If you’re itching for a water feature in your home and a fountain isn’t doing it for you, then a pond might be a better alternative. Nowadays, you don’t have to keep your ponds outside. Depending on your home’s size and interior design, you can have a pond inside your own home. Your job as an owner doesn’t end with installing the pond. Many people fail to realize that a key step in keeping their pond looking good and functioning optimally is to regularly maintain it. Aside from that, a different kind of maintenance is needed for fish ponds.
Fish Ponds – are they that different?
When it comes to maintenance, yes they are. For instance, you have to make sure your pond is filtered adequately since fishes and other wildlife produce biological waste. This also enables the fishes to get the oxygen they need. You also have to make sure that your fishes have enough room to move around. Keeping a lot of fishes in a small space can prove to be fatal to them. Last but not the least, make sure to feed your fishes! Keep in mind to keep it proportional – too much feeds turns into waste while too little will starve your fishes.
As for you good old ‘fishless’ ponds…
One thing’s for sure – you don’t have to bother about taking care of fishes and making sure they’re still alive. But, that doesn’t mean you’re exempted from cleaning your pond. Keep in mind that all ponds need some form of maintenance. Depending on the model, it might take a few minutes up to an hour. If your pond comes with a low maintenance filtration system, it may take around 15 to 20 minutes only. An organized and more efficient way of keeping track of your pond is to do things periodically. Make a list of what should be done and when they should be done. There are some things that you need to do weekly, while others are only done on an annual basis.
Check up on your pond every now and then. Make sure to check the water level as well – in case it dropped, replace it with fresh water. If the water level remains constant for a couple of weeks, remove some and then replace with fresh water. Make sure to remove debris as well as decaying plants as they may clog the filter.
Make sure to clean all the pump filters. Remove any debris caught in the filters.
At least once a year, clean your pond thoroughly. This involves removing pumps, fountains, underwater lighting and fishes (if present). Scrub the bottom of your pond and remove any debris. Replace using dechlorinated water and then put back your plants and fish.