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As a pond owner, you know it’s important to have a well balanced pond. Keeping your water quality at its best is a huge part of that. Knowing when and what to test for is the difficult part. Each pond is different so it’s important to follow the directions of testing kits. However, sometimes it can be difficult to know what does need testing and what things can slip by.

Hardness and Alkalinity of the pond should be tested two or three times a year. As stated earlier, there are kits that go into detail exactly how to test the water.

Oxygen is a must in your pond every day of the year. There can never be too much oxygen, but too little and you’ll have dead fish and plants on your hands. Use your discretion on when to test the water but keep in mind that oxygen depletion is more apparent in summer months.

Testing for Carbon Dioxide isn’t necessary unless there is a problem. Having good aeration at all times will rid of excess CO2.

Although there are no testing kits for overcrowding, it’s important to keep an eye out for this. Too many fish equals less oxygen which can be fatal. Overcrowding will also lead to the increase of ammonia and nitrite.

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