Ponds have long been admired for many centuries in Asia and Japan. The advantage to having goldfish in outdoor ponds is their ability to withstand cold water. There are a few things you should be aware of about adding and maintaining goldfish in your pond, which are described in this article.
Goldfish can even live in above ground swimming pools. Many people have tried keeping their goldfish in their swimming pools at one time or another. Because of the danger with domestic animals such as cats,it is a better idea to put goldfish in a pond instead of the pool. This will reduce the likelihood of cats hunting the goldfish for food. Goldfish can hide and protect themselves in a pond compared to being in a swimming pool. The plants, rocks, and coves work well for hiding places.
Adding live plants to the pond is beneficial since plants help to maintain the quality of the water. Plants use the organic material from the goldfish for food. The plants make use of the organic waste instead of it remaining in the water. Plants also help to reduce algae growth since both thrive off the same nutrition. If algae growth begins to be an issue and is out of control, you might be feeding the fish too much food. The goldfish will produce excess waste when there fed too much food.
The water needs to be treated with conditioners immediately after the pond has been filled. The water temperature should be at least 60 degrees fahrenheit before adding any fish to the pond. A mistake often made by first time fish pond owners is adding too many fish too early. This can cause problems since the bacteria colonies are too small to process a rapid increase in organic waste material. After the temperature of the water has stabilized, one or two goldfish can be added to the pond. Allow the bacteria colony to grow larger before adding the next couple of fish.
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