I just want to start off by saying it is great to be here and that i am looking forward to speaking with you all. I have not long finished renovating my house and it is time to move onto the garden and make it as beautiful as possible. I am planning on adding a small pond with a small waterfall, but i'm not sure about a few things. After the pond is placed what is the kind of maintenance you have to keep up? I understand you have to clean the filter but how often? weekly, monthly, by-monthly? and living in the UK what species of fish would be best to start off with?. Some more details below.
Pond: 2m x 2m x 3ft Pond plants: I think my wife will happily sort that Pump: Fishmate Pressurized UV Bio Pond Filter
If there is any other information that you need just say and i will add it on...
This is a picture of kinda what i am going for just a little bigger
When one realizes that he has posted about a pond on a fish tank forum ... genuinely sorry guys....
On the plus side i did own a salt water fish tank before the hold eels, Triggers, Lion fish, Clown fish, Tans, shrimp. Obviously i wen't through a learning curve when i started to add different fish to the tank, some times there where mass brawls. I ended up being really busy with work and had to give the tank away being that they need attention at least a couple times a week.
Maintaining a pond should be easier than a tank as long as you don't heavily overstock your pond. And also a lot of plants help too.
From what I understand, the reason that you clean the filter is to get rid of the materials that clogged up your filter and don't get water go through the media so probably once every 2 weeks or every month should be good.
Don't clean it with tap water, use tank water to clean it otherwise you may kill the beneficial bacteria.
Thanks for moving the post over to the wright section this will help me a lot!! I'm about to check out the link provided above and see what information i can get from that then i will get back to you guys!!
I have now read through the "Building your first pond" post and i found it very useful. Especially when i should add the fish and plants after filling the pond! Some information i did not get though is whether my pump will be powerful enough to clean the pond, located here: http://www.for-sale.co.uk/pond-filter I'm not sure how to measure the amount of water the pond will hold though? i know how much water there is in a meter cube.....