and Garden Pond Water Quality
A backyard pond or water garden is a little world and eco-system we created that may
need our help occasionally to achieve the natural balance necessary to
sustain pond life and healthy pond fish. This is usually not difficult.
It is very important to eliminate chlorine when filling the pond. Many products are available to accomplish this. Pond fish
cannot live in Chlorinated Water. A
is usually necessary if pond fish are present in the garden pond. A pond
purpose is to keep the pond fish healthy by establishing a beneficial bacterial
colony that converts fish waste into harmless water components. It is
important not to clean the pond filter with chlorinated tap water because the
chlorine will kill the beneficial bacteria.
and Ammonia levels need to be tested regularly, especially in a
new pond. It may take a few weeks for
bacteria to establish a colony large enough to
handle the waste produced by the pond fish. It is
usually advisable to add bacteria to a new ponds and every spring to
established garden ponds. Start out slowly when adding fish to a new pond, no
more than two or three a week, so the fish waste does not overwhelm the
bacteria colony. Do not feed the pond
fish the first few days in the new pond, so the waste produced is kept
to a minimum.
Testing for pH levels is also very important. Nothing in the pond will
thrive if the pH is too far out of balance. The pH of the pond should be
as close to neutral (6.8 - 7.4) as possible. Many good products are
test and adjust the pH.
Other tests, such as salt level and ammonia and nitrite levels can be
performed if needed.
Once the garden pond is established it is usually
sufficient to test in early spring and every few
weeks after that. The pond will generally take
care of itself once the natural balance has been
achieved by adding bacteria and Pond Plants, unless substantial water changes are made.
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