Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: What should I feed my fish and how often should I feed them?
A: Pond fish need the proper combination of protein, fats, fiber, minerals and vitamins. Too much or too little of any particular nutrient can have an adverse effect on both the health of the fish and the quality of the water. Fish should be fed one to two times daily. Only feed as much as they will consume within five minutes.
Q: How many fish can I add to my new pond?
A: Make sure you don't overload your pond's ecosystem with too many fish. For a new pond, a good rule of thumb is one inch of fish per square foot of surface area. A mature pond can support two to three inches of fish per square foot. Once your pond is built, add the fish a few at a time over the course of 30 days to ensure that the pond and filter are biologically ready to support aquatic life. Simple precautions, such as testing water quality, neutralizing chlorine when adding water and protecting against common diseases, can assure your pond fish remain in optimum health.
Q: Can I turn off my pump at night?
A: No! Not if you have fish. Nighttime is the absolute worst time to
turn off the pump. During the day plants take CO2 from the water and
give off oxygen. At night, however, plants turn into Mr. Hyde by
stealing oxygen out of the water and giving off CO2. Aeration is vital
to your fish and lack of aeration will kill.