Narrator: Another way to bring your pond to life is by adding fish. They provide a dynamic visual component, motion and color flashing in the sunlight. They can turn a pond into the ultimate outdoor aquarium and make time spent there, a meditative tranquil experience.
Fish provide the additional benefit of insect control. They feed on mosquito larva and reduce the amount of these pests in your home and yard.
Goldfish are by far the most popular fish and there are many different varieties from which to choose. Coy are also a popular choice and while a few home owners may spend thousands of dollars buying them, there are actually a lot of beautiful coy available for just a few dollars each. It may surprise most people to learn that coy and most goldfish varieties are hardy and easy to care for. They can even be left in the pond over the winter as long as the water doesn't freeze all the way to the bottom.
Adding fish to a new pond is a gradual process, spanning several weeks. By introducing three to four fish each week you give the filtration system time to adjust to the water's changing composition. That way the quality of the water will remain high. Begin the process by placing the bag containing the fish in the water for at least fifteen minutes. This time period allows the fish to acclimate to the pond's temperature. Then open the bag and the fish will swim into their new home.
Feeding quality food is essential for the health of both the fish and the pond. TetraPond's Floating Food sticks soften up quickly upon contact with the water making them easy to eat and digest and this in turn reduces the amount of fish waste in the pond. Small fish nibble the sticks; large fish may swallow them whole. A good guideline is to feed an amount of food the fish can finish in three to four minutes. The end result is healthy fish and a healthy pond.