As we approach the dog days of summer, there are five things that you need to remember about Philadelphia Pond Maintenance to keep a balanced ecosystem pond along with happy fish! Take a moment to refresh your memory with these important tips:
Pond Aeration add oxygen to your pond
Place an aerator or in your pond. or you can also install a fountain with a pump if your pond doesn’t have a waterfall or stream built in. The more water is moving around, the less algae will occur. Oxygen is very important in the summer months.
Pond Fish feeding and care
If you feed your fish, feed them in the morning and be careful not to overfeed. Uneaten food decays faster in warmer water and can pollute the pond. Also, feed your fish only as much as they eat in three minutes. That’s as much as they need.
Decaying pond plant leaves
Be sure to remove dying leaves and flowers before they have a chance to decay in the warmer water. This will help prevent pump clogging and additional algae growth.
Aquatic plants such as waterlilies help provide fish with shade from the heat of summer sun, cooling the water and making algae control easier too.
Pond Maintenance: Is there really a leak?
Often, people do not realize how much water can evaporate from a pond during the dog days of summer.
The Eastern states typically lose 1 to 1.5″ of water each week.
Remember, these are averages. Some ponds may not experience evaporation levels this high. Other ponds with large pumps pushing high volumes of water, or ponds designed with multiple waterfalls and a lot of cascades and splashing may have evaporation rates much greater than these.
AquaReale offers summer pond maintenance and services. Contact us for more information about how we can help you with your summer pond maintenance.