HOW DEEP SHOULD MY POND BE?
The minimum recommended pond depth for fish is 18", although 2 1/2 feet is considered ideal. Keep in mind that fish require cool water in the summertime and need to be able to live under the ice in the wintertime. In extremely hot or cold climates, 12" in pond depth may have considerable impact on the health of your fish.
IS A FOUNTAIN EXPENSIVE TO OWN?
Every PowerJet pump comes complete with two fountain heads, a traditional 2 or 3-step jet and a waterbell jet, so creating beautiful fountain effects is quick and easy. A Laguna pump can cost as little to run as a 100-watt light bulb.
CAN I PUT FISH IN MY POND?
The size and depth of your pond will determine whether or not your pond can accommodate them. When stocking a pond, it's usually a good idea to start small and add a few fish at a time. This will ensure that the biological filter system is allowed sufficient time to handle the waste generated by pond inhabitants. It is recommended to test pond water regularly to make sure that water conditions are safe for fish. For goldfish and comets, one inch of fish for every three gallons of water is a good rule of thumb. For koi, five gallons of water for every inch of fish is recommended. As the fish begin to grow, you may need to remove some of them in order to maintain an ideal pond environment. Tap water can contain chlorine, chloramines and other harmful elements that are toxic to fish. In order to make your tap water safe, it should be treated with a conditioner such as Laguna Water Prep before fish are added.
WHAT TYPES OF PLANT ARE IDEAL FOR A GARDEN POND?
There are four major types of pond plants - oxygenating, floating, deep water and marginal. Oxygenating plants provide vital oxygen for fish and other pond inhabitants. In a mature pond, 60-70% of the pond surface should be covered with floating plants in order to reduce the development of algae. Deep water plants at the bottom of the pond provide fish with shade and protection from predators. Marginal plants along the outer edge of the pond will blend with the surrounding landscape, making it more attractive.
WHY IS OXYGEN SO IMPORTANT IN MY POND?
Fish, plants and other pond inhabitants require large quantities of oxygen in order to survive. In an isolated pond, dirt, leaves, algae and other contaminants can quickly accumulate, depleting a pond's vital oxygen supply. Laguna fountains and waterfalls help to aerate oxygen-deficient ponds and help keep pond inhabitants healthy.
WILL I GET CLEAR POND WATER RIGHT AWAY, AND HOW CAN I PREVENT IT FROM BECOMING CLOUDY OR GREEN WITH ALGAE?
With a new pond installation, the water may become cloudy until things have a chance to settle. Algae can also result from several factors, including strong sunlight, warm water and the overstocking and overfeeding of pond fish. Laguna UV Sterilizers, when used with a PowerFlo Filter, will kill and eliminate suspended algae and control harmful bacteria for cleaner, clearer pond water. Laguna PhosX and ClearFast, combined with the introduction of aquatic plants, will also improve water quality.
ARE THERE POINTS I SHOULD CONSIDER IF I HAVE CHILDREN?
A water garden can be a fascinating, natural learning environment for children. However, before installing a garden pond, it is important to consider the layout and depth of your pond, the type of water features you plan to use and other factors that may affect its accessibility to children. One option is a "bubble" fountain where the water is pumped up from an underground tank covered with pebbles on the surface. The foaming jet creates a very attractive display as the water trickles through the stones back into the tank.
WHAT SORT OF MAINTENANCE IS REQUIRED FOR A LAGUNA PUMP OR FILTER?
Laguna PowerJet and Max-Flo pumps require very little maintenance after installation. The cage should be checked periodically to be sure it is clear of debris in order to keep the pump running at peak performance. Laguna PowerFlo filters should be cleaned regularly (usually once every 2-3 weeks) so that they can continue to provide you with the clearest pond water possible.