Caring For Your Fishes: Proper Pond Oxygenation

Pond fishes are very delicate to handle. Proper caring for fishes inside your pond requires daily maintenance. Unlike fishes that are living freely amongst the different bodies of water, pond fishes require more special attention. Because all they do is swim and wait for food to be served, there are only a few details on how to check if your fish is feeling sick or if they are given proper care.

Oxygenation is one very, very important factor that an owner has to consider. This can never be depleted in the everyday agenda. You have to check if your fish are receiving the proper oxygen that they need to get
through the day.

Proper oxygenation is needed especially during the summer when oxygen is rapidly depleting. The scenario would be like this: During summer time, the water in your fish pond becomes warm because of the heat that rotates around your surroundings. And as the water becomes warm, the lesser oxygen it holds. Ironically, fishes during summer tend to metabolize food faster than any other season. This has made more reason to need an increased amount of oxygen. Good thing if you have only a minimal number of fishes living inside your pond. You don’t have to worry about their oxygenation. Although, if you really love collecting fish and every single kind of fish is situated inside your pond, and sadly, your pond is just the size of your bathtub, this will result to a grievous problem. Its because the more fish there is inside a small pond, the more oxygen is needed. When oxygen becomes depleted, your fishes can experience an insurmountable amount of stress and can turn diseased. Some may
occasionally die.

Another factor that increases the depletion of oxygen is that when fishes are overfed. Obviously, when fishes tend to be fed in a large amount, there are two things that can be expected: one, there is a greater need for oxygenation because of rapid and increased metabolism of food; two, when fishes can no longer eat the food, it will be suspended inside the pond permanently and organisms living inside the food tend to decompose waste which still consumes oxygen.

Plants also share the benefit of oxygen that is available. While people think that plants only use up carbon dioxide to produce oxygen, that occurs only
during the wake of day. But when sunlight is absent, plants still contribute to the intake of oxygen inside the pond.

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What is the different measure that you can do to solve the oxygenation problem? Here are some:

  1. If you have an overpopulated pond, lessen the number. overfed can be painful for the owner to do but it can be quite helpful to save more fish lives. This can be considered as your last resort.
  2. Use aerating devices like waterfalls or fountains especially during the night or if medication is given. Keep the performance at a maximum level.
  3. Frequent, small changes in water can lessen the presence of microorganisms and chemicals that consume oxygen.
  4. Remove excess algae and debris.
  5. Carefully feed your fish by giving small, frequent feedings. If in excess, remove food that is uneaten at once.

Remember, proper oxygenation is equivalent to healthier fishes properly cared for living inside your pond.

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