Submersible Fish

By · Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Submersible Fish

As water temperature begins to warm and the fish begin to swim, ita time to make your spring maintenance for your pond or water garden.

Spring maintenance includes cleaning the pond, checking water quality, adding beneficial bacteria and the addition of water conditioners necessary if necessary.

Instructions for the ponds that have been treated during the fall and winter

Holding clean your pond during the fall and winter, spring maintenance is very simple.

Clean water from the pond surface and bottom of any residue, such as leaves, branches, dead plants, etc. This may be achieved by a fishing net with a handle or pond vacuum.

Also, clean the filter, waterfall and streams.

Check water quality for pH, buffer, nitrates and nitrites. If you fish in the pond and the pH is too high or too low, adjust gradually over a few days. Drastic changes in pH can kill fish, especially Koi.

Then add beneficial bacteria to help a good implementation of beneficial bacteria in the pond.

If you have a UV clarifier, UV lamp replacement at least once a year.

Connect your pumps, UV clarifiers, pumps start and check for leaks.

Instructions for the ponds that have not been addressed during autumn and winter

If the pond has an enormous amount of leaves or dirt on it because it covered with a network in the fall, you may need drainage in order to clean properly. Only do this as a last resort. Change the water is very stressful for the fish and remove all bacteria benefits.

If you need to drain a pond that has fish, get a large bowl to use as a temporary pond to fish. Keep the container in the shade to the water warms. Fill the container with water from his pond. Catch the fish with a fish net and put in the container. Place a net over the container to prevent fish jumping out.

Drain the pond with a sump pump connected to a backwash hose. Cleaning the pond by removing all leaves and debris from the bottom of the pond. Hose rocks, walls and the pond bottom to loosen any dirt. Continue to use the sump pump until the water is clean. Also clean the filter, waterfalls and streams.

Begin filling the pond with fresh water. While filling the pond, drain about 10% of water in the tank where the fish are kept. Then add fresh water to the container. Continue doing this while the pond is full. This is what the water temperature gradually adjusted to the temperature new water is added to the lagoon. Drastic changes in water temperatures can kill fish.

While filling water in the pond, you will to add a chlorine neutralizer and metals in the water. The chlorine in tap water and metals such as copper and lead from the pipes can kill fish.

For the relocation fish and changing the water you are putting the fish under stress. Because of this, you should add a water conditioner to increase the layer of slime on the fish. This definitely be done if you have Koi.

Check the pH level of pond water. Make sure it is as close as possible to the existing water Set fish in the pH level if necessary with a pH or pH less water conditioner.

Then add beneficial bacteria to help it implement beneficial bacteria in the pond. It will take about 6 to 8 weeks for the colonization of bacteria.

If you have a UV clarifier, change UV lamp at least once a year.

If Dona't have a UV clarifier, you may want to add a water conditioner to control algae flowers until the bacteria colonize.

Once the water temperature and pH is similar between the tank and the bowl, you can add the fish in the pond.

Connect your pumps, UV clarifiers, pumps start and check for leaks.

The easiest way to keep pond water clear, free of algae and keep your fish healthy is to keep the pool clean all year long. If Dona't keep it clean throughout the year, following the above procedure will contribute to proliferation algae in the spring and keep your fish healthy.

Mark Tanzi is the owner of Ponds of Paradise which installs ponds, provides pond maintenance and sells pond supplies. Many other helpful tips on building ponds and maintaining ponds can be found on

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