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  1. Spring Time Feeding Advice

    Spring Time Feeding Advice

    Garden Pond Feeding Advice

    “To feed or not to feed, that is the question”

    Ok that’s not quite be how people are wording it, but it is the crux of the comments we are receiving at the moment. With the weather warming up nicely, the fish will soon be interested in feeding and whilst it is good to get some food down them you need to be wary. It is not only the physical activity of the fish which stops when the temperature drops in the autumn, it is also their digestive system. As such if you feed them now and the temperature drops to the point where they become inactive again, the food can sit in their gut and begin to decompose, which as I am sure you will understand is not good and so you need to be confident when feeding them that the temperature will be high enough over the next few days to fully digest the food and if the forecast says the weather is going to change stop feeding. The best food to feed them in the cooler temperature is Wheatgerm, which has been specifically designed to meet the fish’s needs at this time of year.

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  2. Getting Your Pond Ready for Springtime

    Although the winter has been very mild (yet very wet for many). Spring time is still a little way off, but hopefully the temperatures will continue to allow you to get out and start preparing for the warmer weather.

    Before we go any further lets just clarify the question of fish feeding. It is very important not to start feeding your fish until the pond water reaches a consistent average temperature of at least 6 Deg C and at this level you should only use Wheatgerm based foods. Below this temperature, your fishes metabolism will slow to the point where undigested food can rot inside the gut. Additionally, bacteria in your filter will not be sufficiently active to process any waste that is produced by feeding fish, resulting in water pollution.

    To keep you busy, it’s a great time to inspect and service your pond equipment. Your UV may need a new UV bulb as it requires replacement approximately every 6-12 months (dependant upon type). If replaced in the spring you will ensure it is working at its full potential as the green water starts to develop. The UV quartz should also be checked and cleaned to ensure maximum UV output. We suggest the use of a UV cleaning treatment which will clean your quartz without having to strip down you UV.

    If you forgot to clean your filter before the shutdown in the autumn, thoroughly clean your foam and media with pond water. If your foams are more than 3 years old and feel soft and floppy they may be due for a change. Your can purchase replacement foams for your filter in singles or sets and gradually swap them over a period of a few weeks, but remember that most manufacturers will only honour their performance guarantees if genuine replacement foams are used.

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    Wheatgerm FoodsUV BulbsUV Cleaning treatmentReplacement Foams – All Spare Parts




  3. Spring Time Feeding Advice

    Spring Time Feeding Advice

     

    Despite the small amount of sunshine and the slightly warmer days, we are still getting lots of customers telling us that the fish have only just started feeding.  Just like many creatures who fast during the winter, a fish’s body has evolved to take certain nutrients from the food it eats and ignore other nutrients.  When they start feeding in the Spring the fish needs to regain the weight lost and they will not take on Protein. As such feeding foods high in protein will be a waste and can also lead to foaming (Protein Froth), which can be very unsightly.  As such we recommend initially feeding them Wheatgerm, which has a low protein content but is high in fat, and is ideal for cooler weather.  It produces fewer pollutants and gives the fish the nutrients they require after the winter. As the temperature rises to 10-12 °C (50-56°F) you can start feeding the fish on Staple Food.  These contain everything needed to keep the fish healthy through out the summer months.   As the temperature drops again in the Autumn/Winter you should again move back to the Wheatgerm food to give the fish the nutrients they require.

    Please follow the link below to see what foods should be fed at what temperatures.

    https://www.watergardeningdirect.com/acatalog/How-and-When-To-Feed-Your-Fish.html

    If you would like to see what Wheatgerms foods we offer please follow the link below.

    https://www.watergardeningdirect.com/acatalog/Wheatgerm_Foods.html