Chilodonella infections in pond fish

In the spring you may notice one or several fish do not look well.  They are lying on their side and are very lethargic.   This usually occurs when the water temperature is between 40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. One common … Continue reading

Spring Time and Ponds

Spring Time and your Pond By now, most pond owners in North America, are experiencing spring temperatures.  The ice on the pond is melting and now we can see our fish. How did your fish do over the winter?   Unfortunately, … Continue reading

Read Your Koi Food Ingredient Label

How many of us really read our Koi Food Ingredient Label when purchase food for our koi?  Quite often, we look at the price of the food, not the quality.    While it is okay to have ‘fast food’ every … Continue reading

Good Tips to control Algae from Microbe-Lift

Good Tips to control Algae from Microbe-Lift Remember, algae is the symptom, not the problem. One of the best preventative measures is to monitor stocking density and under-stock the pond. The next would be to watch water temperatures and temper … Continue reading

Facts about Koi Nutrition from Microbe-Lift

Did You Know these facts about Koi Nutrition?  –Koi require omega-6 & omega-3 fatty acids but not more than 15% of the daily intake. –Fat breaks down into water & carbon dioxide, but protein breaks down into toxic ammonia & … Continue reading

Host Plants for Butterfly Gardens

Are you planning for your spring garden?   Okay, it is only January and it is freezing, snowing, raining, and miserable but I cannot stop thinking about spring, the ponds thawing, and what plants I can add to my garden.    Butterfly … Continue reading

Brown Blood Disease – Nitrite Poisoning

Have you lost fish in your pond or aquarium?  If yes,  it may be due to Nitrite Poisoning.  Nitrite Poisoning includes symptoms such as ‘piping’ or gasping at the surface, listlessness, and rapid gill movement.   When the fish dies, its … Continue reading

THE 7 STEPS OF THE NITROGEN CYCLE

THE 7 STEPS OF THE NITROGEN CYCLE When starting a new tank (or pond) you must “cycle” your aquarium (pond). The Seven Steps must be complete to cultivate the right bacteria in your filter system by allowing nature to take … Continue reading

De-Icer’s and Heaters

Pond De-Icer’s and Heaters Keep a hole open on your pond during freezing weather!  It is very important to keep a small hole open in the ice to allow gasses to escape.  These gasses will kill your pond creatures! Pond … Continue reading

Benefits of Lighting in and around your pond or water feature

Benefits of Lighting “While you might think pond lights are just for decoration, they can actually serve a greater purpose in your backyard. Usually, people who invest in pond lights and spotlights are hoping to add a focal point to … Continue reading