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Garden Fish Pond Installation and Care. More Top Tips To Ponder
Make your pond come alive at night too. Install a lighting system in the pond. Underwater
pond lights are safe since they use low voltage (12V or 24 volt) systems.
Other than being effective and low voltage: therefore safe for children and
animals, the cost is also low. Low voltage underwater lights are also easy to
install. A wide range of available pond lights include, floating globes, underwater spotlights, in ground
spotlights, coloured lenses and so on.
We recommend that for most small to medium sized ponds that
rigid PVC pipes should not be used either. These pipe or tubing systems have disadvantages
in a water garden. Transparent hose
and garden hose pipe kink easily. Rigid pipes need expert fitting and are
difficult from a maintenance viewpoint and to be able to change direction in the
pipe run then a
fitting has to be installed at the cost of pressure drop in the water
flow circuit. I strongly recommend ribbed hose which is normally black and
therefore opaque in colour.
Ribbed hose pipe does not kink. It is extremely versatile and can be bent easily
to change pipe direction without the pipe diameter becoming kinked or
restricted. Do spend a bit more on fittings and tubing to reduce
your pond keeping maintenance hassles. Avoid using jubilee clips (unless
stainless steel) which rust and become difficult to remove for maintenance.
If you must use clear tubing make sure there are no kinks in the line. This will severely restrict flow from your pump.
Whatever you use always avoid sharp bends and minimise the number of connections in the lines.
Always use the largest diameter hose tubing or pipe you can
to join your pond pump to the filter or waterfall. You'll often see a
fitting connection called a stepped hose fitting (different stepped
diameters on same plastic connector). Always use the largest if you can and
cut off the smaller diameter connecting lengths. The reason is that larger diameter pipe
interferes less with flow rate from pump and because the pressure drop is
reduced flow is maintained closer to manufacturer's specifications. If a pump is supplied with a 25mm
outlet then use 25mm diameter pipe. If the pipe is to be very long, say 8 metres then it
would be useful to install a reducer to increase the pipe size from 25mm to say
32mm. What is important is to reduce pipe length and increase pipe diameter to
get the best out of your pump. Do not use 13mm (1/2 inch) fittings and pipe except on very
smalls pumps. Refresh your memory about
pump head and also
pump flow and I suggest in general add 20% to the head you think you
need to compensate for flow losses due to pipe length and pipe restrictions
of whatever kind.
Do not add chemicals to a pond unless absolutely necessary and you know what you are doing.
The absence of a filter is more often than not the reason people add chemicals.
When the situation is reached that chemicals are to be added to a pond then this
should only be done under guidance and certainly by following written
instruction to the letter ... this almost certainly means you need to know
volume accurately.. It is rarely necessary to treat pond water. Some
exceptions are when it is important to start up a filter from scratch then a
bio starter can be used. These are non chemical and are perfectly safe to
add. Another time is if you get
What do you do with casually offered pond
keeping advice (especially with respect to the latest gadgets)? Nothing until you have spoken to a reliable source of
information and products.
If you are not sure ask someone who can give you good advice. If the advice is
sound and makes sense and can be backed up by example, years of experience, top
class customer service and application, or published information
then it is probably good advice. However if something does not make good sense
to you be careful and do seek further advice. A bad
installation is expensive to fix and dead goldfish or dead koi stay dead.
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