The best part of having a pond is having fish. For many, the primary reason they want a water garden in their yard is so that they can house some new fish friends. Fish are fun to watch and many even name them! However,, fish can also be a headache in ponds because of the imbalance they create in the water. You want to make sure that you know the appropriate number of fish and the size so as to keep your water quality high.
For each inch of its length, a fish typically needs 10 gallons of water, which is difficult to maintain as they grow larger over the years. Sure, it’s tempting to throw some more fish in there for your friends, but you have to keep up with the numbers. Some pond experts say to only have ½ an inch of fish per 10 gallons of water. Who knew fish were so demanding?
For those of you who are fish fanatics (fish are the new cats in water feature world), you may end up with a pond that has 2 or 3 inches of fish per 10 gallons of water. It may seem like your fish will survive just fine, but over time, the density and ecological strain will make the fish’s growth slow down, it will mess with the pH balance, and mean that disease can become a common occurrence. You don’t want to be that guy.
If you have more questions about how to properly love your fish and love your pond, you know where to find us. Your fish deserve a healthy and happy home.