This gardening tip is courtesy of Harper's Statuary and Water Gardens.
The beginning of spring can be a rather stressful time of year for your pond fish. Coming out of hibernation, they tend to be much more susceptible to disease problems.
Spring is a tough transitional period for fish for several reasons.
What can we do to help our fish get through this hard transition?
Changes in water temperature are hard to control so the best approach is to relieve your fish of the other stresses, so they can maintain good health in their transition.
A proper, high quality diet throughout the active season will help fish stay healthy during the winter months, and have less stress to deal with when spring comes around. The best investment you can put into your pond is a feeding thermometer that tells you when and what type of food to feed your fish. There are three important water temperatures to keep in mind.
Along with a proper diet, it's a good idea to start the active season with an immune booster, as this can help increase the overall health of your fish.
It is very important to monitor the pond water, as healthy water provides a healthy ecosystem for fish. Carefully monitor the water quality regularly, especially early in the season when your biofilters are restarted. Keep a watchful eye on the ammonia, nitrate, alkalinity, and pH levels in your water. You can help out the ecosystem by introducing a nitrifying bacteria boosting product to the biofilter. This will help maintain the ammonia and nitrite levels. If these levels are too high for the product to work properly, a partial water change is recommended to lower the amounts in the pond.
Finally, there are a many disease causing organisms living in and around your pond. Preventing these micro-pests from taking over when the fish have low immune systems will help maintain their health as they get stronger in springtime. Prophylactic treatments are available to treat the water for a broad range of these harmful pathogens.
So now you have a better understanding of what your fish are going through. Remember, spring is a naturally a stressful time for them. If you can control some of the factors that cause stress, you can help the fish get back into peak health more quickly. In return, you will have fewer problems during the active season.
For more great water gardening tips and information on creating a successful water feature in your landscape, visit Harper's Statuary & Water Gardens