Koi fish, nicknamed “living jewels,” can grow up to three feet long, and are considered the most iconic pond fish (and possibly the most expensive). An “award winning” koi fish can sell for over a hundred thousand dollars, but you can get small baby koi for around five dollars at your local fish store. Did you know koi are thought to be the closest animals to dragons in the modern world? Koi are also very important in both Chinese and Japanese culture. They are seen as symbols of many positive qualities such as luck, prosperity, strength, and power. Read More
Fish help bring a pond to life. They’re beautiful and relaxing to watch. Koi especially are very friendly and recognizes faces and routines. Once they get comfortable in their surroundings, koi and other pond fish may swim to the surface and say “hi” when you walk out to feed them. Koi are pretty smart and can be even be trained to do little tricks for added fun.
Fish are great for kids, they’re outdoor pets that require less attention and maintenance than a puppy or kitten. They can help teach responsibility, as they take turns feeding and even helping perform water quality checks. Just like any other pet, they can get sick or injured and can require special care. Read More
Thinking of adding a pond to your yard? smartpond® makes it an easy and budget friendly DIY project, with just a trip to Lowe’s and a little elbow grease. The hardest part will be digging the hole! Read More
It brings nature to life, combining the sweet sounds of flowing water with the excitement of swimming fish. Ponds are incredibly peaceful. You can put a chair or bench by the edge, and feel the stress melt away while you read a good book. It’s exciting to build a relationship with your fish. You might even get adventurous and try to train them!
The last few months have been spent bundled in sweaters, staring at bare, leafless trees, and grounds covered in snow. Winter is beautiful and quiet, nature seems to go to sleep as animals hibernate and trees lose their leaves. It’s a great time to reflect on life and plan for the upcoming warmer months. Spring is known as the season of new beginnings as nature reawakens. Plants begin to bloom, animals come out of hibernation, and soon little baby squirrels, raccoons, and rabbits will be wandering about. Once the ice and snow thaws and the temperatures warm, you can reopen your pond finally! Read More
A new year is a fresh start, a chance to reflect and make improvements. Resolutions are made (and hopefully kept!) as people promise more exercise and healthier lifestyle for the New Year. This year try adding a water gardening resolution. Think back to 2016, how was your water clarity? Were your fish healthy? How often did you test your water? Read More
The goal for a winter pond is to have healthy fish and good water quality, leading to a smooth spring transition. A pond filled with fish, frogs, and snails requires a little extra care, but adds for even more fun in the spring with tadpoles and baby fish! Depending on how harsh the climate is and the depth of your pond, you may decide to move everyone inside and close the pond for the winter. If you do not have fish to worry about, the workload is a bit less and the pond can be shut down until the weather warms up in the spring. Before the water freezes, don’t forget to add any lights or in-water decorations! Here are three tips to keep your pond enjoyable throughout winter. Read More
Winter means different things depending on where you live. In Florida, it could mean wearing a tank top on Christmas and owning a few sweatshirts, but if you live in Vermont or Montana it could mean blizzards and snowshoes! Ice is a main concern with water gardening in the winter. If the surface water will freeze over or even get some ice, winter prep is needed. Winterizing your pond is crucial for avoiding winter fish kills, ensuring your plants survive, and easing the transition into spring. Read More
There are cold weather people who love big jackets and hot chocolate and there are warm weather people, who enjoy bathing suits and smoothies. Similar to people, ponds can flourish in any season, but have special needs to succeed in the fluctuating temperatures. During the warm weather, the main concern is algae blooms, water quality, and oxygen levels. The three things you should know about ponds in cooler temperatures are the decline of good bacteria, vulnerability of fish, and potential runoff exposure.
Winter is a magical time of year. Unfortunately your koi can’t curl up in a Snuggie by the fire and read a good book while it snows; they need a little extra TLC to make it through the winter. Fish are better equipped to handle the cold, but may need to be moved indoors depending on the situation. Some plants need no help and will surprise you in spring with a bloom of hello.