The first thing to do is learn about your pond:
- The size and volume of your pond. Measure the length, width, and depth. To roughly calculate the total gallons, multiply Length x Width x 80% x Avg. Depth x 7.48 = total gallons *due to it's curved border, the basin takes up approximately 80% of the rectangular SQ. FT.
- Are there fish? How many? If you have fish, count them and note their size to know the type of food they my need. If it is winter, do not feed your fish. Their cold-blooded metabolism does not process food during the cold season.
- How the pond is built. Is this a rubber liner pond, concrete, preformed?
- Pumps and filtration. Does your pond have a skimmer? Is the pump working efficiently? If it is a large pond, is there adequate aeration? This is the circulatory system of your pond, and is the difference between having a vibrant healthy pond, and a sludge puddle.
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- Run the pump continually unless the water temperature is below 50°F. Fish get most of their oxygen from plants and aeration, and the hotter the water the greater the need for oxygen.
- Keep your pond filled with water. If you find yourself needing to add an inch or more per day in 70 degree weather, you may have a leak, and it might be wise to call a pond professional.
- After learning the basic details of your pond, get to know your local pond supply experts. They will be able to advise you on how much to feed your fish, how to maintain water quality, and answer any other pond-related questions you may have.
- Take pictures of your pond to show to the experts. They can help you identify issues of concern, as well as the types of plants that are growing and which of those are desirable and which are weeds to be removed.