• Common Fish Diseases

    Common Fish Diseases

    Just like humans the immune systems in fish can also weaken from stress, environmental factors and poor nutrition, making them susceptible to common fish diseases. Learn what to look for and how to care for your finned friends. Common Parasites When present in the water, parasites, like anchor worm and ich, can attach to the body of the fish and cause irritation. Fish can be seen "flashing" or rubbing against objects and can have a sunken appearance. Anchor Worm : These white string-like worms and their larvae can be introduced to your pond when adding new fish or... Read More »
  • Understanding the Nitrogen Cycle

    Understanding the Nitrogen Cycle

    A healthy, well-balanced ecosystem in a pond is the perfect environment for plants and fish to thrive. Creating and maintaining this ecosystem is easy once you have a good understanding of the basics. In this article we will discuss the nitrogen cycle and why it is important to all aquatic life in a pond. Nitrogen Cycle 101 The nitrogen cycle in a Koi pond is responsible for biological filtration to keep the water at safe levels to support aquatic life including fish and plants. Without an established ecosystem, high levels of ammonia and nitrites can put fish into danger.... Read More »
  • Preventing Sick Fish

    Preventing Sick Fish

    Having a sick fish is no fun and it can be heartbreaking if the fish is unable to recover even after treatment. Here we will discuss the best ways to prevent the fish from becoming ill in the first place. Be Proactive The first line of defense is keeping pond water clean and clear of debris, fish waste and other organic material. If you are considering adding fish to your pond, think about how many fish your pond can handle and what type of filtration system will be adequate for your pond. Determine the number of gallons and how many inches of fish your pond can hold. Write... Read More »
  • Seasonal Feeding

    Seasonal Feeding

    As the seasons change, so do your fish's feeding habits. Koi, goldfish, and other species are cold blooded and take cues from the water temperature. At pond temperatures of 50°F and above, your fish will be active and ready for their summer diet. When temperatures are lower, your finned friends will slow down to get ready to go dormant for winter. Use these fish feeding techniques to keep your fish happy and healthy. Cut Back In getting ready for wintertime, your fish will reduce their activity level and metabolism rate. They naturally start to eat less than when they were... Read More »
  • Choosing a Fish Food

    Choosing a Fish Food

    Fish are a rewarding addition to any water garden. They add color, excitement, and if you are lucky a few fry. Feeding your fish is a great way to interact with them. Koi, goldfish, comets, and most other pond fish are omnivores meaning they will eat plant and protein food sources. Because they are cold-blooded, environmental triggers can change their metabolism meaning that some foods are easier to digest than others. To help you decide which food to use and when, check out our tips below. Getting Started Begin slowly, adding only one or two pellets to the pond. The ripple action... Read More »