Summer Pond Care

“This time of year is you should still feed your pond fish, but remember to be careful not to over-feed them”Petworld

With the higher temperatures and bright sunshine, mid-summer can be a challenging period for your garden pond. This time of year an algae bloom can occur; this is where your pond water can change from a refreshing blue colour to a stagnant green within days.

1. Refresh your Pond Water
This time of year you may need to top up your pond with fresh water. There is a possibility that you are also adding heavy metals and chlorine from the tap water to your pond’s existing water.
This can affect the natural balance of your pond. Add a treatment of Blagdon Fresh Start when topping up your pond or when adding new fish to your garden pond. It is simple to use; simply mix the Blagdon Fresh Start treatment with water and add this mixture to your existing pond water. This protects your pond fish and helps to re-balance your pond water.

2. Prevent and Remove of Green Algae
The higher temperatures and brighter sunlight in summer makes algae a very common problem in all ponds. These conditions also favour the spread of blanket weed.
To help keep your pond water clean and clear, apply a dressing of Blagdon Extract of Barley Straw for Ponds. This is easy to use: simply mix in water and apply to your garden pond.
Where blanket weed has become established, you should rake out as much of the blanket weeds as possible before applying the treatment.

3. Care for Pond Fish
Now that the water temperature is rising and there are more insects visiting the pond your fish are more active. Also many pond fish will be spawning and rearing young. This time of year is you should still feed your pond fish, but remember to be careful not to over-feed them.

Overfeeding increases the nutrient level within the pond and can cause an algae bloom. In summer you should feed your pond fish, they should be fed a little but often. Remember you should only feed as much as your fish can finish within a couple of minutes. A few minutes after feeding, if there is food left over, then you should decrease the amount of food. Tetra Pond Variety Sticks is a great food option for your pond fish as it offers a good variety of food types suitable for different varieties of pond fish.

If you have any other questions, contact your local Petworld store and our helpful staff will answer any questions you may have!