article: Over Stocking the Water Garden
Over Stocking the Water Garden
Beginner water gardeners often will overstock fish in the water garden when the
use of how much water is in the pond is not compared to how much water a fish
really needs to thrive. Water gardeners who stock their pond with fish that are
replicating and not removing any additional fish can also find their pond
overstocked in just a matter of a few years, causing fish to become sickly, die,
water that is ‘yucky’ looking, and water that is hard to clean.
What can you do if you find that your pond is overstocked with fish? Depending
on how overstocked your water garden really is there are long term and short
term tasks you can perform to control how fast the population in your pond is
If you have too many fish in your water garden, change the water to control how
much the nitrates and debris in the water is affecting the fish in the water.
Using your filtration system, with a good filter, is going to help allow the
debris in the water to clear so your fish can breathe properly.
Reduce the amount of ammonia in the water by adding plants to your water garden,
or adding more plants to absorb some amounts of the ammonia.
Feed your fish less. The less your fish eat, the less debris and waste that is
left behind while you seek out another solution to your overpopulation. The more
food the fish have, the more ammonia is released in the water with the fish
Moving fish from your pond to another pond is always an option. Seek out those
who own ponds, and who needs additional fish. Advertise that you have fish for
sale, and new pond owners will seek you out, lessening the numbers of fish in
your own water garden.
How can you tell if you have too many fish in the pond?
If your fish are near the top, seeking air, this is a sign of too many fish.
Testing the water for ammonia and for high levels of nitrates is another method
of finding out if you have too many fish. Write down what the levels are, check
again in a week, high levels mean you have too many fish.
If your filtration system is running to capacity and you still find your water
is not clear, with additional problems mounting, you may have too many fish.