Pond Maintenance

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How to Treat Fin Rot in Koi Fish

Often a Koi’s fins can become infected with a parasite. These parasites are not contagious, but they can cause irritation and infection and the symptoms are sometimes mistaken for fin rot. In fact, most of the time, these parasites are simply a sign that your fish is suffering from a larger ailment but, of course, … Read more

How to Kill Cattails in Ponds Naturally

How to Kill Cattails in Ponds Naturally Whether you’re trying to clear out your garden pond of unwanted cattails or you just want to keep them from appearing, there are some effective methods that you can use to kill the plants. These natural methods will help you remove the plant without having to use chemicals … Read more

How to Use pond Barley Straw to Control Algae

Using barley straw to control algae in your pond can be an effective and safe method. This is because barley straw releases natural chemicals into the water, which inhibits the growth of certain kinds of algae. While this is an excellent preventative measure, it does not get rid of existing algae blooms. If you are … Read more

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How to Keep Pond Fish Alive in Winter

Keeping pond fish alive in winter requires a combination of both heat and aeration. Aeration is the exchange of gases with the air. This is important to aquatic life, especially for fish. Aerators move water, which gives oxygen to the water while also allowing gases to escape. It is important to keep a hole in … Read more

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How to Get Rid of Lily Pads in Ponds

Whether you have a small pond or a large lake, lily pads can be a problem. These weeds are known for their ability to shade and choke out other vegetation and aquatic life in the water. However, they are also often appreciated for their decorative qualities. Fortunately, there are ways to remove lily pads from … Read more

How to Get Rid of Duckweed in Ponds Naturally WITHOUT Chemicals

Whether you have a large or small pond, it is important to learn how to get rid of duckweed in your ponds without using chemicals. Fortunately, there are ways to do this that are both natural and effective. What Is Duckweed Exactly? Floating plants like duckweed provide a number of benefits. It is a great … Read more

Step 1: Skim the Surface for Floating Debris

Whether you’re looking to add some fish to your pond or you’re looking to keep your existing pond clean, there are several methods you can use to keep your pond water healthy. The easiest way to clean a pond is to simply skim the surface and vacuum up the surface debris, but there are other … Read more

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How to Lower Ammonia In Fish Ponds (and Keep It Low)

Keeping ammonia in fish ponds and aquariums at an acceptable level is a crucial part of maintaining a healthy environment for your fish. High levels of ammonia can have a detrimental effect on the health of your fish, causing stress and even killing them. Fortunately, you can learn how to lower ammonia in fish ponds … Read more

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How to Clean Pond Filter Media

Keeping your pond filter clean is necessary to maintain the health of your fish and prevent your water from becoming a nuisance. Debris and wastes build up in pond filters over time and this is harmful to the beneficial bacteria that live in the bio-media. This can lead to a sludge build-up and can even … Read more