Assessing What Your Pond Supply Needs Are
Before you go shopping for fish pond supplies you need to assess your needs in exactly the same way as you do when you shop for groceries, for clothes or even for gifts. Ideally you’ll be able to find one supplier who can provide you with everything you want at a reasonable price.
If you are building or installing a pond you are going to need all the necessary materials to do so. Generally pond supply outlets sell preformed ponds and flexible liners. They often sell kits as well, which are ideal for DIY enthusiasts. If you want to build a pond from bricks or blocks, stone or from concrete, then you will probably need to get the construction materials required from a builders’ yard or similar outlet. But all the other accessories and pond equipment will be available from a good specialist supplier. These include pipes, valves, pumps, filters, skimmers, fountain fixtures, even plants, fish and fish food, and nets for covering ponds, to prevent birds and other predators making a meal of your fish.
Assuming you already have a completed pond, what else could you possibly need?
The answer to this question depends on both the type of pond you have and whether or not you have stocked it with fish. Ponds don’t generally need a lot of maintenance work, but if a pond starts to leak, you will need to take action immediately. It is also a good idea to be sure you either have, or can get, whatever materials might be required to fix a leaking pond quickly. This will, of course, depend on the materials used to build the pond in the first place. Manufacturers of preformed ponds and liners often produce repair kits.
Generally a pond stocked with fish is more likely to have balanced water than a pond without fish. This is because the fish play a very important role in terms of the balance of nature, eating insects and other tiny creatures. This is important to realize, particularly if you have stocked your pond with goldfish or related species. They eat hardly anything and are natural scavengers. So never over feed them with pre-packaged food.
If you have a koi pond, you’ll need to be more careful about food, feeding the correct amount to ensure that the fish stay healthy and grow as they should. Your equipment will also be more expensive and will include a pump and filter, to keep the water clean and healthy and to ensure that you can see these beautiful fish.
If you don’t have a pump and filter, and you don’t have fish in the water, there’s a good chance that the water in your pond will become green and murky as algae starts to form. If you leave decomposing plants and leaves in the water, they will rot and if fish are in the pond, they may be adversely affected. Plants in the pond, including lilies and various other floating and marginal plants, can help to balance the water. There are also various products that you can use to clear the water, that won’t harm fish.