PREDATOR--PROOF YOUR POND!

Predators can wreck havoc in your pond and decimate your fish population. Fortunately, there are simple and affordable precautions you can take to avoid hosting an all you can eat buffet.

KNOW YOUR PREDATOR:
Identifying which predator is stalking your pond will better equip you with which method of protection you need to implement.

  • AIR CRITTERS: BIRDS
    Herons, Egrets, Owls and even Hawks can pluck fish from ponds in one fell swoop. Running fishing line over the pond in a criss cross fashion prevents birds from swooping in. They land like a plane, not a helicopter, so, by limiting the runway they can’t effectively swoop or land in the pond. Decoys can also deter birds by fooling them into thinking “This spot has already been taken!” Be sure to move the decoy around periodically to ensure the real birds don’t catch on. The Floating Gator scares off a number of birds and is surprisingly realistic. With Halloween just around the corner the additional “boo” factor fits right in. Pond nets always work well, and we have lots to choose from in different sizes and mesh width. If your pond doesn’t have a built in hiding place for your fish or is to shallow, check out the Koi Kastles. They come in three sizes and offer immediate shelter if your fish are smart enough to duck for cover.
  • LAND CRITTERS: RACOONS, MINK, COYOTE, ETC.
    Raccoons in particular are clever critters. If there is a way to get to a tasty meal they will find it. One night my Dad witnessed two raccoons fishing together. One of them was actually holding the other’s feet in an attempt to reach further into the pond. Clever little critters!
    To deter Raccoons and other land animals, netting the pond completely will keep them out. While not the most attractive solution they do work and you can usually remove the net once the critters have moved on. Most land predators are nocturnal and are easily scared away by motion activated lights.

One of my favorite NEW products is the Predator Deterrent Light. We have received such good feedback on it that I put one in to protect my vegetable garden. I haven’t had an incident in 8 months and it was super easy to install. What is particularly great about it is that it is solar! It works by mimicking the eyes of other animals that triggers the flight response in wild animals. When night falls, alternating flashing red lights come on automatically and stays on until daybreak. Effective against: Raccoons, opossum, Coyote, Fox, Owls, Hawks and more!
Happy Ponding to you (not critters) !
The Pondbiz Family

THE 1# CAUSE OF ALGAE

High levels of phosphate in pond water are the #1 contributing factor to an algae outbreak. Most of us treat an algae problem with algaecides– which is basically fine. The only snag, though, is that we are just treating the symptom and not the cause. To eliminate persistent algae outbreaks it’s essential we look at phosphate control.

WHERE DO PHOSPHATES COME FROM?

  • As some of you know, phosphates are regularly added to our tap water in order to reduce pipe corrosion.
  • Non-Aquatic plant soil has higher levels of phosphate than Aquatic soil media.
  • Decaying leaves and debris that builds up on the bottom of your pond, creating a sludge, is a phosphate breeding ground.
  • Fish food contains the necessary nutrient phosphorus, which converts into phosphate once it has been excreted.
  • Run off from lawns and surrounding paving can wash in phosphates.

WHAT CAN I DO TO PREVENT HIGH LEVELS OF PHOSPHATE IN MY POND?

  1. Check your phosphate levels in your pond with a test kit such as Master Liquid Test Kit, or Refills for Master Liquid Test Kit.
  2. Check your tap water phosphate levels. If tap water is the culprit, you can top off your pond with rainwater collected from a storage tank. However, ponds should occasionally be topped off with tap water because it adds some essential hardness to the water. Be sure to use a Dechlorinator or Hose-end Filter when adding tap water.
  3. Use Aquatic Soil when adding or dividing pond plants Pondcare aquatic soil, microbelift aquatic soil. Aquatic plants in general are your best friend because they not only add much needed shade to pond water, but also slurp up the phosphates before the algae can. Be sure to remove spent leaves, as decaying matter leads to a spike in phosphates. To get rid of excess gunk, use a net or a vacuum. For in between cleanings use a sludge reducer such as Microbelift Sludge-away, Clarity Max, Pondzyme
  4. Feed your fish less rather than more. Use a high protein ‘growth’ formula during the Summer months, and look for a food that has a low phosphorous content such as Hikari Gold, Microbelift growth and energy, or Tetra growth
  5. Design, or re-design the edges around your pond to help prevent run off. Divert water from hillsides if it ends up in your pond.
  6. One of the most important things you can do is clean your filter or skimmer regularly. Backflush pressurized filters at least once a week, and clean out skimmer baskets. Doing this removes the phosphates that are bound to fine particles in the water. Use your beneficial bacteria consistently as this helps break down decaying matter.
  7. For instant, and continuous phosphate reduction use Microbelift phosphate remover or Laguna Phos-X granules.

4/23/2016 Review

I just wanted to tell you what a pleasure it was to order
from your store. So many times when people do business online they
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4/28/2016 Review

Thank you for the information, as we will return it tomorrow. You are a top notch business and we will continue to give you are business Again Thank You

5/03/2016 Review

Thanks for the speedy reply! I guess I assumed you were directly associated with Pond Master and had packed the kits and I couldn’t find a working website for them. I can’t seem to find my receipt but the box says my name so that is probably the organization I purchased through (likely found them on Amazon). I just sent them a message. I will purchase through you next time because I appreciate your speed and customer service!

5/05/2016 Review

Jeri: Last season my wife and I drove out to visit Pond Biz and we bought the two hardy lilies you had in stock that day. My goal was to have half the water surface of my pond covered with large lilies to cut down on evaporation for water conservation purposes. This is a photo of those lilies take a few days ago. Needless to say we are pleased. Thanks.

5/09/2016 Review

To Whom It May Concern,
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5/15/2016 Review

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5/23/2016 Review

Wow! What service. Thank you so much for the recent help
and order that I so quickly received today. Special thanks to the
sales associate who was so knowledgeable. She took the time to
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and my koi fish thank you. My pond is back in working order.

5/27/2016 Review

Jeri,

Thank you so much for your response and voicemail. Really appreciate it. I received the planting seeds yesterday and am very pleased with them.

Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend.
Best Regards,
Gary