Spring is the time when your pond comes back to life. Every region is different, but active fish, and aquatic plants sprouting new life are both indicators that your pond is coming out of dormancy. The following Spring pond tips will help you get off to a good start and keep your fish and pond healthy for the rest of the season.
1. Try not to show your enthusiasm for the warmer weather by jumping in the pond to clean it. Remember, your fish have been sitting near the bottom throughout the Winter, and their immune system is weakened. Wait a few weeks before doing a major clean out. In the meantime, add Pond Salt at a rate of 1 pound per 100 gallons and a water conditioner like Pond Stress Coat or Aqua Extreme. The salt will suppress any pathogenic bacteria, and the conditioner will replace the natural slime coat on your fish protecting them from disease.
2. When your pond water reaches about 60 degrees, start mixing your cold weather fish food with your regular fish food in order to transition them over into a high protein diet.
4. Start using a Barley product to prevent future algae outbreaks.
5. Spring is the time to use Koizyme, which is a natural treatment to reduce pathogenic bacteria, since fish are especially susceptible to these harmful buggers this time of year.
6. Take stock of your pond plants. Ordering plants early in the season gives you more time to enjoy them. Be adventurous and try something new like a night blooming water lily. They’re pretty darn spectacular; with huge flowers that open at night and actually stay open until noon the next day.
7. To create a whole new dimension to your pond or water feature, consider adding pond lighting. Submersible pond lights evoke a magical quality that brings a pond to life after the sun goes down. If you entertain outside, or can see your pond or water feature from inside the house, lighting it up at night is a must.They are easy to install, and reasonably priced.