Archive for March, 2010

Water Feature – Wooden Barrel

half barrel water feature

half barrel water feature

How’s this for a project at a bargain price? You won’t find similar quality at a better price than this. UK Water Features have knocked a massive £50 off of the price of this Half Barrel Water Feature. This is just the perfect one-box water feature and for just £69.00. What’s more it is easy to install and makes a very safe, convenient water feature for the smaller garden or maybe in a secluded corner of a large one!

What To Feed Your Fish

Pond FoodThere are a lot of different types of fish food on the market and the choice can seem confusing. So what should you feed your fish and when?

Firstly, you should only feed your fish when the water temperature rises above 4ºc. Below this temperature, your fish won’t want to eat and their metabolism will be so low that they would not digest any food consumed. Any food offered would probably only remain uneaten and sink to the bottom where it will decompose and contaminate your water.

Once temperatures rise above this point, you need to decide which type of food to use. There are several different types of food available: –

Wheatgerm Food

When your pond water is above 4ºc but below 10ºc you should feed your fish wheatgerm food. This is because in colder weather, your fish have a slower metabolism and wheatgerm food is much easier for them to digest at this time than other types of food. They will be able to extract nearly all of the goodness from the food with the minimum of waste and so reducing pollution.

Pond Sticks

Once the temperature in your pond is over 10ºc then you can feed other types of food. Pond sticks float on the surface of the water and will provide your fish with all the goodness it needs to stay healthy. You can also buy pond sticks which are specially formulated for koi carp.

Sinking Food

This type of food sinks to the bottom of the pond and is designed for bottom-feeding fish such as tench, sterlet and sturgeon.

Pond Flakes

This type of floating food is delicate and breaks down easily. Smaller and more fussy fish can nibble at it.

Growth Food

This is designed to help in boosting the growth of your fish. It is a floating food which should be fed only in summer. It usually contains spirulina to enhance the colour of fish.

See all of the foods available in our pond food page.

Pond Vacuums

What type of pond vacuum should I buy?
With so many pond vacuums available, it can be a daunting task choosing the best one for you and your pond.

We show you what is available and help you to decide.

There are three main types of pond vacuum available:

Pond Monsta Pond Vacuum
In-pond Vacuums
This type of pond vacuum has an extending handle and a head containing a pump that goes in the water.

A constant flow of dirty water is sucked into the head of the vacuum, through a hose and either down a drain (or if you prefer onto your flower beds as it makes a great fertilizer).

The Pond Monsta, shown above, does have a collection basket available should you rather recycle the water.

Also  available in this type of vacuum is the Hozelock Pond Vac and these two cleaners are probably the most popular vacuums.

They are easy to store, lightweight and so easy to manoeuvre and also the most powerful and economical pond vacuums on the market.

Oase Pondovac 3
Pond-Side Vacuums

These vacuum have a pump unit that sits at the side of the pond, connected to the vacuum head by a hose. Dirt is sucked up through the hose into the pump unit. When the unit is full, the dirt is emptied out via another hose.

The cheapest of these pond-side vacuums is the very popular Oase Pondovac Start. This unit will stop for emptying before you can continue to vacuum.

Alternatively the Pondovac 3 has continuous flow.

Tensor Pond Vacuum
Hose Powered Vacuums

Finally we have the economical hose powered vacuums which simply attach onto your garden hose. Turn the hose on and a low pressure area is created in the head of the vacuum which sucks up debris from the pond.

These cheaper vacuums are only really suitable for ponds of 60cm (2ft) deep or less and have the disadvantage athat they will add tap water to your pond.

Click here to read more about pond vacuums

Why Use Pond Underlay?

pond liner underlayPlacing pond liner underlay protects your liner from sharp objects such as stones, roots and anything else that could tear it. Although you can use old carpet or newspaper instead, they are never quite as good as they will eventually rot down and stop protecting your liner.

Other people place a layer of soft sand under the liner. Although this will not rot down, it is quite difficult to keep in place during the installation of the liner.

We therefore recommend using a purpose made pond liner, which will last and protect your liner for years to come.

These come in differing qualities, each designed to suit different liners. Many companies will only guarantee their liners when you use one of their recommended underlays.

See the main site pond liner page for more info.

Planning A New Pond

Pond design has to be the most important aspect of the pond building process. Get this wrong and you have not only wasted a lot of time and maybe money, but you may be left with a pond which is not suitable for keeping fish in at all.

Get it right however, and you should end up with a thing of beauty which will give you years of pleasure and provide the perfect home for your garden pond fish.

Below are just a few of the things you need to consider when designing your pond

  • Location
  • Safety
  • Inhabitants (fish, wildlife, koi)
  • Size, depth and shape
  • Type (formal, raised etc.)
  • Features such as waterfalls, fountains, lighting etc.)
  • Materials (concrete, fibre-glass, liner)

See the main site page here for an in depth article on pond design.


Welcome to the pond blog at Bradlodge. We hope this blog will help you to create and maintain your perfect garden pond or water garden. We will be posting help and advice on designing, building and maintaining your pond, the equipment you may want to choose to run your pond and of course your fish and plants.