Have you ever wondered how many fish can you add to a pond. Do i have too many fish? Can i add more? Luckily for you we have all the answers provided thanks to our good friends at Aquascape!
HOW MANY FISH CAN YOU ADD TO A POND?
Pond owners love fish but can collect them to the point of overcrowding their pond. While fish certainly bring joy to any pond, they can also bring headaches to water quality if you go overboard when stocking fish. Too many fish creates an imbalance in the pond’s ecosystem so you’ll want to make sure you are smart about the number and size of fish in their water garden.
Obviously, the pond needs to be large enough to support fish and their growth. Pond fish generally need 10 gallons of water for every inch of their length, and be ready for them to grow larger, so they should be careful not to overstock no matter how tempting this may be! Some pond experts go so far as to recommend only one-half inch of fish per 10 gallons of water as a maximum stocking density.
On occasion, you may encounter ponds crowded with 2 or even 3 inches of fish per 10 gallons of water and the fish seem to be fine. However, the density and ecological strain of this loading turn these ponds into fragile systems. The pH tends to sag, the fish tend to grow more slowly, and disease can become a common occurrence.
It’s very difficult to salvage sick fish in a pond that’s overcrowded. Most likely, Mother Nature will eliminate some of your customer’s fish to achieve the ideal stocking density based on the system the fish are in, and then the remainder may recover. So advise your customer to reduce the number of fish if their pond is overstocked.
Author: Bobby Kenyon
Bobby Kenyon is the Creative Solutions Guru for C.E. Pontz Sons who has over a decade plus experience in the Landscape & Water Garden industry . He enjoys long walks on the beach and grocery shopping but has a strong dislike for regular cake and non brand name paper towels