Did you know GloFish weren’t created just to be colorful additions to you aquarium? According to Tetra’s April newsletter, “Originally, GloFish® were bred to help detect polluted waters in water systems to prevent the public from getting sick. The first step in developing a pollution-detecting fish was to create fish that would be fluorescent all the time. By adding a naturally derived protein gene to give them their fluorescent color, scientists hoped to use GloFish® to make it easier to quickly identify contaminated waterways.”
Glofish were originally bred to help detect polluted waters.
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Spring Cleaning Checklist
This winter has been absolutely brutal in most of these United States. So, let’s shift our thoughts to warmer things, like that pond of yours. Now is a good time to go through your spring cleaning checklist so you can hit the ground running come that first break of warm weather.
Remember these important steps:
- Check your pond for any areas that may require repairs, such as rocks that have displaced, a tear in the liner, and broken piping or valves.
- Remove any accumulated debris from the pond bottom and surface.
- Remove and dry your de-icer (if applicable), inspect it, then store properly for next season.
- Inspect and replace hoses, and tighten any fittings that are leaking.
- Start up your pump and filter in shallow water to ensure everything is working properly (there’s nothing worse than putting it the bottom of the pond only to discover you need to take it out again).
- Replace up to 25% of the pond water with tap water. Remember to add a water conditioner to remove chlorine, chloramines and heavy metals found in most tap water.
- Take a good look at your fish. Examine their activity, ensure they are not struggling or swimming oddly, and inspect their fins and scales to ensure they are healthy. Begin feeding according to seasonal feeding cycle.
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The ‘Greener’ Side of Ponds:
Environmental Benefits of Owning a Pond
There’s no doubt the primary driver for homeowners to add a pond to their landscape is to create a place of beauty and relaxation where they can escape this hectic world. Another benefit is increasing their home’s living space by adding an outdoor living room around the water garden.
There also seems to be a constant change in energy costs, as well as huge shifts in our nation’s weather patterns. More and more areas of the country are being affected by extended drought conditions, primarily in the western half of the United States.
By replacing some or all of your lawn with a pond or water feature, you can conserve energy, save money, support the environment and have a beautiful place to relax!
Here are TetraPond’s seven environmental benefits of owning a pond:
- Lawns require watering; whereas, ponds can be re-filled with rainwater.
- Ponds are a self-sustaining cycle of hydration that keeps plants alive without having to water them.
- Less mowing means less use of gas and carbon monoxide emissions.
- Pesticides and fertilizers for the lawn can be harmful, creating run-off that ends up in groundwater, streams and rivers.
- Sludge collected by your pond filter can be used as a nutrient-rich fertilizer for your flowerbed and garden.
- Ponds attract and create a haven for beautiful fish, dragonflies, frogs and birds, adding to wildlife propagation.
- Water gardens influence the young to help create a better future for the planet.
Remember, every little bit helps, especially when it comes to water conservation. And these are just a few things you can easily affect, right in your own back yard.
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Here’s the latest news from Tetra:
Check out their new water care app by visiting this spot on their website: http://www.tetra-fish.com/care-app.aspx It’s free and works with their pH strips to help you better understand and evaluate the pH of your pond water.
Tetra’s Water Care App – photo from Tetra
In other news, make sure you check out the TetraPRO Nutrition Line. It provides better nutrition for your fish because it’s made using a low heat process that allows it to lock in all those great vitamins and minerals!
Photo from Tetra
Prep Your Pond for Winter: Checklist
Now that the days are growing shorter and temperatures are getting colder, your pond and its inhabitants are beginning to get ready for winter. There are important things to do now to help your ecosystem adapt to the upcoming harsh months. Will it be a mild season? Or, will it be the harshest on record? No one knows for sure.
If you have trees close by, it is advisable to place a meshed net over the pond in order to prevent falling leaves dropping into the water. Although the net may look unsightly, it only needs to be in position while the leaves are falling, and is easier than removing the leaves from the pond by hand.
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Fall is a beautiful time of the year. But, sometimes that beauty can be hard on your pond, especially if you have trees nearby. In the fall, it is very important to prepare your pond by cleaning it out, protecting it from falling debris and maintaining your equipment, especially if you live in cooler climate zones.
Before winter sets in, invest in a TetraPond Pond De-icer
. Gases produced by decomposing organic material are toxic to fish when they are trapped beneath the ice covering the pond’s surface. In small ponds, the TetraPond De-Icer is especially helpful in preventing ponds from freezing solid. Remember, for fish safety, it is extremely important to never break ice on the pond because the shock waves can be detrimental, and sometimes fatal, to fish.
To ensure you cover all of the necessary fall pond prep steps, print and keep this checklist handy:
- Reduce the number of leaves falling into the pond with netting. Most pond retailers carry different sizes that can be hung over the pond like a tent. Or, you can build a frame across the surface.
- Remove any floating debris regularly with a hand net. Installing a skimmer unit will also save you time and effort.
- Cut back dead or dying aquatic plant foliage during the fall.
- Purchase a wheat-germ-based pond food developed especially for a Spring and Fall Diet.
- Disconnect the pump, filter and UV clarifier before water freezes.
- Store UV clarifier indoors for protection.
- Store filters indoors (if manufacturer’s directions suggest).
- Sink a few clay pots or weighted-down, clean buckets into the pond to provide refuge (in place of the protective plant cover that will disappear). Frogs who have taken up residence in your garden will also benefit from a place to hibernate.
- For breeds especially sensitive to the cold, like fancy goldfish, bring them indoors.
- Purchase or have the pond de-icer ready for installation.
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As water temperatures begin to fall in your area of the country, it is important to transition your pond fish to a highly digestible wheat germ-based food. Because fish are cold-blooded, their metabolism is controlled by the temperature of the water. So as water temperatures start to dip, you’ll need to make some changes to your fishes’ diet.
In water temperatures between 39°F and 50°F, wheat germ is ideal to transition fish into the cooler winter months because it digests easily at low temperatures. This is especially important because in the winter, fish metabolism and the pond’s ammonia-reducing biological activity are greatly diminished. And remember, never feed fish when water temperatures fall to 39°F or below. In addition, feed your fish only as much as they can eat in several minutes. If you are able, it is best to feed smaller amounts several times a day, versus one large feeding (not unlike how humans like to eat).
For optimal nutrition, TetraPond Spring & Fall Diet transitions fish in and out of the season and reduces thermal stress. That’s important for disease prevention.
Seasonal Feeding for Year-Round Nutrition
Follow a Seasonal Feeding Cycle so you can easily determine the best foods to feed throughout the year as indicated by the water temperature. When you use a TetraPond Thermometer , you’ll eliminate all the guesswork in fish nutrition.