Fish in the garden pond
Dating game Japanese koi at the surface of water. Rapid shots of pike in the hunt for small fish. Flocks of graceful pleasure, tirelessly examining the bottom of the reservoir. This is not a transfer “In fauna”. It is your personal pond
The fact that it is extremely difficult to see in the natural world, can become accessible and familiar, if you decide to have fish in your garden pond. But no, habitual observation of the inhabitants of the underwater Kingdom will not ever: we cannot cease to wonder the endless surprises that are fraught with life companions.
But sometimes these surprises can be very unpleasant.In every ecosystem, even very small, its laws. Forgetting about them, get ready for disappointment, sometimes very unpleasant. Running into the pond fish, you can except for the bubbles and dregs not see anything wrong and after hibernation in early spring to find that your pond has become completely uninhabitable and have to start all over again. To avoid this, seriously consider the selection of fish and decent conditions for their pond life.
Determining the size and shape of the future pond, consider not only the characteristics of its site, but its capacities: for the inhabited pond should be maintained. Take your time. The more you ponder the project, menuseparator the time and money to fix technical errors and endless alteration.
The reservoir must be extensive and diverse with bays, shallows, and deep pools. This variety will allow to settle in the pond a variety of fish and plants. Best option is a system of multiple reservoirs, connected by shallow streams or waterfalls, General water circulation (from the bottom of the reservoir in the upper pump pumps). A good solution would be and one big pond with Islands, where water circulation is provided by several pumps installed around the perimeter of the reservoir.
Note that for observation of the fish is very convenient to use a special “observation tower” (for example, the balcony of the house), as well as a variety of bridges.
A profound mistake
It is known to all: the fish looks for deeper water, man for better places. What about the fish? Always do the concepts of “deeper” and “better” the same for her? Those who believe that, Yes, are sadly mistaken.
First, at a depth of two feet, the fish becomes almost invisible for “observer from above”, so you risk to become the owner of outwardly uninhabited pond. Secondly, spring and summer deep reservoirs is poorly heated, which slows down the reproduction of microorganisms is the natural forage fish.
And in the cold season large (3 m) depth is not the only and indispensable condition for successful wintering. For it is enough of a reservoir with an area of 20-30 square meters with ice area of 6-8 square meters and a depth of 80 cm the Main thing for fish, as with us, an opportunity to breathe.