Choosing Fish for the Garden Pond

 


Article by: Philip Swindells

Once a new garden , Strawbale Construction Wins Hands Down pond has been planted and the waterlilies and other aquatic plants , ing Bare Root Roses have been established for four or five weeks, ornamental fish , Garden Water Feature - The Dish can be introduced. There is no minimum number of fish , How To Build A Patio Cover necessary for a pond, , 7 Natural Stone Pebble Projects For Every Home although without any fish , Planting Bare Root Roses at all it will become a nursery for mosquitoes and there will be little chance of controlling aquatic insect pests. , Backyard Ponds Even for the pond-keeper with little interest in ornamental fish, , Starting a Wildflower Garden it is prudent to introduce half a dozen merely to control insect life.

The majority of pond-keepers find fish , Patio Canopies: Protecting Your Patio From The Elements as important as plants, , Cultivating s In Your Garden...What To Watch Out For especially those who have a young family. Children love fish, , The Garden in Winter although there is a danger of over-stocking, for there never seems to be enough in any pond , Green Grass Cutting: Reel Lawnmowers for young children. There is also impatience to get the new pond , Roses and Juniper Rock Gardens stocked immediately it is filled with water. , Chives - Allium Schoenoprasum This must be resisted until the plants , Butterfly House in the Flower Garden have had an opportunity to establish. While there is no minimum requirement for fish, , Grass Varieties there is a maximum number that should not be exceeded.

The most satisfactory stocking rate is 2ins length of fish , Beneficial Mycorrhizae - Your Plant's Best Friend to every 1 square foot of surface area. This is not of the total surface area of the pond , Corylopsis (Winterhazel) - Spicata but of open water , This Is How You Grow Sprouts uncluttered by marginal plants. , Daylilies - The Perfect Perennial This rate of stocking permits growth and development of the fish , How to Plant Shrubs and makes natural , Patio Furniture Accessories breeding likely. Fish , Roses and Juniper Rock Gardens enthusiasts will often stock more heavily than this, but an absolute maximum is 6ins to every 1 square foot of surface area.

When purchasing fish , Corylopsis (Winterhazel) - Spicata a good guide as to whether they are healthy , Japanese Gardens - Basic Design Questions That Should Be Addressed is the condition of their fins. Stout upright dorsal fins and well-expanded ventral fins are an indication of good health and this can be confirmed if the eyes are clear and bright as well. An obvious consideration when selecting fish , Do It Yourself Landscaping is their liveliness. However, while a lively fish , Catch a Leprechaun in Your Garden is likely to be a healthy , Garden Gazebo - A Stunning Addition to any Landscape fish, it could equally be a very hungry fish. , The Garden in Winter It is common practice with many fish , Planting Bare Root Roses retailers to keep the fish , Starting a Wildflower Garden a little hungry. This ensures that they swim and dart about the tank in search of morsels of food , Cultivating Plants In Your Garden...What To Watch Out For and therefore appear livelier than they would ordinarily. An added bonus is the reduction in the fouling in the tank.

With small fish , 7 Natural Stone Pebble Projects For Every Home it is important to see that there are no damaged or missing , Patio Furniture Accessories scales as exposed tissue is very susceptible to fungal infection. The same applies to larger specimens, although it is not so critical, and the likelihood of finding a large fish , Patio Furniture Accessories that has no scales missing , Problems With Peonies? is fairly remote. If an otherwise healthy , Succulent Crassula Tetragona: Drought Tolerant Plants for Dry Garden Landscapes or Easy Houseplants fish has a few scales missing, , Butterfly House in the Flower Garden then dip it in a proprietary fungus cure. It is prudent in any event to treat all newly purchased fish , Gallica Roses in this way as a precaution before introducing them to the pond. , Miniature Roses
Philip Swindells - EzineArticles Expert Author
Philip Swindells has over 40 years gardening , Green Grass Cutting: Reel Lawnmowers experience. A former botanical garden , Cordless Blowers curator and an international horticultural consultant, he has worked extensively in the UK, North America, the Middle East and Australia. The Author of more than 50 gardening , Cultivating Plants In Your Garden...What To Watch Out For books, he has been awarded a Quill and Trowel Award by the Garden , This Is How You Grow Sprouts Writers' Association of America. He is also a former UK Garden , Bonsai Trees - Our Own Little Forest Writer of the Year. He is currently editor of http://www.internationalwatergardener.com.

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