Fishing Pond Maintenance


Fishing ponds make a delightful addition to the design of a garden. They provide visual pleasure and can lend a sense of tranquility. Fish ponds, however, need ongoing maintenance to keep them beautiful, safe and clean.


A low-maintenance pond is best for busy individuals. A strategic location void of trees will eliminate the daunting task of keeping the pond debris-free. Locating the pond on a low-lying lawn will keep run-off water from entering and causing pollution.


Fill fish ponds with chemical-free water. Chlorine is detrimental to fish. Chemical sprays and fertilizers should not be sprayed near ponds.


Do not overstock the pond with fish. Too many fish can lead to a depletion in oxygen as well as create an imbalance in pH levels. A sparsely stocked pond containing natural aquatic plants will help fish survive longer.


Proper filtration is extremely important in a fish pond as fish and other wildlife produce biological wastes. Filters will help clean and aerate the water. The aerated water will help provide the fish with needed oxygen.


Monitoring the fish feeding schedule is important. Overfed fish can create waste and pollute the water. Underfeeding can cause starvation and make the fish vulnerable to sicknesses. Quarantine and treat diseased fish.


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Loraine Degraff has been a writer and educator since 1999. She recently began focusing on topics pertaining to health and environmental issues. She is published in "Healthy Life Place" and "Humdinger" and also writes for Suite101. Degraff holds a Master's degree in Communications Design from Pratt Institute.