If you are looking at establishing a new pond, upgrading current equipment or need help correcting issues with existing equipment we can help.
We have extensive knowledge to know which products work well. We have refined the methods we use when setting up and installing new filters and pumps. There are key factors that minimize maintenance and optimize how a pond will run.
When deciding on the equipment we look at different aspects of the ponds. Some of the key elements are the amount and what type of fish are being kept. The amount of direct sunlight the pond will get. How much solid waste such as leaf matter the pond will be exposed.
We use quality products with a good track record and that have proven to be reliable.
Optimizing pond maintenance
There are 3 main types of filtration used. Internal filters, pressure filters and gravity fed filters. The amount of fish, size and type fish effects which is best suited. The amount of surrounding space around the pond and places to hide equipment can also be a factor.
Generally, if Koi are being kept or the pond is going to be relatively heavily stocked than a higher filter volume is recommended. It is generally better to use a pressure or gravity fed filter in this instance. When establishing a pond, be mindful goldfish tend to produce less waste than koi and therefore don’t need as much filtration.
Internal filters can be a good choice when there is not a heavy biological load on the pond. Or if space is an issue and or if budget is a consideration.
Even if a large biological filter is used it needs to be coupled with good flow in the pond. Good circulation is essential, or the waste will not actually get to the filter. This is often overlooked when filters are installed.
UV sterilizers are essentially used to reduce algae growth in the pond.
They are essential if you have a high amount of direct sunlight and want a relatively clear pond.
They are often incorporated into internal filters or gravity/pressure filters. Essentially, they kill free-floating microorganisms.
They are mainly used for the algae reduction properties but are also useful in reducing the overall pathogenic organisms in the pond. So are also useful at reducing the likelihood of fish falling victim to disease.
They can be added as a standalone unit if not already incorporated into existing equipment. The effect of these is mostly exerted on the free-floating algae in the systems. Algae that grow on the surface area of the pond is less affected due to the lack of contact. This algae growth requires a different method of reduction which is another topic.