Proper Care of Your Fish: Changing the Pond Water
Water inside a fish pond is the most important factor that an owner has to look out for. Inhabitants and plants living inside the water depend on its cleanliness to survive. If you are a very busy person, and the only available day that you have is once every week, you have to improvise something that’ll keep your pond from being soiled. That is why you have to allot a portion of your free time in changing the pond water even once a week to assure that your fishes are properly cared for. Remove the water, partially You could either choose to remove your fishes from your pond and put them in a container while draining the entire water content of your pond or partially remove the water and clean the pond while your fishes are still in it. Your choice.
But, the most advisable thing to do is remove partially the water content to refrain the fishes from becoming unfamiliar to the temperature of their new environment. This may cause your fishes to get sick. By using a siphon or pump, remove only a portion of the pond water, while you’re at it, don’t forget to remove decaying vegetation, other debris and fallen leaves. You don’t want these things to stay inside your pond because they tend to decompose and foul the water which can promote diseases to the fish. Inspect the equipments Make sure that while the level of water is still low, you allow yourself to inspect each and every equipment that’s suspended under water for damage or wear.
Include pumps, lights, liners, filter, connections, tubing and cables that are involved. If there are things that need repair and replacement, don’t hesitate to finish the job. It would ruin your relaxation days if you have to fix everything instead of sipping a cup of your favorite cold drink. Try to check the following: Pumps – scrutinize for damages which can result to intake blockage, electrical shock, or oil leakage. As necessary, you should open the pump and inspect the impeller. Tubes – inspect for rupture, stiffness or a kinked status. Constrictions like these can affect the flow of water in waterfalls, fountains, or filters. Therefore, these aerators can’t work effectively as you would expect it to be. Pond liner – be on the look-out for punctures or small tears that needs patching. If evidences of larger degradation or damage are present, this indicates that upgrading or replacement should be done.
Electric cords – pay attention to surface cracks or frays. If not taken care of, this can cause hazardous shock that can affect both humans and fishes. Filter – clean this to eliminate visible debris that cause reduction of breakdown or flow of algae-promoting substances. Fishes – examine your fishes if there are any signs of swollen abdomens, blotches or wounds. These conditions should be treated immediately. If you have no idea on how to deal with these, take the injured fishes to a vet for further checkup. Refill your pond This can’t be done in one sitting. Refilling your pond may take some time or even overnight. It’s like refilling a swimming pool, or at least half of it. Proper care of your fishes’ health always depend on the water inside your pond which serves as their home.