Pond Myths

Pond Myths

Pond Myth#1: Predators will eat all of your fish!

There is a constant fear in the water gardening community that predators will  help themselves to your prize koi, shubunkin, or goldfish. While it is healthy to respect the vulnerability of your fish to Heron and other critters, forewarned is forearmed!  Install proper fish caves, overhangs, and water plants to ensure your fish can get out of sight.

Pond Myth#2: UV lights are the best way to keep your water clear.

UV clarifiers are one of the ways to keep your pond water clear, but certainly not the only way, and arguably not the natural way. Install bog filters to help balance your pond ecosystem.

Pond Myth#3: The presence of rocks and gravel make it difficult to clean your pond.

You are susceptible to buying into this myth, if and only if, you’ve never experienced rocks and gravel in your pond. Rocks provide a natural surface for beneficial bacteria-an essential ingredient to a healthy pond.

Pond Myth#4: Koi can’t be kept in a pond that also contains plants.

In a naturally balanced ecosystem, koi and plants complement and need one another. Plants help to keep the water quality balanced as well as provide hiding places for fish to escape from sight.

Pond Myth#5: Your pond must be at least three-feet deep in order to keep koi.

There are many two-foot deep ponds around the country, full of happy and healthy koi.  The concern is that the pond be deep enough to allow the koi to escape predators. Install fish caves, rock overhangs, and plant material to allow your fish to get out of sight.

Pond Myth#6: Your pond water must be tested on a daily basis.

This myth comes from the aquarium industry and has a lot to do with the fact that an aquarium is a much smaller body of water. Bring Mother Nature into the picture and  how easy it is.

Pond Myth#7: You have to bring your fish inside for the winter.

Fish do fine during the coldest of winters as long as you give them two feet of water to swim in, oxygenate the water, and keep a hole in the ice with a bubbler. Make sure you follow sound instructions regarding when to stop feeding and Mother Nature can do the rest … find out how your fish survive in the winter.

Pond Myth#8: A pond in your backyard means you will have a lot of mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes will generally only lay their eggs in still, stagnant water.

Pond Myth#9: You cannot have a pond in an area where there are a lot of trees.

In nature, ponds and trees go together. Yes, you may have more leaves in your pond, but there are products such as leaf nets that can help take care of some of the maintenance.

Pond Myth#10: You can’t have koi in a pond that also has rocks and gravel.

Koi are actually just a fancy variety of carp, and all carp are bottom feeders. They love to swim and scavenge among rocks.

Pond Myth#11: Having a pond may decrease the value of your home!

Water is a natural magnet. A well constructed pond is both beautiful and tranquil- a jewel in any landscape.

Pond Myth#12: It’s okay to use pool chemicals in your pond.

Although you can swim in larger ponds, a pond is not a pool.  A healthy pond is a living ecosystem, not a sterile pool. There are a variety of pond safe additives to help with algae blooms and the like, but do not add chlorine.

Pond Myth#13: I have liability or safety concerns!

There are a variety of forms water gardening can take. If a pond does not fit your lifestyle, try a pondless waterfall and stream or a custom fountain.

Pond Myth#14: You can use a timer on your pond!

Not true! It is best to keep your pond running constantly to keep your water circulating and filtered.

Pond Myth#15: I want my pond located in the lowest part of my yard!

It may make sense to have your water garden in this area because it already collects water, however, this is probably the worst location. Find out why.

Pond Myth#16: It’s necessary to drain and clean your pond regularly.

The reality is, if you decide to work in harmony with  Nature, draining and cleaning your pond should be minimal. Find out why why less than twice a year is good.

Pond Myth#17: High tech is the solution to controlling Mother Nature.

More than anything else, being observant and learning from Nature is what it takes to be a water gardener. Be a good student and start here.

Pond Myth#18: Bottom drains work best if you have koi.

The claim by many koi keepers is that the water will lack sufficient oxygen at the lower levels and affect your koi. Get the real facts about bottom drains.

Pond Myth#19: The more filtration the better the pond.

Believe it or not, you can over-filter a pond. That’s right. Find out what to avoid.

Pond Myth#20: You can’t be a koi hobbyist and a water gardener.

Not true! You can raise koi and have a beautiful water garden.
Don’t choose, do them both – find out how.