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How to Make Pond Water for Fish

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 in Water Gardens

Water gardens have become very popular in the past few years, and more and more people take on the endeavor of building their own ponds in their yards or gardens. While the process of digging and setting up a pond is more complicated, because you have to dig the ground, isolate it and rig it to a water source, preparing the pond water is simpler, and you can do it without the help of professionals. Simply adding water to your pond is not enough to provide sustenance and a good environment for the fish, and you basically have to give “life” to the water.

That is, you have to add all the microorganisms and plant matter to the pond water in order to make it suitable for your fish. First of all, just like with aquariums, the water in your pond has to be filtrated regularly and oxygenated, because fish breathe too in their own way. The filtration system should be thought out and planned before you start digging for the pond, so if you’re not good with installations like this you should call a professional. Depending on the size of you pond, they will recommend various filtration systems. You should also locate where the pipes in your yard are, so you can get the water connection and know how to avoid gas pipes.

Some of the filtration systems available for pond water are fountains, aerators or waterfalls; the first and last examples also have an aesthetic purpose, so you can add them to beautify the water garden. The number of fish you intend to keep should also influence your decision when it comes to choosing a size for the pond and the type of filtration. It can be very helpful to read some water filter systems reviews in order to acquire a better understanding of the kinds of filtration that exist and those that you need. That way, you’ll be able to choose a product for its qualities and performance and be certain of its uses for you. Koi fish for example are a bit pretentious, so there should be like one fish per square foot, otherwise they will be too crowded and the water won’t be well oxygenated for them. If you’ve never kept fish outdoors, start small, with a few cheaper specimens.

Finally, pond water is also about microorganisms, like we mentioned in the beginning. A simple method to bring your water to life is to find in your area a large, natural pond. The older and livelier it is, the better will it be for your purposes. Take a few liters of that water home in some bottles, and pour it over the tap water you’ve filled your pond with. In a few days, the microorganisms living there will multiply and give true character to your pond, making it habitable for both fish and other water creatures.