Frequently Asked Questions
We are often asked questions by customers whilst
on site or by e-mail. If you wish to ask a question then please
e-mail us and we'll get back to you and publish your question on
our site in order to help fellow fish enthusiasts. Here are some
Q&A's you may find helpful.
Q When I feed my fish
I often see them rubbing themselves against the side of the pond.
Is this normal behaviour and can I stop them doing this?
A The simple is yes
this is normal particularly after feeding when fish can be seen
to make exaggerated movements with their bodies and fins. They often
excrete at the same time and again this is quite normal.
Our advice is to keep the pond clean so if a fish should become
injured the chances of an infection are reduced and so the wound
would heal naturally. Most pond walls and bottoms carry a layer
of algae and or blanket weed and this affords the fish some protection.
Q Is it possible to
keep all of my fish free of parasites all of the time?
A Sadly it is not. All
fish carry some sort of parasite, which in general cause few or
no problems. If they have become a problem then the fish will generally
thrash about regularly during the day through irritation. However,
don’t confuse this with occasional thrashing, as this is normal
Q This year our pond
had a lot of tadpoles in it. Are they a problem and can they harm
A In general the
answer is no they cannot harm the fish directly though they can
cause a drop in water quality (nitrite levels should be monitored)
if there are a lot of them. Fish generally eat them and that tends
to keep the numbers down naturally.
Why do my fish appear to be gasping
for air on the surface of the pond and I am concerned they are not
well or happy?
A There are two main reasons
why fish do this.The most common is oxygen starvation which can
be cured by getting more oxygen into the water. this can be achieved
by such items as waterfalls or fountains or perhaps an air pump.
You can also use an oxygen stabiliser which with a small dose will
cure the problem quite quickly but will not provide a permanent
solution. Introducing oxygen naturally is the best way.