Since there’s nothing quite like a pond to add a sense of tranquillity to a garden, here are six expert tips on how to maintain a pond…
A pond can add a sense of serenity to a garden, but it does come with its fair share of upkeep.
As seasons change, fish population and a balanced eco-life are all factors that need to be considered when maintaining a healthy pond.
Fortunately, the experts from Aqua Plastech, an eco-friendly, DIY product range for sealing leaks in dams and ponds, has tips on how to keep a pond in tip-top shape.
1. Avoid overpopulating with fish
Make sure your pond is big enough for fish. A pond volume of between 1 000 to 10 000 plus litres is suitable for holding fish. A good water ratio to fish is one centimetre of fish for 20 litres of water.
For Koi fish, a healthy water environment needs to consider pheromones and toxin control, the advised ratio is one koi fish to 1 000 litres of water.
2. Maintain healthy water flow and aeration
Keeping water cool and oxygen-rich is imperative for a clean pond and a healthy water environment for fish.
More oxygen equals a healthier eco-system that enhances the reproduction of good bacteria to counteract toxins. As a general standard, it is advisable that pond owners circulate water every hour and install an aerator to pump a good amount of oxygen into the pond.
3. Filter size and function
A good filter, correctly sized for your pond, is the foundation for a healthy ecosystem.
A larger filter is necessary for ponds housing more fish and aids in keeping the water clean.