite (NO2) - not to be confused with nitrate (although your spellcheck may think otherwise) is a highly toxic pollutant which is produced by bacteria.What is the nitrogen cycle?Beneficial filter bacteria oxidise deadly ammonia (...

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