article: Pond Water Quality
Pond Water Quality
You water garden is a home to fish, plants, and to the animals that visit your
water garden that you do not even see. Caring for your water garden is just like
caring for your own house, sometimes you need to do a little bit of work on it
to keep it up in running order. Your water garden that was well planned away
from trees, buildings and to hold the water is going to last years and years
with out heavy maintenance needed.
What type of chores are you most often going to be faced with? Cleaning debris
from the pond, dividing plants that are growing a little large, and changing
filters in the filtration system will be needed. If you are careful in planning
and taking care of your water garden, you should not have to drain or remove
water from the water garden for years.
Pollution can be a problem in the water garden. Metal put into the water will
cause metal poisoning to your fish. Glue, paint, stains, and piping can cause
problems with your fish health. It is important to look for these types of
construction materials that state they are safe for use in the water garden for
the best results. Weed killers and pesticides are another problem that you could
be faced with if you use them in or around the water garden. Avoid using these
products around the water garden unless absolutely needed, as they will cause
health issues for your fish.
Naturally, you will find your water will be green or slimy looking every spring.
This is because the water was frozen, the fish were hibernating, and the plants
were dead. As the spring season continues, you will find your water will clear
up. You should not try to balance your water or add anything to your water for
the first four to six weeks in the spring as the plants and fish ‘come back to
Testing your water in the spring, in the summer and then again in the fall will
ensure that both your fish and your plants are living under the best conditions
possible. PH tests are inexpensive and easy to do. You just take a sample of the
water by leaning over the pond. You should be looking for the Nitrate level and
the pH levels. Most all-testing packets will tell you exactly how to read the
If you have not been testing the water for levels of pH, you can still see signs
of high or low levels of pH in the water. Your fish will be sick more often. The
fins on the fish are known to turn reddish colors when the water is high with
levels of pH. Even your plants will show signs of pH problems. Plants will be
very slow growing and possibly die off when the levels of pH are too high.
For ponds that are too acid, the build up of fish waste is becoming too high,
your peat or plants are decomposing in the water. Partially changing the water
will help. Adding new rocks that are high in calcium and magnesium will help
fight high levels of acid and just adding more plants to the water garden can
balance out the chemical activities somewhat.