Make Your Pond A Healthy Place For Fish To Thrive
When you want to add a little bit more interest to your garden, installing a pond is a good place to start. There is just something very relaxing about water in a garden, as it sets a peaceful and idyllic backdrop for the rest of your outdoor space. If you are also a lover of nature and wildlife, there isn’t a better way to attract animals, insects and exciting breeds of plants to your garden. Of course, many of us opt for putting in a pond purely so that we can house fish. Fish ponds are typically harder to look after than a natural wildlife pond, but it can be very relaxing to sit by the side of your pond on an evening watching your fish swim lazily around. Many people couldn’t imagine their pond or at least their whole garden without fish, and most of us can probably agree that they are fascinating creatures. Here are a few things you need to know about keeping your pond healthy, so your fishy friends can continue to thrive.
Make the water safe
Unlike land mammals, fish are cold blooded animals, and they are very sensitive to changes in temperature. Before you put them in your pond, you will need to acclimatise them by putting them in a bucket and adding your pond water bit by bit. If you are filling up your pond using water from your tap, make sure you treat it to remove any chlorides, as these could potentially be harmful to your fish.
Install a filter and pump system
Your fish need to be submerged in oxidised water to survive, which is why you will need to install a pump and filter system in your pond. If your pond is very large or very deep, you will need to bear its size in mind when choosing your pond filters. Biological filters and UV filters are great for ponds that are home to both plenty of plants and animals as they remove chemicals and can even eradicate algae cells. Once the water has passed through the filtration system, only clean water should be returned to the pond, making it a safe place for your fish to thrive. If you do want to add even more oxygen to your pond, consider adding some oxygenating water plants.
Minimise the risk of any threats
Even if you know the water itself is safe for your fish, there are still some other threats they could face that you don’t have as much control over. Even with a filter installed some algae can still survive, and for this reason, you may want to add some crayfish to your pond – they eat algae so can assist you with keeping the areas clean that your filter might miss. Just make sure you place some rocks and plants on the bottom of your pond, so they have somewhere to hide – crayfish love hidey-holes. You may also find that birds of prey swoop down when you’re not around and pick your fish clean out of the water. A simple way to avoid this is to cover your pond with a net when you are not around – this gives you (and your fish!) peace of mind.