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Step To Build A Pond

I don’t know anyone who has ever regretted building a pond. However, I do know several people who would have made some changes to their pond design if they had known how much fun and pleasure they got out of their ponds. Especially if they stock it with koi fish. These guys are hogs, they’ll eat out of your hand and they never get full.

Here are five tips to consider if you’re thinking about building a pond:

1. Build the pond as big as your yard and budget will allow. Most of us start out with a pond that ranges in size from 500 to 2,000 gallons. And then, if the room is available, build another one.

The reason is simple. If we stock it with fish, we start out with a few and then want more. There are hundreds of color combinations and many varieties of fish to choose from and one is never enough.

Some, like Koi, get really big and you should limit the number of fish to one for 100 gallons to avoid overcrowding. Fish may require additional water filtration and aeration equipment and that should be decided during the design phase. It’s very similar to planning a swimming pool. Considerations are almost the same.

2. Locate the pond where it will not be in direct sunlight all day. Fish, especially koi, need shade to help keep them from stressing out. Plants that do well in water can be used or plants in pots placed close to the edge of the pond. Anything that provides shade on the water will give them relief from direct sunlight.

Overhanging trees should be avoided to keep debris out of the water and reduce the maintenance requirements.

3. Don’t skimp on the water pump and filtration system. And get an ultraviolet sterilizer. You can get these almost anywhere pond kits are sold. Think of it like building a swimming pool. If you can’t get a professionally designed filtration system, you can do some homework and build a homemade filtration system that will do the job.

4. Get a water heater. If you live in a cold climate and your fish winter outside, an inexpensive water heater may be needed to keep the pond from icing over. Cattle trough heaters are available from most hardware stores in 1,000 and 1,500 watt sizes and can be used safely. You may be able to keep it from freezing just by moving the water or providing aeration. The important thing is to keep the pond from icing over completely.

5. Avoid the temptation to put goldfish into your pond. These little guys are prolific breeders and will get very big in a big pond. you might end up spending a lot of time trying to get the gold fish out of there because they breed so easily.

A pond, whether you call it koi pond, a fish pond, garden pond or whatever, can be a joy to own. Building one is not an impossible task if prefer to do it yourself, and there are many places to get help and advice when you need it. Think about it and make a list of what you desire in a pond. Then remember the rule of thumb about DIY projects. Take your time and cost estimates and double them. When you get it finished, you’ll have something to be proud of.

 

How To Make Pet Ownership Easy

Every pet owner wants to get the best things for his furry pal. But are there any best hacks that can take your pet ownership skills to the next level? With a wide array of pet products available in the market from apparels to grooming supplies, sanitation, feeding supplies, cleaning, pet techs and gadgets it sometimes becomes a difficult ask to select the best ones for your furry pal. With the advancement of technology, it has now become possible to make pet ownership easy.

Let us look at some of the products that will assist you in achieving this feat:

Automatic Feeders & Waterers

This product has been developed for the convenience of pet owners. Now you do not have to worry about feeding or watering your pet until and unless the stock is over in the storage area. There are a variety of DIY automatic feeders and waterers available in the market that can make your life easier. Normal bowls are now a thing of the past. Pet feeders and waterers that need you to only fill up the storage is a total fad. Now you do not have to put any reminders to feed your furry companion or water them. This will now be done by an automatic feeder. But to be safe, always keep a watch on the automatic waterers and feeders just in case a sneaky pal who might break into the storage bin. The automatic feeder aids your pet to eat at scheduled timings and prevent overeating. You can set the timer on a program timer present in the feeder or waterer. There are certain feeders that work by gravity.

Pet Monitor

Pet monitors are similar to baby monitors. With the aid of this instrument, it is possible to speak, interact, view and listen to the pets from anywhere. The monitor contains inbuilt speakers and microphones that aids in communication from both sides. This can all be controlled through a smart-phone. It can rotate 340 degrees with up and down video motions. This feature makes it easier for you to place it at heights as well. It is also possible for you to capture pictures and videos from the mobile device paired with the monitor. The great thing about this device is that it is now possible for multiple users to connect to the pet monitor. They come in different colours too.

Pet Flap Doors

Tired of opening the door repeatedly for your pooch? If yes; there is a solution for it. Thanks to pet flap doors it is now possible to stop moving even an itch. The great thing about these doors is that they can be installed to the existing doors. These doors are available in plastic, wood or any other material as preferred to you. They are generally made up of vinyl and certain flaps consist of a magnetic bar at the end that aids in secure closing of the pet door. These doors come in different sizes depending on how big is your pet. These doors make it easier for your pet to go to the balcony or garden area to conduct their business. The other great thing about this door is that you do not need to get back to the pet during your work timings to open the door for your pal.