- Q. POINTS TO CONSIDER WHILE BUYING A POND PUMP
You have to consider the following while buying pump;
- Pond Size
- Dynamic Head Pressure
- Waterfall Width (and desired look)
- Operating Cost / Energy Efficiency
- Price, etc.
- Q. WHAT SIZE POND PUMPS SHOULD I USE?
The pump you choose is based on the size of your pond and the pumping capacity in gallons per hour (gph). By 50 percent circulation rule, the pump ought to flow the whole volume of the pond at least in every two hours.
- Q. TYPES OF FILTERS AVAILABLE FOR PONDS
There are numerous sorts of Pond Filters to choose over. Such as
- Submersible filters
- Gravity discharge filters
- Waterfall filters
- Pressure filters
- Q. MECHANICAL FILTRATION & BIOLOGICAL FILTRATION
- Mechanical filtration is the removal of fine particulate in the pond
- Biological filtration converts harmful ammonia into relatively harmless nitrates by way of the nitrogen cycle.
- Q. SHOULD I HAVE A UV CLARIFIER?
The Answer is yes, because; UV clarifiers help to leave the pond cleaner and clearer by;
- combating green water algae
- use ultraviolet light to destroy the reproductive ability of suspended algae
- Q. WHEN SHOULD I CHANGE MY UV BULB?
- If the bulb glows, its effectiveness against controlling algae will have diminished dramatically. Otherwise, you can replace it for better use
- Q. HOW TO PREPARE MY POND FOR WINTER?
- Shut off your pump
- Care your fish
- Remove toxic gasses Follow the below link for detailed advice, http://thepondboss.net/pondblog/2016/01/20/preparing-a-pond-for-a-freeze/
- Q. HOW OFTEN SHOULD I FEED MY POND FISH?
Rule of thumb: Feed only what they can eat within five minutes (Uneaten food pollutes the pond and poor water quality).
Do not feed your fish below 50°F (Above 60°F /15.5°C you can feed them daily).
- Q. HOW MANY FISH CAN I HAVE IN MY POND?
One general rule of thumb is – one inch of fish for each square foot of water surface area.
- Q. CAN I BUILD A POND IN THE WINTER?
A water garden can be built anytime the ground is suitable for digging. If the ground is wet or frozen, avoid beginning a project until the soil is workable.
- Q. HOW DEEP SHOULD MY POND BE?
The average water garden in the temperate portion of the United States will rarely experience air temperatures below minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit nor exceed much above 110 degrees. This range of temperatures means the water garden must be 18-24 inches deep if the pond will contain goldfish and water plants.
- Q. DO I NEED AERATION IN MY POND?
The answer is yes!! Oxygen is one if the major keys to keeping a pond clean and healthy. Ponds without aeration systems become stratified and a situation of little or no oxygen occurs at the bottom of the pond. This situation kills off bottom dwelling animals that help keep the pond clean.
- Q. WHAT DO I DO ABOUT EXCESSIVE ALGAE?
The causes of algae problem are
- Too much sunlight
- Availability of Too many nutrients
- To know how to control algae in your pond follow the link; http://thepondboss.net/pondblog/2016/01/12/lake-management-dealing-algae-problem/
- Q. WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF FISH ILLNESS?
- Becoming darker or lighter in color
- Appearing emaciated
- Exhibiting listless behavior
- Q. HOW CAN I KEEP MY POND WATER FROM DEVELOPING TOO MANY NUTRIENTS?
- Not to mow their lawns too close to the pond
- Allow grasses and other plants to flourish at the pond’s edge
- Q. HOW CAN I PREVENT FISHES FROM PREDATORS?
- Covering your pond with a fine net
- The water kept at least three feet deep
- Give artificial shelters such as a large pipe or something similar that gives your fish a place to hide
- Q. HOW TO FERTILIZE THE AQUATIC PLANTS IN MY WATER GARDEN?
Prefer the Fertilizing Tablets over liquid fertilizers
- Q. CAN I BUILD MY POND OUT OF CONCRETE?
Yes, concrete may be used but it still needs to be sealed to prevent lime leaching into the pond and negatively affecting the water chemistry
- Q. WHY MY POND GOING GREEN?
A green pond can be caused by several factors.
- Incorrect pH values
- overfeeding and overstocking of fish
- Excess sunlight
- Lack of proper pond maintenance
- Q. CAN I HAVE A POND WHICH IS MAINTENANCE FREE?
NO! There is, however, a low maintenance filtration system which may require as little as ten minutes of your time on a monthly or bi-monthly basis
- Q. WHY FISHES IN MY POND ARE DYING?
The reasons are
- Presence of toxic gasses in pond
- Poor water conditions
- Low oxygen in the water, etc.
- Q. BEST WAY TO LIGHT UP MY FOUNTAIN?
The best way to light up a fountain is to position the light directly underneath the fountain head facing upwards.
- Q. CAN I USE MY PUMP IN SALT WATER?
No, as a general rule, the majority of pond pumps on the market cannot be used in salt water. It will damage your pump.
- Q. WHY USE WATER TREATMENTS?
Testing the water will help identify problems that water treatments can fix or if you need to consider other alternatives such as filtration.