Grass Carp can be a viable and effective management tool for dealing with a variety of pond and aquatic weeds and vegetation. They offer a non-chemical and eco-friendly way to keep many unwanted plants at bay. Their cost is pretty affordable, particularly in relation to how long (usually years) they may provide valuable support for a pond. That said, they may not be the complete solution to every invasive plant, and using them does come with a few potential downsides. In this article, we’ll cover some tips on how to use them most effectively, while avoiding any unintended, or undesirable side effects that people might experience when adding them to a pond environment. [Read more…] about How To Use Grass Carp For Natural Weed Control In Ponds
As spring time temps keep warming up, we are moving into the seasonal period when folks need to start watching out for problematic algae blooms. More specifically, toxic algae or cyanobacteria is becoming more widespread. Every year we are hearing of more reports of pets being lost, because their owners simply didn’t understand the risks associated with letting the animal swim or drink from an affected pond. This issue affects mostly dog owners, but really no animal is completely immune from the affects of toxic algae.
In the video below Vet Dr. Alex, discusses how to keep your pet safe from toxic algae and the various toxins that are produced by the cyanobacteria.
Unfortunately you cannot simply tell by looking at an algae bloom if it is toxic or not. Most algae in ponds is not. Also an algae may produce toxins at varied times, and not others, so the only way to now if a pond is safe is to test for the toxins themselves.
One commercial and affordable test kit that indicates the presence of up to 11 hepatoxins is this one from 5Strands Labs. It may give you a reasonable idea of the condition of the pond at the time of testing. Even with this in hand, I would suggest being very cautious about letting your pet near water with visible algae growth in it.
In this video I want to cover some tips for you if you’re looking to do something in a DIY form of pond aeration. The topic of DIY is very popular these days and I’m all for it because it helps people save money particularly those on a budget that are trying to keep the cost down of investing in their pond a bit, but they want the advantages that aeration can give them. So you know, despite the fact that I have worked in commercial aeration for many years I understand the need for for that kind of flexibility, so hopefully some tips here will help you as you go through your research and as you design a system for your pond. [Read more…] about DIY Pond Aeration – How To Build The Best Pond Aerator
A common question we get in the fall or winter months, and this is particularly from new pond owners…but they wonder why their fish stopped eating as the weather cooled down.
And the answer, is very simple. Many fish simply go into a type of dormancy in cold weather…their digestion slows way down as does the transport of food through their digestive system. So you really want to stop feeding your fish once the water temps drop down to about 50 degrees…at that point feeding your fish regularly could be problematic for them.
The latest offerings of pond vacs and vacuums in 2019 encompass a pretty wide range of prices and capabilities. When evaluating the various models, one thing can be certain…they are not all created equal.
Ultimately choosing the proper vac for your needs comes down to the size of your pond, the depth you’re dealing with, and the particular substances you’re trying to remove from the pond itself.
If the work is fairly light duty, with some minor leaves, a bit of muck or debris, or uneaten fish food, then all of the vacuums listed below should handle that job alright. This is assuming the pond is fairly small…say 1000 gallons or smaller, with a moderate depth of 2 to 3 feet at the most.
As the debris load gets heavier or larger, and the pond size increases in both depth and surface area, the demands on the pond vacuum will go up. And so that all needs to be taken into consideration.[Read more…] about The Best Pond Vacs For Water Gardens And Ponds
If you have Koi or Gold fish, most likely you work pretty hard at keeping your pond in a good, healthy state. Of course some of this effort is designed to help the pond’s appearance, but the health of your fish is likely a big part of it too.
It’s easy to feel a connection to our fish, and of course, in some cases, we’ve had them for years…possibly even decades. So in this article I’m not going to suggest you’re doing anything wrong or poorly when it comes to your fish…I just wanted to remind everyone that along with a clean, healthy environment, what you feed them will matter a lot too.
Although we could talk about good fish food in depth…and the discussion could take the better part of a book…I’ll try to keep this simple and to the point…while covering the essentials of a good quality Koi food. Ideally the formula should provide support for growth, good color, and a strong immune system.