September 13, 2016

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 ...

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September 12, 2016

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. ...

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September 11, 2016

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. ...

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September 9, 2016

Use Only Pond Water For Cleaning Filters

When Cleaning Your Pond’s Filters, Use Only Your Pond’s Water This is the safest practice when cleaning your pond’s filters: use only the water from that pond. Do not use detergents or other cleaning agents, just the water from the pond where the filter was taken from. This way, you will not make any “damage” to the filter’s biological or chemical “make-up”. Also, do not employ any “vigorous” cleaning actions like deep scr ...

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September 7, 2016

Put A Sunfish In Your Pond

Put a Sunfish in Your Pond. This might seem like a crazy idea, considering that the sunfish is a small predatory fish, but sunfishes count parasites (along with other small fishes) in their menu of preys, so perhaps if all your Koi are big, then the sunfish would only feast on the parasites and other non-Koi organisms in your pond. However, do not put a male and a female sunfish (or plenty of them) because, in the absence of other predatory f ...

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September 6, 2016

How To Avoid “Resistance” Among Fish Diseases

Just like some human diseases, fish diseases could develop some sort of “resistance” against medication, and this may happen if you regularly use the same fish medicines over and over; the parasite or disease simply builds up a “natural” resistance to the drug, and the medication loses its efficacy. Change your fish medications every now and then or, better yet, do preventive measures such as disinfecting or replacing the water, but do ...

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September 5, 2016

The Correct Way Of Taking A Water Sample From Your Pond

Nowadays, many pond dealers offer the service to test your pond’s water for free or at a reasonable price, as long as you “bring in” the water sample yourself. Now, in order not to “taint” the results, you have to “take” your pond water’s sample the “right” way: take a clean, empty mineral water bottle (never use the bottle of a carbonated beverage), rinse it for at least three times with your pond’s water (to remove any r ...

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September 4, 2016

Pamper Your Water Lilies With Fertilizers

Because water lilies play a very important role in your pond in that they “protect” your fishes from the sun’s powerful rays by “shading” them and providing “hiding places” for them, it is also imperative that you protect your pond’s water lilies from the sun’s rays and the elements by “feeding” them a steady diet of fertilizers specifically made for water lilies and other aquatic plants. Even if they are known to be a har ...

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September 3, 2016

Start Your Koi “Hobby” With The Kohaku

There is an often-said “tradition” among Koi keepers around the world that your first Koi purchase should be (or should include) a Kohaku, a Koi variety that has a white (“shiro”) body with red (“aka”) markings (or “hi”) across its body. ...

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September 2, 2016

Trim Yellow Iris Regularly

If you happen to plant some Yellow Iris near or around (or even “in”) your pond, you should trim them regularly. Doing so will “encourage” growth and ensure that it consumes just the right amount of nutrients from the pond water and/or substrate/surrounding soil. If left untrimmed, the plant would consume excessive amounts of nutrients from the pond’s water but these nutrients may not be evenly-distributed among the plant’s parts beca ...

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September 1, 2016

Buy A Long Landing Net With A Large Head

Whenever you do some maintenance jobs on your pond, you usually need to catch and transfer the fishes to another pond, right? And whenever you take photographs of them, you also need to catch them too for “better” results, right? So “invest” in a sturdy, long landing net with a large head, so that when you catch your fishes, you won’t end up of hurting or unnecessarily “stressing” them. Most landing nets have sturdy long handles ma ...

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August 29, 2016

Use Specially-Made Pond Baskets

Use Specially-Made Pond Baskets. Another “rookie mistake” among new pond owners is to use inexpensive, ordinary “closed” flower pots (made of plastic jars) with their aquatic plants. Never ever use these ordinary closed flower pots because your pond’s Sulfur and other harmful gases will tend to accumulate inside these closed pots and, as a result, your plants’ roots will suffocate and rot. Instead, the “safety” provided by ...

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August 28, 2016

The Safer Way Of Cutting Water Lily Leaves/Stems

If you find a need to “trim away” water lily leaves or stems, the safest way to cut them off is right above or at your pond’s water surface. Because if you were to cut them at the root, you run the risk of water coming down the hollow stem, and that might not be good for the plant itself or for your pond’s water. ...

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August 27, 2016

Do Some “Cleanup” Work On Bog/Marsh Plants In Your Pond

If you have “planted” some bog/marsh plants in your pond, do some regular “cleanup” work on them by removing some of their “snapped-off” stems and leaves before they begin to rot in the water and their decay will “contribute” harmful chemical compounds. ...

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August 26, 2016

Turn Off The UV Lamps To Give Time For The Bacteria

“Turn Off” Your Pond’s UV Lamps Right After the “Addition” of “Friendly” Bacteria to the Biological Filter Media. In particular, “turn off” the UV lamps for 24 to 48 hours to “give time” for the “friendly” bacteria to sort of “frame a housing” around the filter media and/or the pond substrate. Subsequently, after 24 to 48 hours of being “turned off”, you may resume “operating” the UV lamps. ...

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August 25, 2016

Playing With Your Koi

With Koi, Feeding Time Means “Bonding” Time. You may be surprised to here this advise, but the next time you feed them, try “playing” with your Koi (or other fishes for that matter) by gently touching them.They might seem “elusive” at first, but after some time, they would sort of “recognize” your touch and will be “tamed”. Koi are known to “surface” and eat from your hand whereas other fishes might be a little bit more s ...

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August 24, 2016

Watch Out Beneficial Bacteria When Cleaning Filters

When Cleaning Your Pond’s Filters, Watch Out for the “Friendly” or Beneficial Bacteria.  Sometimes when cleaning your pond’s filters, you’ll see a shiny, gelatinous layer,which is easy to spot on dark-colored filter material. This shiny, gelatinous layer (or “biofilm”) is actually the manifestation of the “friendly” or beneficial bacteria “colony”. Do not “destroy” it or apply some chemicals (or even just soap/deterg ...

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