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Proper Care for Your Fish Pond - Maintaining the Oxygen Level

Jul 8th 2010 at 7:51 AM

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Proper Care for Your Fish Pond - Maintaining the Oxygen Level

Stress can cause a lot of problems in people but did
you know that fishes become stressed too? You will
know more about this if you have a pond in your garden
or backyard. In fact, a lot of fish pond owners are
alarmed if their fishes die unexpectedly. One
effective way for the proper care for your fish pond
is maintaining the oxygen level in the right amount.

Fishes get stressed if there isn't enough oxygen in
the water. This is an environmental stressor that
causes frequent fish deaths in ponds. So what causes
the diminished supply of oxygen for the fishes?
Firstly, you have to give attention to the growth of
algae in the pond. Blooming algae is a major factor in
oxygen loss. During daytime, these algae produce
oxygen but at night time, it will consume oxygen. If
there is a large number of blooming algae in the pond,
all the oxygen content of the pond is consumed leaving
the fishes to die very soon.

An alga blooming is not just the problem; its sudden
death can also deplete the oxygen supply of the pond.
Remember awhile ago, it was mentioned that alga
produces oxygen. Sudden death of algae can also
deplete the production of oxygen in the pond.
Decomposing algae consumes oxygen. You can notice this
if the fishes are always gulping at the surface for
oxygen every 6 minutes at the start of algae death.

If you have many fishes in the pond, you have to give
enough attention to their oxygen supply. Environmental
imbalance can also cause death like warm water
temperatures. If you don't want the fishes to be on a
critical state, you have to properly care for them.
Warm temperature of water also decreases its capacity
to hold or retain oxygen. If you want, you can also
use water-aerating devices like waterfalls and small
fountains however, this is not sufficient. When the
temperature reaches 80 degrees Fahrenheit, you have to
introduce brisk aeration for additional oxygen.

Not all fish pond owners have oxygen testing devices
and if you don't have one at home, you should make
sure that you provide continual aeration. Observe the
growth of algae and the water temperature. If you
think that additional or supplemental aeration is
required, don't hesitate to do it day or night.

At present, there are studies being conducted on
harmful and toxic algae. Make sure that your pond does
not host these toxic algae otherwise all your fishes
will all die. This type of algae is hard to identify
and so you must always keep a close watch over your
pond. This is needed to efficiently maintain the
pond's healthy environment. If you want, you can
gather more information about these harmful algae
online. If you have the right knowledge, you can take
good care of you fishes.

In order to increase the lifespan of your fishes,
always check for the oxygen levels of your pond.
Taking care of the fishes is hard work and it demands
some of your precious time but the rewards are
priceless. Seeing the fishes grow and the pond
flourishing with life is enough to make owners of the
ponds very happy and contented. Don't forget about
this very important factor - oxygen. Don't allow your
fishes to become stressed due to insufficient supply
of oxygen.


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