Fish Health in Hot Summer Heat

Summer is over, but for many of us - the heat remains. Here a couple of things to do to keep your fish healthy and your pond clear going into winter. First, remember to keep your pond well aerated. This is very important to your fish because the pond water actually holds less oxygen at higher pond temperatures. So if it's still hot in your part of the country, keep those waterfalls and fountains running! This will keep your pond water full of oxygen, and reduce stress on your fish.

If you see your goldfish or KOI gasping at the surface, it's a good sign that you don't have enough dissolved oxygen in the water, and this can be dangerous. Especially if you have a lot of green water algae in the pond. This algae can absorb much of the oxygen in the pond water at night and cause very low dissolved oxygen levels during the day - which can be deadly to fish!

One thing we recommend this time of year, is to do a partial water change. Drain off 10 - 25% of your total pond volume, and replace it with fresh, new dechlorinated water. If possible, vacuum or drain decaying organic matter and debris off the bottom to reduce the ponds bio-load.

Your fish will usually be vibrant and playful after a water change. It's like giving them a 'breath of fresh air' and invigorates them. Again, we only recommend a 10 - 25% water change right now - but feel free to experiment with whatever works best for your pond.

Remember to re-add your pond salt whenever you drain and add new water. Having a salt water test kit is also helpful, or a digital salinity meter, to determine optimum salt levels.

**************************************************
Brett Fogle is the owner of MacArthur Water Gardens and several
other pond-related websites including MacArthurWatergardens.com
and Pond-Filters-Online.com. He also publishes a free monthly
newsletter called PondStuff! with a reader circulation of over
9,000. To sign up for the free newsletter and receive our FREE
'New Pond Owners Guide' visit MacArthur Water Gardens today!
**************************************************

Why are Adirondack Chairs & Adirondack Furniture a Cottage Favorite?

With summer right around the corner, it's time to sit back and enjoy a cool... Read More

A Quick Overview of Outdoor Hot Tubs

There is nothing quite as relaxing as a leisurely evening soak in the hot tub... Read More

Garden for Birds #4

I would like to know.....................WHO STOLE SUMMER?????????????/What did you do with it?And where are you... Read More

Hummingbird Migration

Specific humming bird migration patterns differ by species and habitats, but there are a few... Read More

10 Free Gardening Products

One of the pleasurable spin-offs in organic gardening is finding alternative ways of coming up... Read More

Brilliant Beetroot!

Are you looking for a truly versatile vegetable to grow and serve? Try beetroot! It... Read More

Feeding the Hummingbirds

Early in May here in west central Wisconsin, I can count on seeing a Ruby... Read More

How to Control Poison Ivy

Poison ivy is found throughout southern Canada and most of the United States except Alaska... Read More

Build a Rain Garden

There's a new garden in town. It is (mostly) easy to install, looks good year-round,... Read More

Growing Organic! Herbs, Flowers and Fruit

Creating no dig gardens on top of the soil gives you many immediate advantages over... Read More

Planning a Water Garden...

A water garden is the area of your landscape that will provide you with relaxing... Read More

7 Factors Needed for a Compost Pile

Compost, made from decomposed grass clippings, leaves, twigs, and branches, becomes a dark, crumbly mixture... Read More

Grow Organic Vegetables

There are more reasons than ever why anybody with access to a few square feet... Read More

Fall Flowering Bulbs

Deciduous trees dazzle us with the brilliance of the golds, oranges and reds they display... Read More

Laying Out Your New Landscape

When planning your new landscape, the first place to start is by driving around your... Read More

Online Garden Seed Exchanges

If you've been gardening for any length of time you have probably realized a couple... Read More

Choosing Garden Furniture

No matter how pleasant a garden is, it is not being enjoyed to its full... Read More

Edible Flowers in Your Garden

Flowers can be an integral part of cooking. While most of us are aware that... Read More

Canopy Swings - Escape the Weather with One

Do you love to sit outdoors and swing for hours but have to cut your... Read More

Easter Lilies, and the Number One Gardening Question Right Now

Everybody asks about Easter lilies! Can they go outside; can I plant them in my... Read More

Butterfly Gardening

Butterfly gardening is not only a joy, it is one way that you can help... Read More

The Perfect Garden Sundial

Is it possible for a garden sundial to tell perfect time?The chances are very good... Read More

Professional Lawn Watering Techniques - Wireless Sensors for Lawns in Drought Areas

The technnology secrets will help home owners maintain lawns in drought areas using a fraction... Read More

Protecting your Garden Pond from Pesky Predators

Notice any fish disappearing lately? While herons are present year-round, water gardeners notice the challenges... Read More

Garden Statuary - Time for a Fresh New Look

Spring is coming, and now is the time to get out and whip those outdoor... Read More

Choosing the Perfect Landscape Painting

Landscape paintings are a beautiful way to spruce up the decor of your home. Although... Read More

Growing Vegetables in Containers - The Compact Solution

Container vegetable gardens are a great alternative for those that don't have access to backyards.... Read More

The Amazing Hummingbird

Without a doubt, hummingbirds are beautiful and interesting creatures.Those living in the wild usually have... Read More

The Tools of Rose Gardening

Like any job you tackle, it's always easier if you have the right tools. Before... Read More

A Look at Fall Flower Bulbs

Most people would think of fall as a season when trees are changing colors and... Read More

Flowers and Butterflies, the Perfect Combination!

Spring is coming fast and with it the colors of the world come to life.... Read More

Laying Out Your Landscape Part Two

Part Two in a SeriesOnce you have your landscape design on paper, now it's time... Read More

Mustard: The Greatest Among The Herbs

Mustard plants have been used for thousands of years for their pungent flavour in condiments,... Read More

Iris Flowers Remind Me Of Mom!

Iris flowers always bring memories of mom to mind. Let me share with you three... Read More

8 Simple Tips to Keep Your Lawn Mower Running

1. If you have a non-electric mower which runs on petrol or gas have a... Read More

5 Things To Consider Before Purchasing a Push Reel Mower

Push Reel Mowers are making a "comeback" of sorts, though, in reality they've never really... Read More

Would You Like More Information About Climbing Roses?

What is more beautiful than seeing a home or building with an arch of climbing... Read More

Pruning Roses Secrets

Pruning your roses is one of the most needed and the most annoyingly difficult tasks... Read More

Storm Warnings For Ponds

California has earthquakes; we in the south and east coast have hurricanes. One thing we... Read More

Garden Fencing

I made my very first garden when I was six in a small corner at... Read More

Hummingbirds

Many individuals are fascinated by hummingbirds. So much so, that they will do anything in... Read More

Homemade Hydroponics System Plan

Building your own water works system is quite simple and can be fun, if you... Read More

Make The Most From Your Vegetable Garden

All your hard work has paid off, and now you are presented with a dilemma,... Read More

Composting the Easy Way

Having an ample supply of good rich compost is the gardeners dream. It has many... Read More

Poly Tarps: More Than Meets The Eye

To many people, "tarp" conjures an image of a crumpled canvas in the corner of... Read More

Five Tips For Garden Sanctuaries

The design of your garden has an amazing affect on your family's health and well-being.... Read More

How to Grow Chocolate Cosmos

Chocolate cosmos (Cosmos atrosanguinea) is both nose and eye candy for your garden. When it's... Read More

10 Tips for Successful Rose Planting

Planting roses isn't actually complicated, as long as you have some good advice and tips... Read More

Sleeping Beauties: Porches For Dreaming

There's something magical about sleeping outside, drinking in the night sounds of crickets, frogs and... Read More

A Beautiful Rose Is Natures Gift

Roses are one of natures most beautiful and splendid gifts. Roses come in a variety... Read More