Mike’s Fish Tank – Pond Info

Posted by  //  June 12, 2014  //  Articles, Mike's Fish Tank

This time of year, a lot of people are having fun with their garden ponds. Some people just have small patio ponds and some people have huge ponds. I guess it all depends on how much room you have. Whether small or big, a garden pond can be a lot of fun and a great hobby for the whole family. In ponds that are smaller you do not want to overload the pond with fish waste. Goldfish can grow with the size of the surrounding enviroment. Koi will grow to 30 inches or more. Koi will become fairly destructive to plants as they grow beyond 12 inches.

Koi can add a lot of waste to the pond using up oxygen quickly and adding to the ammonia and nitrite load in the pond. This can cause:

1. Dirty water

2. Algae Blooms

3. Fish death in low oxygen enviroments during ice cover in winter and hot weather in summer

Once you have a good amount of pond fish, and a healthy balanced eco system, do not add any  more  fish. Sometimes adding just 1 more fish above what your pond can support can cause a problem which may turn out to be costly.

Fish ponds need not be real deep. 2 feet to 3 feet is good for cool water in the summer and hiding from preadators.

Don’t build them in a bowl shape, if you need to get in and clean out the pond its nice to have levels to step down. A shallow area is good to view fish. In the Winter if the pond is not deep enough and there is a chance the water may freeze, then bring your fish inside or add a pond heater or bubbler so part of the pond stays unfrozen for the fish.

Some people feed pond fish because they want too, if you dont feed them fish food then they will eat their natural diet of algae and small bug larvae. Larger pond fish may prefer pond pellets where smaller pond fish may prefer pond flakes.

Goldfish (Comets, Sarasa comets), Shubunkins (calico goldfish), Rosey Minnows, and Golden Orfs all make great pond fish in ponds.

Some catfish such as channel cats can also make decent pond fish, as they do not mind the cooler water.

We have lots of nice pond fish in stock.

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