Practical tools - Pond care calendar

Spring

Caring for your pond

Caring for your pond As well as feeding your pets correctly, now is the time to lavish care and attention on your pond’s water, plants and surroundings since these are all vital for a fully functioning ecosystem. Over the winter months, a whole range of nutrients have accumulated such as phosphate and nitrate, which can cause algae to grow in springtime.

Introduction

Pond season’s here! And to make your start to the season as smooth as possible, Tetra has gathered together a host of useful tips and tricks. Plus, from the ever vital task of feeding, to water care, equipment installation and plant care, we give you the advice you need on how to use Tetra’s specially developed products. Algae? They don’t stand a chance in your pond! Sit back and take it all in. If you have any specific questions, our team at Tetra AquaPhone will be happy to give you one-on-one help from 3pm – 8pm, Monday to Friday.

Summer

Introduction

You pond is a delight to behold! As you take a minute to unwind in a secluded spot, you’ll enjoy seeing birds splash about as they bathe or be fascinated by iridescent dragonflies as they ceaselessly wheel and turn. Then you fetch a handful of Tetra Pond Sticks and, as if on command, your fish swim to greet you. In the following sections, you’ll find out about precisely what you need to feed your pondlife now and how you can keep algae at bay all summer long. If you have any specific questions, our team at Tetra AquaPhone will be happy to give you one-on-one help from 3pm – 8pm, Monday to Friday.

Feeding fish

Correct care starts with the right food! Only by obeying this mantra can you be sure that your fish are getting what they need and in a way that keeps water pollution to an absolute minimum. For healthy fish, it’s not only important to feed them several times a day; you also need to give them types of feed that have been designed specifically to meet their particular nutritional requirements.

Autum

Caring for your pond

When autumn arrives, the first thing to do is carry out a partial water change. This helps remove excessive nutrients from the pond and prepares for the long off-season during the winter. Change approx. 30% of the water and top up with tap water. This ensures your fish benefit from good, stable water values; however, don’t forget to treat it with a water conditioner.

Introduction

As the leaves fall from the trees in autumn, life in and around your pond is entering a period of rest in which plants and animals retreat and prepare for the approaching winter. However, now is not the time to take a break from feeding your fish and looking after the water in your pond. Fish need to be conditioned for the long winter months ahead and your pond water has to be in best possible shape. You’ll find the Tetra products mentioned in the following sections ready to assist you.

Winter

Caring for your pond

Let’s start with the care of your pond plants. In autumn, pond vegetation needs to be cut back and dead matter removed; this is exactly the same as for normal garden plants.

Introduction

The period of pond hibernation over the winter is an important time. Fish become almost motionless in the cold water and need special fibre-rich food, albeit usually in small quantities. Even so, you should still check the water quality on a regular basis, for good and stable water values will help your fish perk up in spring. Here, you can read up on how to feed and care for your fish over winter.