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Safety Precautions When Giving Medication

Unless we are expert chemists, we generally do not know much about the chemical compositions of the fish medications that we purchase; nor are we probably aware about the potential reactions/counter-reactions that these chemicals might unleash when they come into contact with other chemicals (or even the biological filter “media”) in our ponds. So the safest way to administer fish medications (even if they are just for disinfection, anesthesi ...


Drip Filters Or Trickle Filters On Near-Frozen Ponds? Will They Still Work?

Pond owners using Trickle Filters or Drip Filters on their near-frozen ponds need not worry if the pond’s almost-frozen state prevents the filters from “working” properly. They do not even need to “open up” the pond, because the filtration and aeration action of these types of filters actually happen outside of the pond itself. ...

What Does Black Spots On Your Pond’s Bottom Substrate Indicate?

If you see black spots on your pond’s bottom substrate layer, this indicates a low-oxygen environment caused by a high concentration of sulfur and/or amino acids. Another indication of this high concentration of sulfur and/or amino acids is a “rotten egg” smell. Perhaps when you see/smell these indicators, it is time to consider employing a pond skimmer and/or biological filters, particularly those using Zeolite as the “active” ingred ...

Correct Depth To Plant Water Lilies

The Correct Way to Introduce Water Lilies into Your Pond is to Allow Them to Get Used to Three Water Depth Levels. It is wrong to immediately “position” them in a deep zone at once. To “introduce” them the correct way, position the water lily basket first on a shallow level and wait until the water lily has grown at least seven leaves. After observing so, remove the lily basket and position it at a deeper spot, and wait again for ano ...

Air Stones Between Filter Media

A trick which “rookie” pond owners should adapt is, if they have air stones, one or some of them should be “positioned” between “biological” filter media (that is, if they also use “biological” filters). Doing so not only “improves” the circulation of oxygen (air stones, by their very nature, “do” increase the circulation of oxygen), but the “mixing” action of the water circulation by the air stones before it gets in ...

Trying To Build A Polyester Pond?

Trying to Build a Polyester Pond? The best advise we can give you is, unless you are a really good and experienced DIY-er (i.e, “do-it-yourselfer”), then you should leave the constructing to the experts. Although not so difficult to construct, polyester ponds present some unique challenges to first-time pond builders, and if you do not possess the requisite wisdom and experience to build them, then trust us: it is best to leave the actual ...

Observe Fishes During Feeding

Also Observe Your Fishes During Feeding. While we have earlier stated that feeding time is the best time to “bond” with your fishes, it is also during this time (when they are “up close”) that you should observe your fishes for any unusual behavior that could, for instance signal the onset of disease. In particular, be on the lookout for any fishes that appear “sluggish” or won’t “surface” or eat during feeding time. They migh ...

Use Pond Substrate Instead Of Ordinary Soil

Some first-time pool owners make the mistake of using ordinary garden soil during the construction of their ponds, and also for their aquatic plants. Ordinary garden soil is not good because it is quite dirty (it easily “pollutes” the pond), is very porous, and contains the “wrong” nutrients which can promote the growth of the algae that gives ponds a greenish coloration and “blocks” sunlight. Use pond substrate (the mud-like material ...

“Dirty” Filters Are Definitely The Best

“Dirty” Filters are Definitely the Best There is this strange saying among veteran pond owners and aquarists that goes like, “dirty filters are definitely the best”. This does not imply that we should never clean our pond’s filters, but that we should never clean them thoroughly, especially if they are the “biological” type. This is so because we run the risk of wiping out entire “friendly” bacterial colonies if we clean our f ...

Cautions When Using Chemical Filters

Exercise Extreme Caution and Vigilance When Using Chemical Filters Many novice pond owners (even non-beginners, actually) make the mistake of purchasing (and using) chemical filters for their ponds without actually “educating” themselves about the “do’s” and “dont’s” as well as “nuts & bolts” knowledge about the chemical filter materials (such as Zeolite and Activated Carbon) used in these setups. Be forewarned that if ...

One Koi Per 1,000 Liters (or 1 Cubic Meter) Of Water

To maintain the quality of your pond’s water, keep in mind that fully-grown pond fishes can grow to between 30 and 50 cm in length and some of them (like Koi and Goldfish) have to be kept in shoals, so there should be some sort of “occupancy standards” for ponds. The basic rule of thumb is to “allocate” at least 0.5 cubic meter of water for every fully-grown fish, but for Koi, the rule is at least 1.0 cubic meter for every fully-grow ...

The Best Boxes For Transporting Koi

Would you believe that the most “ideal” boxes for transporting your Koi are the ones from which they came with when they were “imported” from Japan? These boxes are long, narrow boxes with just the right dimensions for the plastic bags containing water and the Koi to hold firmly. So the next time you buy Koi from your favorite dealer, ask for the box with which the Koi came from and do not throw the box away when you get home; keep it fo ...

Basic “Winter Care” For Water Hyacinth And Pistia

The onset of winter presents many challenges to pond owners, not just with respect to the safety and well-being of their fishes, but also for that of the plants. In general, in places where you have “real” winters with thick snow, icy-cold temperatures, etc., most tropical plants do not “make it” through the winter especially if they are left in the pond, so they should be removed as soon as the water temperature drops below 60 degrees F ...

Use A Pond Skimmer With Open Circuit Pump

If You’re Going to Use a Pond Skimmer, Make it a Point to Pair it with an Open Circuit Pump. Because if you use a close-circuit (or close-impeller) pond pump with your skimmer, then chances are high that it will get jammed, as the skimmer usually “sucks in” a lot of dirt and debris. In an open-range (or open-impeller) skimmer, the “sucked-in” dirt and debris can easily be cleaned off. ...

Purchase Ponds During Autumn

Just like it is the best time to construct a pond during the Autumn or Fall, it is also the best time to purchase a second-hand or brand-new one. Pond business just seems to “pick up” during Autumn; from new stocks and/or discounts on plants, pumps, etc., anything pond-related seems to be inexpensive (or at least you’ll get a better deal) if the purchase is done during Autumn. ...