Whether you are building a pond from scratch or remodelling an already built pond, the choice of which fish to be kept is a very important one. They not only add a natural aesthetic to your man made pond but also create an ecosystem in which harmony exists. It turns out to be a very peaceful experience for people who are interested in it but before you make a decision, it is important to make yourself familiar with what is available and what your best choices are. 

Types of pond fish

The carp family members dominate the pond fish category as well as the koi carp fish. Although there are various types of fish, it is important to understand the quality of each type of fish before selecting it. The hardy fish such as tench and goldfish are used in every size of pond as they are the most readily available and known. Koi carp fish are not that common in small ponds as they require a big area to swim around and a relatively larger pump is used for aeration. You can also choose a fish based on its visibility, some fish swim at the bottom of the pond so they are not seen from above water. There are others who swim on the surface and can be spotted, these fish give a life to the pond itself. 

A Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Koi

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Fast Facts About Pond Fish

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Fish Diseases and Ailments

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FAQ: Pond Fish Problems

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Looking After Your Fish

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Keeping pond fish well fed

Pond owners have to help the fish to grow and for that, feed them properly so they are nourished. Although there is algae, worms and all kinds of insects in the pond which the fish can feed upon, they still need supplements which are specifically for their growth. Pellets are a very common fish food which is served to promote growth as it is full of protein and vitamins. Always try to buy pellets or minnows from a high quality brand which is trusted and authentic. 

The benefits of buying high quality food is that most of it is absorbed by the fish and unnecessary chemicals are not passed in the water as is the case with low quality fish foods. If the size of your fish is small, crush the pellets into even smaller pieces so it can be easily taken up by them. Pond fish are not just for aesthetics but they form the aquatic life in a pond which is why it is so important to keep them safe!