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How to Care for a Cottage Garden Pond

Start with a good pump and filter system to keep pond water clean.

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Key tips to care for your garden pond to ensure years of enjoyment.

A pond is a lovely garden feature to have. Many people enjoy sitting in their garden, relaxing and watching fish swim throughout their garden pond. It's great for clearing your mind and just have a little 'personal down time.' How do you care for your garden pond in order to ensure years of enjoyment from it? Here are some great tips that will tell you how to do just that.


Keeping water clean and moving
One of the most important things you can do to keep your pond up and running is to purchase a pump and filter which can be purchased easily, either online or at most aquatic centres. This is also extremely important if you have fish in your pond. Without a pump and filter, which cleans and keeps the water moving, your pond water will become dirty, full of algae and bacteria and become stagnant.

A pump moves the water, constantly recycling the water that is in the pond, while the filter cleans the water and ensures that the water is clear and a happy habitat for pond fish. The most important part of the filters job is to act as a mini sewage system for the pond. In simple terms the media within the filter creates a huge surface area, which becomes home to many millions of helpful bacteria.

Without a pump and filter, some fish will die. Koi fish are a good example of fish that really need a perfect environment to thrive.


Keep the pond surface clean
Another way to care for your garden pond is to ensure that all leaves, branches or twigs are promptly removed from the surface of the water. Many times people place their ponds in backyards or gardens that have trees and shrubs. When you do this, the wind can easily blow debris onto your pond surface. Ensure that your fish are happy and cozy and that your water stays clean by removing this debris. You can utilize a net in order to do this, but most people simply scoop it out with their hands.


Changing pond water
After a long and harsh winter, it is usually recommended that garden pond owners do a partial water change. This will remove stale, sometimes dirty and murky water and replace it with cleaner, healthier water. You shouldn't remove all of the water in your pond. Most people do about 20% to 50% in order to maintain a clean and healthy pond. Simply ensure that you do not damage the fish when you do your water change. Always leave enough water for them to swim comfortably in and so they will not get lodged on rocks or other objects in the pond and be above the surface of the water.

Taking care of your pond is very important if you plan to enjoy it for a long time. Most people put a lot of time and money into getting their ponds in the first place, so utilizing these tips and ideas for caring for your pond will help you protect your investment.

About the Author: Derek Rogers is a freelance writer who represents a number of UK businesses. For garden pond care, he recommends Seapets, one of the UK's leading online shops for garden ponds.
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