To promote the well-being of your pond fish, it is a good idea to follow a couple of steps to prepare the pond for the spring and condition the water. If you are adding more water or filling up the pond for the first time, you will want to use a product like Stress Coat, Complete Water Conditioner, or Vanish Dechlorinator to eliminate any chlorine or chloramines in the water. These products will also help protect the fish from any excess ammonia wastes released by the fish that have not been digested by the bio filter. This is also a good time to add some pond salt to provide the correct electrolyte balance in the water.
As the pond comes out of the winter season, or is set up for the first time, it is important to establish a good bio filter to eliminate the fish waste. You can use products like Microbe-Lift Spring/Summer, PondZyme Plus, or EcoFix to help establish colonies of these beneficial bacteria. These products can also help break down any sludge buildup on the bottom of the pond and precipitate small floating particles to clear the water.
You may want to get a jump start on algae control by placing AlgaeFix in the water, or adding some of the barley straw bales or pads to the water to prevent stingy hair algae from developing. You will also want to check your UV clarifier to make sure the bulb is in working order, or replace it if needed to prevent floating algae. Conversely, this is also a good time to add products to stimulate the growth of your bog plants and lilies. You can use a liquid fertilizer/trace element treatment like Plant Food Stimulant, and for potted plants, specialized planting media or fertilizer pond spikes. For new plants we offer the planting bags and aqua planters in several sizes to accommodate any type of plants.
Spring can be stressful to your pond fish and it is a good idea to be prepared for any problems. The Pond AmQuel can help protect from ammonia, but in case of disease or parasite problems, you will want to have the proper medications on hand to begin treatment as soon as any symptoms are noticed. Pond Mela Fix or Pond Pima Fix are good, general antibacterial pond treatments that will not bother the biofilter and are a natural product that will break down over time in the pond. They work great against open, red sores (septicemia) or against fin and tail rot. Temperature fluctuations can lead to parasite problems, and Pond Rid Ich+ is a good choice for most external parasites.
Planning and preparation at the beginning of the pond season can make your pond experience more rewarding and help maintain the health and growth of your pond fish and plants. Now it is time to plan a bigger pond!