Top 5 mistakes new pond owners make

Now that we are in a new year, I thought our readers would appreciate a little help starting off the new year right. Even though I point out some specific mistakes, just know that I pointed them out because these are the things that I see our customers doing often and they are in no way meant to shame anyone. Life is full of learning!

  1. Underestimating the amount of maintenance a pond requires.

This first tip is something that I see so often its ridiculous. It’s easy to look at pictures of beautiful ponds online and dream about having your own, but what you typically don’t see is the hard work that it takes to make a pond looking its best year-round. Every pond is different so how much work exactly truly depends on your pond. Just make sure to do your research and overestimate.

2. Putting harsh chemicals into your pond

This tip is also extremely common in my experience. People who use harsh chemicals either think “I use this in my house, why can’t I use it outside too?” or those who use chemicals are tired of maintaining their pond and just want to see results. To both of those people I would say, consider your environment. You most likely take pride in how your pond and by extension, your yard looks, but these chemicals will not only kill the bad stuff in your pond, but also kill the good stuff too and all the plants that get their nutrients from the pond. Like the first tip, make sure to do your research and find the best product for your pond. An easy way to get started is to look through the products in our shop!

3. Buying only one Koi fish.

This is something that I never would have thought about before working with Koi fish and many new customers that I see fish to had no idea about this prior. Just like most other domesticated animals, Koi fish are social and require one other Koi fish with them minimum. Otherwise Koi tend to get bored and hurt themselves against pond walls. To those who come into our shop looking to buy just one Koi to test out the pond, we usually recommend starting with goldfish, that way you can get into the habit of having fish and decide if that is what you really want without putting too much of an investment into Koi before you know for sure.

4. Not maintaining your pond year-round.

Yes, this is a call back to one of my most recent posts, but its so important that I wanted to reiterate. Even though your pond is “shut down” in the colder months, it’s important to go out and check on it, even if it’s only once a week. Pond equipment can be very expensive and it is common for things to break over the months if not checked on. It also doesn’t hurt to pick up any debris in or around your pond, it will keep your pond’s ecosystem healthier and make like a whole lot easier in the spring when it’s cleanout season.

5. Forgetting to consult experts before the damage is done.

This one is huge. Even if you want to DIY your pond, doing your homework and talking to professionals is vital to make sure your doing everything right. Mistakes while building or upgrading your pond can be very expensive mistakes and could even hold your progress on the pond in place. There is a lot of information out on the internet (yes, for ponds too) so double check everything to make sure that the information you’re receiving is accurate and if you have questions, don’t be afraid to reach out to a professional in the field.