Pond Advice

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Which pond pump

pond filter pump

Pond pumps help to bring the water to life and give it a calm relaxing flow. Some pumps have the ability to create a waterfall effect.It’s important to remember that pond pumps need to be given a little TLC every now and again. All they need is a bit of a clean and the filter may occasionally need to be replaced to ensure the smooth running of the pond. The amount of time that you’re able ...

Pond Season has begun!

With spring finally sprung, and your fish becoming more active, now is the time to act and to start the new season off well to help you have a successful and enjoyable experience this season.It is key to start off with a clean pond. Ponds have accumulated a lot of muck over the winter period. While removing the muck make sure to remove all fish and put them in a holding tank as rotting vegetatio...

An introduction to keeeping koi carp

The Koi carp is a beautifully coloured fish that has steadily grown in popularity in the UK since the late 1960s. Initially bred as a mutant in the rice fields of Japanese farmers, it has since become a worldwide phenomenon.Before venturing in the fascinating world of Koi keeping though, you have to consider a few things. You have to allow a considerable part of your budget to first set up the p...

Ponds, pond pumps and winter care

Pond season is about to start so it may be time to replenish the supplies, or if you're new to pond keeping a perfect time to start. If you are new to pond keeping you need to decide what kind of pond you want.Once you have weighed up the size of pond you want you can then choose how you want to build the pond itself. Most people will dig a hole and use a pond liner, but you can also go for a pr...

Lifestyle Aquariums: Innovative Aquarium Designs

Fluval Edge fish tank

Once upon a time keeping an aquarium meant that you needed to master water chemistry or sacrifice large amounts of space in your home but times have changed. Now you can get designer aquariums tailored to your individual tastes that will also add a touch of style to your home.What is a lifestyle aquarium?Lifestyle aquariums are for everyday people who want to bring the pleasure and beauty ...

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 ...

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