There are an increasing number of cases where otters are taking goldfish and koi from garden ponds. Otter numbers are on the up, and they are on the look-out for food. They might already have taken some of your fish, when you blamed a heron.
What is the real level of risk to your pond and can you do anything about it? Continue reading
With Spring in the air, the new stocks of pond plants will soon be appearing in the shops. On some occasion we have all obtained an interesting plant seen at a supplier, or following a description in a catalogue, book or online article. We’ve tried growing it ourselves and then been disappointed when it fails to flourish. Why won’t it grow?
This article looks into some of the reasons why a plant might fail and suggests how to get plants to flourish in future. Continue reading
Ornamental ponds with brightly coloured carp and goldfish can be easy pickings for herons, especially in the cool of the spring and the winter when the fish are sluggish and plant cover is lacking.
I’m often asked how to stop herons taking fish. There are various options and this is my experience on how they stack up: Continue reading
Do you have persistent problems with blanketweed or duckweed in your pond? Phosphate (a form of phosphorus) found in fish food and tap water may be the problem.
Phosphorus is an essential element for life. Usually it is bound with oxygen and other minerals to form phosphates. It is also found in animal bones (calcium phosphate).
High levels of phosphate in ponds are a major cause of green water and blanketweed problems, and can also cause nuisance levels of duckweed. Continue reading
Recently the UK government has announced that five varieties of pond plant are to be banned from sale next year.
Until recent years perhaps only Japanese Knotweed had been as high in public perception as a problem, but this is likely to change in the future Continue reading