Things to know when you move into a property with a fish pond.

Have you just moved house and seem to have inherited a fish pond?

When people choose to move house they often find themselves saddled with the responsibility of a fish pond and sometimes no instructions on how to care for or maintain it.

Ten tips on how to look after your new inherited fish pond.

Tip 1, Do not feed fish if it is winter time, Fish metabolisms slow down when the water temp goes below 10 Celsius. If you have koi and are concerned then maybe try wheatgerm feed only.

Tip two, Count and identify as many fish as possible, this will be easier than you might think but don’t worry if you don’t count them all.

Tip three, Estimate the size of the fish pond, length x width x depth all in feet x 6.25=Pond volume in gallons. This will not give you the exact amount of gallons in your pond but it will give you a good idea.

Tip four, Find out what the pond is lined out with, Rubber liner, concrete or GRP this will help you fix a leak should your pond spring one.

Tip five, A fish pond of average size (1.5m x 2.5meters) should not need more than a couple of table spoons of fish food as a general rule to start from. If you find food still on the surface an hour after feeding net it out of the pond and reduce feeding dose by half the next day.

Tip six, If the fish pond has a pump or filter try to run it as much as possible unless the pond temp is below ten Celsius, Fish get their oxygen from plants and pumps generally speaking and the hotter the temp the higher the need for oxygen.

Tip seven, Remove leaves and debris when possible, this might involve buying a pond net but is well worth the effort as rotting debris can clog up pond pumps and filters. It can also cause bad water clarity.

Tip eight, Keep the pond topped up with water, If you find yourself topping up more than one inch per day at a temp of twenty Celsius you may have a leak.

Tip nine, Find your local pond and aquarium shop/retailer, with your pond size in gallons and fish count your local pond shop should be able to advise and supply you with any equipment or fish foods you might need.

Tip ten, Always take advice with a pinch of salt from people who have a pond themselves. I say this as I have found that no two ponds are the same and what may work for one pond owner may actually harm another.

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By Neil Murkitt