Although winter may be coming to an end, freezing temperatures are still predicted and Dan Everton from our Aquatics Superstore recommends using ice prevention products to safeguard your pond.
This guide will help you to understand why oxygen is vitally important to your pond and how to add it in easily and quickly.
Oxygen is an important part of keeping pond water healthy for your fish, it occurs naturally in the water but can be quickly removed and this can be devastating to aquatic life.
One thing that most often depletes pond oxygen levels is heat, especially on a hot sunny day, if oxygen levels are low you'll notice your fish gasping at the surface.
A very simple way to add oxygen back into the pond is to add an air pump. An air pump will sit at the side of the pond and pump air through a small hose to an air stone and bubbles will enter the water. When the bubbles break the water surface oxygen will then be added.
The great thing about a pond air pump is that it will also act as an ice prevention tool in the winter, the movement will prevent the pond freezing over completely leaving a small hole at least free for gases to escape.
Make sure you buy the right one, some are designed to sit outside in all weather and others need to be indoors or in a shed for protection from the elements. Larger models will pump more air so more air stones and air lines can be added which is great for larger pond systems.
A very easy way to add some oxygen into the water is to introduce a fountain or turning your existing one on. This will mean water is breaking the surface constantly which is where oxygen will be added.
This is very inexpensive just as an air pump is but with the added bonus that it's a feature too.
Pond fountain pumps come in lots of sizes so buy one that's right for the size of your pond. You don't want something that's going to spray water out of the pond so don't buy one that's too big. On the other hand something too small might not make an impact, so make sure to look at the width and height the fountain pump can achieve.
If you don't have either of the above and don't want to purchase them or it's an emergency, then the best and most simple way to add oxygen back into the pond is by spraying water in with your hose. I'm sure if you own a pond you're bound to have access to a garden hose.
You don't need to worry about the chlorine in the water either, the more violently you spray the water into the pond the more the chlorine is dispersed from the water. A good way is to put the water on a jet spray into the pond.
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