20 Pond Myths Exposed - Westney Landscaping, Master Pond Builders for Toronto, Markham, and GTA

20 Pond Myths … Exposed!

Let's set the facts straight about ponds. Review these 20 common myths.

1. Myth: Predators will eat all of your fish!
There is a constant fear in the water gardening community that raccoons and other four-legged predators will go swimming in your pond and help themselves to some of your prize koi, shubunkin, or goldfish.
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2. Myth: The presence of rocks and gravel make it difficult to clean your pond.
You are susceptible to buying into this myth, if and only if, you've never experienced pondering with rocks and gravel in your bond.
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3. Myth: UV lights such as those in UltraKlear™ UVC are the best way to keep your pond water clear.
UV clarifiers are one of the ways to keep your pond water clear, but certainly not the only way, and arguably not the natural way.
Find out how Mother Nature intended to keep your pond clear...
4. Myth: Your pond must be at least three-feet deep in order to keep koi.
There are thousands of two-foot deep ponds around the country, full of happy and healthy koi.
Find out what you need to know about depths and the cold...
5. Myth: Koi can't be kept in a pond that also contains plants.
In a naturally balanced ecosystem, koi and plants completment and need one another. It doesn't have to be one or the other.
Find out how...
6. Myth: You have to bring your fish inside for the winter.
Fish do fine during the coldest of winters as long as you give them two feet of water to swim in, oxygenate the water, and keep a hole in the ice with a bubbler.
Mother Nature can do the rest ... find out how.
7. Myth: Your pond water must be tested on a daily basis.
This myth comes from the aquarium industry and has a lot to do with the fact that an aquarium is a much smaller body of water.
Bring Mother Nature into the picture and how out how easy it is.
8. Myth: A pond in your backyard means you will have a lot of mosquitos.
Mosquitos will generally only lay their eggs in still, stagnant water.
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9. Myth: You cannot have a pond in an area where there are a lot of trees.
In nature, ponds and trees go together. Yes, you may have more leaves in your pond, but think of the shade.
Find out how these two features compliment each other.
10. Myth: You can't have koi in a pond that also has rocks and gravel.
Koi are actually just a fancy variety of carp, and all carp are bottom feeders. They love to swim and scavenge.
Find out the truth about koi and their environment.
11. Myth: It's okay to use chemicals in your pond.
This one comes from the swimming pool industry. If chlorine is good for humans in the local swimming pool, it must be okay for fish and plants in your pond.
Think again, and find out why.
12. Myth: Having a pond may decrease the value of your home!
Everyone knows when it comes to the resale value, a swimming pool in most of Canada's climate regions can be deadly.
Find out how real estate agents think ponds can affect your value.
13. Myth: I have liability or safety concerns!
It's natural to have these concerns, but it is important to remember that a professionally-installed water garden has considered these for you.
Find out how this enhances safety.
14. Myth: I want my pond located in the lowest part of my yard!
It makes sense to have your water garden in this area because it already collects water, however, this is probably the worst location.
Find out why.
15. Myth: You can use a timer on your pond!
Not true! Your pond is a living, breathing ecosystem that needs constant oxygen.
Find out more.
16. Myth: It's necessary to drain and clean your pond regularly.
The reality is, if you decide to work in harmony with Mother Nature, draining and cleaning your pond should be minimal.
Find out why.
17. Myth: Bottom drains work best if you have koi.
The claim by many koi keepers is that the water will lack sufficient oxygen at the lower levels and affect your koi.
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18. Myth: The more filtration the better the pond.
Believe it or not, you can over-filter a pond. That's right.
Find out what to avoid.
19. Myth: You can't be a koi hobbyist and a water gardener.
Not true! You can raise koi and have a beautiful water garden.
Don't choose, do them both - find out how.
20. Myth: High tech is the solution to controlling Mother Nature.
More than anything else, being observant and learning from Mother Nature is what it takes to be a water gardener.
Be a good student and start here.