A pond is a perfect way of adding beauty to any outdoor space. It does require some effort however. The secret is, if you take proper care of your pond from the beginning, you can avoid issues from cropping up in the future.
Below we’ve outlined 4 Simple Steps that you can use to keep your pond healthy and running smoothly.
1 – Maintain Water Level
As you interact with your pond during the week be sure to check the water level and add water as necessary. Running a pump while the water level is low can be problematic.
2 – Avoid Overfeeding Your Fish
Overfeeding fish is one of the most common mistakes made by well-meaning owners. A good rule of thumb is to not feed the fish more than what they will eat in 5 minutes. It’s important to not overfeed the fish, the extra food can have a negative effect on their health varying by species.
3 – Clear Debris
During your pond checks try to clear debris as often as possible. Decaying debris, combined with fish waste and leftover fish food, can cause ammonia levels to rise in your pond. Removing debris and adding beneficial bacteria helps keep your pond healthy and clean.
4 – Clean Filters Regularly
Filters come in all shapes and sizes. It’s important to select the proper size for your pond. Keep in mind: most companies that manufacture filters rate their filters based on ideal conditions. If you exceed those conditions, your filter becomes less effective. It’s a good idea to up-size your filter so that it can handle more than the capacity of your pond.
These 4 simple steps give you a good start on your keeping your pond running smoothly. If you’d like to learn more about pond maintenance we’ve developed a comprehensive Guide to Pond Maintenance that is available to you FOR FREE.