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Ponds: The Natural Mud Pond

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Mud ponds Mud ponds permit the acquisition of enormous bodies of water, and are indicated if you want to grow enormous numbers of fish, or perhaps just grow a few fish to enormous size. It’s true that fish are limited (but not stopped) by the size of their facilities. In small containers, a five year old Koi may be twelve inches long. In a mud pond, the same five year old fish would be “twenty-something” […]

Pond Fish Nutrition: Assessing the Food Label

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Assessing the Fish Food Label: Step-By-Step Assessment 1: Protein source. Look for fishmeal, squid meal, whitefish meal, anchovy meal, shrimp meal, blood meal, herring meal, etc as first ingredients. These are the best protein sources for fish and are the ones I recommend. Other proteins, for example if you found a bag of food that showed Lobster meal as the first ingredient, you understand that again, aquaculture protein is best for aquaculture. Assessment 2: Purpose […]

Who Are the Watergardeners?

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Who Pond Keepers Are; and Why We Keep Ponds in the Landscape Pond keepers are normal people like you and me. The average pond keeper is intelligent and usually has other pets. They typically relate that they got into pond keeping because the sights and sounds in and around the pond were relaxing to them. They also relate some surprise that their individual fish could become beloved family pets whose activities are noted and fondly […]

How to Quarantine Koi and Pond Fish: Limiting Fish Diseases

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How to establish and utilize a good “quarantine” facility. A quarantine facility is just a big container for new fish to spend some time in before they join your resident population of fish. Figger it this way: the new fish could have a disease and your resident fish hopefully do NOT. So you temporarily put any new fish into quarantine for a week or three to allow whatever illnesses they might be carrying to “go […]

Pond Fish Mistakes: Buying Healthy

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Good body language. Eating at the store. If you know about these most-common mistakes in advance, they will be easy to avoid. One of the first mistakes the beginner will make is the purchase of sick fish. Koi keeping tends to be the kind of hobby where folks are impulsive, and they usually have some small amount of disposable income to spend and it burns a hole in their pocket. Without knowing what to watch […]

Watergardening for Retired People: Part Two

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If you can possibly afford to, heat the fish over winter. Don’t break the bank, but it will save you a lot of potential suffering in the Springtime. See for more details on this area. Whenever you buy a fish, make sure you “quarantine” it for a couple weeks before adding it to the main collection. It’s real important to do this so you don’t burn down the whole collection with an introduced ‘disorder’. […]

Watergardening for Retired People: Part One

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Pond Keeping for Retired People. I want to make pond-keeping simple for retired people who are in the hobby for enjoyment, not hard work. So I am going to present a lot of basic ideas to guide your successful startup without a lot of explanation. It’s kind of a “because I said so” sort of thing, or if you prefer, “take my word for it”. You shouldn’t saddle yourself with a ‘too-large’ pond. Too small […]

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