The quality of your water display can make or break your water gardens. This is why it is very important for pond owners to keep the water clean.
Read this article to learn about tips that will help you keep your pond water clear and also maintain the quality of your water garden.
Maintain the right fish population
Not maintaining the correct population of fish in your pond water can lead to excessive fish waste that can create an imbalance in water garden. If you have an excess fish population, then you can transfer some of them to a different home or talk to pond retailers that will take some of your fish.
Don’t overfeed your fish
Feeding your fish more than they can eat will leave the food unused that will eventually rot in the pond. Remember to not feed your fish more than once a day. Keep the food in the pond for no more than 3 minutes. Any remaining food after that should be removed from the pond.
Maintain a healthy balance of plants
Never keep more than 40-60% plants on the surface of pond. Too many plants in the water can cause oxygen deficiency at night.
Choose the right pump size
The main purpose of a pond pump is to circulate water after every hour so that it keeps the pond clean. To ensure that it does its job properly, you must make sure that the pond pump isn’t restricted by dirt or debris. Since every pump has flow restrictions, you should make the right choice for your pond to ensure that it works efficiently in keeping the pond clean.
Remove all debris
Leaving debris in your pond unattended can cause decay. If left to its own devices, the rotting debris mixes with fish waste and excess fish food that increases the level of ammonia in the pond. This is why you should clean out your pond of all the debris. Additionally, you should add beneficial microbes to the pond to keep it clean and healthy.
Choose the correct filtration process
A filter for your pond should be proportionate to its size. Don’t forget to take into account the fact that most manufacturers will rate their filters’ performance based on ideal circumstances. However, if your filter is made under-filter those circumstances, its efficiency will naturally decrease and make it less effective. To avoid that, always buy a size bigger so that it is able to handle more than the actual capacity of the pond. Also, don’t forget to clean up based on manufacturer’s instructions.
Keep it cool during summers
Pond water is unable to retain oxygen when its temperature increases more than 75°F. This is why you must install shaded plants to maintain the pond temperature.
All these factors will not only keep your pond looking healthy but also maintain the life of your water garden.