Summer is the season for beautiful ponds to flourish. But a pond doesn’t thrive on its own. A pond that stays healthy throughout the summer months needs proper maintenance. So, here you go, the follow-up to our winter-care pond tips blog post: six pond care tips to help you keep your pond healthy throughout summer.
1. Aerate your pond
Aeration is important to maintaining oxygen levels in your pond. If you have a waterfall in your pond, aeration might not be a problem. But, if not, a good-quality pond pump or aeration system is a must-have.
Aeration is particularly important during the hotter months of the year. Warm water holds less oxygen than cold water, so fish need more oxygen in warm water. If your fish are gasping near the surface of the water during summer, they likely need more oxygen.
2. Use a bacterial treatment
Virtually all ponds will benefit from a bacterial treatment. During the summer, apply a treatment to prevent cloudy water and assist the breakdown of plant and fish waste. Bacteria treatments like Evolution Aqua’s Pure Pond Biodegradable Bacteria Balls optimise the capability of your pond filter, allowing you to keep your pond healthier for longer.
3. Clean your pond filter
Your filter is the workhouse of your pond, so keeping on top of cleaning is an essential pond care tip. Here’s a link to our blog post on how to clean your pond filter.
It’s also important to make sure your filter is adequate for your pond. This blog post should help you decide whether you have the right filter for your pond: ultraviolet, all in one, pressurised, box, low stock, or high stock.
4. Top up your pond water
Pond water can evaporate during warm weather. A loss of water makes for a smaller ecosystem, and fish may become stressed or even die if they end up overcrowded. Top up your pond with dechlorinated water to maintain a higher volume of water. You can dechlorinate tap water with a pond tap water treatment, like The Pond Doctor Dechlorinator or Tetra Pond Aquasafe Dechlorinator.
5. Add aquatic plants
Aquatic plants are an important part of a healthy pond. Plants provide shade, shelter, and oxygen for pond fish and other inhabitants. You can choose from a huge variety of plants to pretty up your pond, from submerged plants like water lilies to marginal plants like irises.
As a bonus pond care tip, make sure you remove dead foliage so this doesn’t break down and consume oxygen or turn your pond water green.
6. Remove algae
Speaking of green water, you can apply an algae treatment to get rid of blanket weed and other types of algae, which spread quickly and can choke your pond. Here’s a link to our blog post on how to get rid of green algae and blanketweed.
To finish, make sure you stay on top of cleaning your pond throughout summer. Your pond and its inhabitants will thank you.
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