So its time to start getting those garden ponds back in shape again, plus your fish will be very hungry after that long winter so get feeding. there are a number of products that will help you get your pond/fish back into shape.
General Pond Maintenance : All winter plant matter and fish matter (waste) decaying in your pond will negativley effect your waters chemistry, and this is something that should be kept in check , especially if you plan on introducing new livestock, this is ver very important. a very easy way is to test with a API test kit on a regular basis, they are very easy to use/ read and will last the average person quite a while.
Filters/UV tubes : If your pond has a filtration system, we reccommend you change/wash out your filter media, and if you have a UV steralizer to change the tube inside also. sponges over time, degrade slowly and will process less and less waste. This will make your water cloudy/discoloured and will seriously effect your fishes health. This will also promote an algae bloom in your pond which is very unsightly all together. (eg : a new filter sponge will process 100% of waste , after 6 months or so it will only process about 60%.
Food : At baummanns we reccommend you start feeding your fish at least twice daily. the more they eat the bigger, happier and healthier they will be. we recommoned feeding with Tetra Pond Food Sticks. it is a complete food containing all the essential nutrients, minerals, trace elements and vitimans for a nutrional and biologically balanced diet. this will give your fish a healty immune system, energy and vitality.
How you feed is important too, too much will pollute the pond and too little will leave your fish unhappy and ill , little but often is a good rule to follow, but never more than they can eat within one minuite. Tip every time you approch the pond have a small ammouunt of pond pellets to feed them, in time your fish will associate you with food and will swim to you whenever you approch the pond .
Water Maintenance : So with decaying plant matter and fish waste accumulating all winter it will effect your water chemistry and your fish health in your pond. it will make your PH drop and increase Ammonia levels which is very bad for your fish and plants. For water changes Tetra Aquasafe treats and dechlorinates tap water and makes it safe for your fish and filters. If not used with a water change it will effect your water negatively. when introducing new stock it is very important to sure that you have done at least one waterchange within two weeks before adding new stock.
Green water : Algae and Blanket weed will make your water look like a pool of pea soup, and is very bad for your fish and live plants and should be treated as soon as you notice it !
Two products called Tetra Algorem and Tetra Algofin will effectivley treat both types of algae that will appear in your pond. there are many reasons algae will appear in your pond and the main reason is waste and sludge building up in your pond feeding th algae. Again this can be corrected by adding Blagdon Sludge Buster, this will break down sludge.
For any more advice feel free to drop into our store in stillorgan village
also stocks of goldfish are now available in store , koi will be available in the next few weeks.
You can see Part two Of Our Pond Maintenance Post Here.