The installation of fish in your pond isn’t very difficult, provided that certain precautions are taken. Here’s some advice to obrtain a pond bursting with life !
Foolow this advice to create of a pond with fish of different types and colours, which bring to life the stagnant water.
First of all, make sure that the water is clean ! Pesticides and fungicides must therefore be banned close to the pool.
The second essential thing to do is to encourage insects to the area. The installation of aquatic plants will help attract these sources of food for your fish, on condition that you create a shallow part in the pool where larvae can develop without being eaten by the fish !
In general, wait for a month after the pond has been dug before installing your fish. This time is necesary for the pond to develop enough microbic fauna for a harmonious biological balance. When this has been achieved, you can now go in search of your fish. But be careful to make the right choice !
Indeed, some fish are incompatible. Some live peacefilly together while others eat each other. It is therfore advised not to mix different species.
Goldfish are best suited to small ponds. These small fish, measuring around 40 cms., live peacefully together. The species includes many varieties : red, black, orange and white, those with simle gills, or with wavy gills (comet).
In bigger ponds, it is possible to mix goldfish with Japanese carpe – providing they have enough space, these species live together in perfect harmony. But be careful – the carpe is quite a big fish. It can grow up to 1 metre long, so make sure you have enough room in the pond for them.
The other species which are suited to garden ponds are the sarasa (20 to 23cms.), with its red back and white stomach, the shunbukin (20 to 23 cms.), whose body is multicoloured blue, black, red orange and white, the ide (35 to 50 cms.), which has a bright orange back, and the tench (30 to 60 cms.), with its pretty green colour.