Ecosystem Pond Fish

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One of the most amazing experiences with your ecosystem pond is the fish. Nothing is more enjoyable than being a spectator to this 24-hour show! Fish are amazing, colorful and playful and provide hours of education and entertainment for you, your friend and your children. No part of your water feature gets more “ooos” and “aahhhs” than your fish pals.

 

Koi … the jewels of the water garden! Have you thought about making them a part of your watery paradise. Everyone who has koi preaches of the joy they have while feeding them, watching them swim through caves and waterfalls, and even naming them. You’ll find koi of all different shapes and sizes named accordingly. There’s “Goldie” – everyone’s favorite yellow fish; and “Spot” – the fish with a precarious spot on the front of its forehead; the names can go on, and on, and on!

Low-Maintenance Pets koi-group-1
One of the other things that is so wonderful about welcoming a fishy friend into your pond is that they are pretty low maintenance. You won’t see a koi scratching at the door to go for a walk, or choosing your prized sofa for a litter box. Nope. Fish live, breath, and eat in the exact same place … your pond. They truly are one of the most low-maintenance pets you can have.

When it comes to feeding them, you may notice that there are several different recommendations out there. If your fish are part of a balanced ecosystem, as is the case with the Aquascape system, your best bet is to feed them as much as they will eat in five minutes, being careful not to leave too much food floating at the surface.

Fish can also over-winter in your pond, so you can rest assured that they won’t be in a tub in the middle of the living room as the months get colder. After all, they won’t even pay rent!

More Than Just Koi white-koi
Are there other fish, besides koi, that make great pond-living pets? There most certainly are! That same goldfish that stares at you from the glass at the fish store is a perfect fit for your pond. Goldfish are incredibly resilient and can be a great starter fish for a new pond owner. Best of all, they come in all, shapes, sizes, and colors and if you have a container water garden or preformed pond, they’re a great fit!

Another fish that is sure to find its way into your heart resembles the koi, but is much smaller. It’s called a shubunkin and it’s a kind of single-tailed, long-bodied goldfish that differs from the koi in the fact that it doesn’t have “barbells,” which are whiskers of sorts that are used to root through gravel.

It Doesn’t End There butterfly-koi
If you do your homework, you’ll find that there are plenty of fish (many native to your area) that would be perfectly content in your home. From minnows to mosquito fish, to carp and game fish – your options are endless. Fish are a major part of your pond’s ecosystem and they are important to your pond’s overall health, but they also make great pets. And best of all, regardless of what’s happened in your life, they’ll always be there to greet you at the end of a long day. Ain’t that grand!?

Backyard Ponds

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Backyard ponds create a gathering spot for family and friends. Young children, teenagers, parents, and grandparents enjoy relaxing by the pond’s edge, and water features act like a magnet pulling the family together. Enjoy family meals outside near the pond and spend the evening unwinding with your loved ones. Educate young children on the wonders of nature with an ecosystem pond. All ages love watching the fish glide underneath lily pads, and enjoy the surprise afforded by a frog poking its head above the surface of the water.

Transform Your Outdoor Space

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How entertaining and serene is a blank, underutilized plot of green grass? Why not turn the drab to fab and transform your yard into a backyard oasis with your own personal water feature? What this video for a few inspiring transformations that can bring your yard to life!

Turkey Day is Coming SOON!

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Life of Flowers

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Pondside Chat

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Join in on another pond-side chat with The Pond Guy, featuring Scott Rhodes (The Product Guy) and Dave Kelly (The Tech Guy). Learn about how Aquascape products are designed to work with mother nature and not against her.

The Beauty of Nature

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Murmuration

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This is probably one of the coolest things i’ve ever seen.

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Water Feature Options

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With These Simple Water Feature Options

Fountainscapes:
can add the sights and sounds of water to your landscape without the investment or space needed for a larger water feature. Decorative features nestled atop an underground reservoir that houses the water, re-circulating pump and plumbing. The water is pumped up through the stone feature where it falls back into the reservoir for reuse.

Pondless® Waterfalls:
are simply a re-circulating waterfall and stream without the presence of a pond. You can enjoy the sight and sound of running water without the maintenance of a pond.

Ecosystem Ponds:
are small or large ponds that include a balance of aeration, filtration, plants, fish, rock and gravel. All components must be present in order to be considered an ecosystem since all components interact to keep the pond naturally balanced, thereby minimizing maintenance.

Helping Fish Survive The Winter

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Goldfish and koi hate wintertime more than we do. Neither species of fish are indigenous to North America, so in our colder climates, they merely “survive” winter. They don’t flourish in it.

In the southern part of our country, the winters are pretty balmy and very little ice appears on the ponds. However, winter’s effects on the fish seem to be the same whether the pond is merely icy, or completely iced over. Some important wintertime facts will help you guide your fish through winter and into a safe and healthy springtime.

Wintertime “Factoids”
There are certain things you should realize about winter so you can properly interpret certain events and conditions come spring.

Important Factoid #1
During the winter, the fish’s immune system is in a predominantly non-functional condition. In other words, their immune system is in hibernation.

Important Factoid #2
Temperature swings within the pond of 20° F or more are very stressful for the fish and moving water through a thin phase aids it in the gain or loss of heat. This is a simple statement with a lot of meaning. When you pour a cup of hot soup back and forth from one cup to another, you can rapidly cool it. In the same way, a waterfall can dissipate or pick up heat from the pond’s water.

In certain climates, such as in the Sierra Nevadas and other desert areas, air temperatures can be very warm by day and ice cold at night. This matters because if your waterfall runs around the clock, you could be warming the water by day, and super cooling it by night. Again, this is a geographical phenomenon, and may not apply to you but a simple pond thermometer could tell you for sure. The stress caused by fluctuating water temperatures makes the fish more vulnerable to infection.

To avoid this problem, some people run their waterfalls during the day to pick up valuable free heat, and turn the falls off (making sure to have some other form of submerged pond circulation for aeration) at night to spare that free energy and avoid super-cooling.

Important Factoid #3
Turning off your waterfall may spare heat loss at night, but it can also deprive fish of oxygen and circulation. It is important, especially if water temperatures are climbing, to always have some circulation in the pond to maintain sufficient aeration or oxygen exchange for the fish.

Important Factoid #4
Fish cannot freeze into a block of ice and survive. This is a wintertime factoid that should be destroyed once and for all. Many people see their fish in small ponds, “frozen” under a solid layer of ice. The fish are utterly motionless due to the cold. They perceive that the fish are frozen in the ice and so they say, “My fish were frozen solid and lived!” but this is not the case.

Important Factoid #5
Another common myth in this hobby is that fish are safer from parasites and pathogens, like bacterial infections, in the dead of winter because these “bugs” slow down, or even stop, in icy water. However, the opposite is true.

Parasites do not necessarily slow down in ice-cold water. In fact, certain species of flukes are actually more active in the icy water of winter, and species of ich, trichodina, and costia are also busy at work in icy water. It’s an important fact that the fish can be more heavily infected with parasites in winter than any other time of the year.

Becoming familiar with these facts will give you the understanding to help your fish have a restful winter and a healthy and active spring next year!