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Category: General Pond FAQ

Have little worms in your pond filter? Find out what they are

The answer to this question is these little brown worms are called blood worms and they are harmless to both plants and animals. In fact these little worms serve a purpose. When these worms are in your pond filter they help break down organic waste within the filter. The second purpose for these blood worms […]

I have leeches in my pond. Can I treat it with pond salt?

I wouldn’t suggest using an excessive amount of pond salt because this may effect the health of you koi as you could actually burn them and cause tissue damage. To the best of my knowledge, there is no effective leech treatment sold. Years ago I was told by another pond keeper to try a piece of […]

Pond turning a brownish tea color?

If the pond water is turning the color of ice tea, it may be turning this color due to run off or there may be pond plants in your pond that are planted in potting soil. Either one of these can lead to reddish brown water. If the water turns this color after a heavy […]

Why isn’t my UV getting rid of my string algae?

One of the most common misconceptions out there in pond land is that a UV Sterilizer will help control surface algae (aka Filamentous Algae). The truth of the matter is, a UV only kills off green water (aka waterborne algae) as the algae has to pass through the UV in order to be effectively treated. The […]

Tips for installing a skimmer in your pond

You can add a pond skimmer too your pond and it’s not really that hard to do when you follow these simple steps: STEP 1. You want to make sure that you position the skimmer where it is opposite your waterfall so that you are able to get the most out of the skimmer as […]

can a ponds natural eco-system take care of itself?

The answer to this question would be yes provided the pond only has a very scarce population of pond fish and has a 50% pond plant coverage. One thing to think about though, if there is no pond pump circulating the water, it is an open invitation to pests like mosquitoes. I would suggest using […]

Is it safe for my pet to drink the pond water?

This is a common question that I get often regarding pond water treatments. What I can say is that ponds treated with barley or beneficial bacteria’s are generally harmless to pets when applied properly. As far as algaecides are concerned, I would suggest being careful here. I don’t think that these would be harmful when […]

Tips on picking and setting up a waterfall filter

I always recommend a waterfall filter for a pond as they make great biological pond filters. This type of filter is commonly referred to as a “Bio-Falls” by most pond keepers. They are very simple filters as they usually consist of a filter mat of some sort and a biological media (i.e. lava rock, bio […]

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