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Fishpond Solutions is primarily an information site for water gardens and hobby aquaculture. Fish pond water quality is the theme of this site. Pond design, construction and maintenance directly influence water quality. The fish pond books and e-documents offered here cover all aspects of ponds.

The general principles for fish ponds are similar everywhere, but the warmer the climate, the worse the ponds' water quality problems and the more effort needed for algae control.

My name is Lloyd Mathews. I have Bachelor of Science degrees in aquaculture and environmental biology (the latter with Honours) from Curtin University, Western Australia. I ran a fishpond maintenance business for seven years. Since then, I have been slowly building a fish hatchery and aquaponics set-up on my home property. I also teach science, part-time, in high schools. As well as science degrees, I have a diploma in freelance journalism.

 

 

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The Complete Practical Fishpond Book

My aim in this book is to give essential advice on all the main aspects of freshwater garden fish ponds. I have tried to include some of the science of ponds while keeping the information easy to understand. Each chapter begins with an outline of the main points of the topic. Each point is then expanded on.

My experience with ponds has mainly been in the warm temperate climate of Perth, Western Australia. The principles for fish ponds are similar worldwide but warm temperate climates like that of Perth intensify some of the problems in ponds. This book will therefore be particularly useful to pond owners in sunny climates.

The book begins with pond design, starting with the position of the pond in the garden. I discuss the consequences of different pond sizes and depths and of “natural” and “artificial” ponds. I talk about the advantages of a dual pond system. I give guidelines for these and for “self-cleaning” ponds. I also say why I recommend designing the pond with a sump, overflow, leaf skimmer, and automatic top-up valve. Lastly, I give my colour preference for the pond bottom and sides.  

Next, I advise on pond construction. Ponds can be built with concrete, bricks, rigid polyethylene, fibreglass or liners. I write about my experiences with ponds made from each of these materials and also my preferences for pipework materials.

In the following chapter, I recommend various pumps, filters (including ultraviolet clarifiers), water features, underwater lights and copper ionizers. Choosing the right equipment will give you the right effect for the lowest cost and for the least effort.

The chapter on fish gives information on types of fish, especially goldfish and koi. I advise on when a new pond is ready for fish and the number of fish a pond can support. I give information on the handling, transporting, and feeding of fish, and on diseases and predators.

The next chapter delivers general information on water plants – why you should have them and their role in the ecology of the pond. Plants provide shade, oxygen, food, habitat and cover from predators. They filter toxins and excessive nutrients from the water. I give advice on keeping plants, including information on fertilizer and pests.

Finally, I give recommendations for pond maintenance including a routine. My advice is directed at pumps, filters, pond cleanliness, exchanging water and maintaining the pH and hardness. The maintenance is largely directed at algae control. I discuss the various forms of nuisance algae and control methods control for microalgae, blanket weed, and slime algae. Other advice includes information on water testing and water treatments.  
  
Maintaining good water quality is fundamental to the success of any fish pond. "Good" water quality means the water's suitability for its proposed purpose. Water quality is affected by every aspect of a pond, from its design and construction to its pumps, filters and maintenance. Each chapter of this book tells how each aspect of the pond affects the water. Every fish pond is different. The solutions to one pond's problems may be very different to another pond's.

© Lloyd Mathews BSc(Hons) 2012

The PDF version of this book is 123 pages including a glossary of technical terms, numerous photos and other illustrations. Numerous links throughout the book expedite navigation around the book and to the glossary.

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Algae Prevention and Control

The most common problem with fish ponds is the excessive growth of unsightly algae. This e-book tells how to prevent algae growing in ponds and thirteen ways to get rid of algae.

© Lloyd Mathews BSc(Hons) 2012

The PDF version of this document is 21 pages including a glossary of technical terms and several photos. Numerous links throughout the document expedite navigation around the document and to the glossary.

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Fish Pond Design

"Fishpond Design" is the first chapter of my book "The Complete Practical Fishpond Book". It begins with the best position of a pond in the garden. This chapter discusses different pond sizes and depths, and natural and artificial ponds. It talks about the advantages of a dual pond system and gives guidelines for self-cleaning ponds. It also recommends designing the pond witha sump, overflow, leaf skimmer, and automatic top-up valve. Lastly, it gives give my colour preferences for ponds.

© Lloyd Mathews BSc(Hons) 2012

The PDF version of this document is 18 pages including a glossary of technical terms and several photos. Numerous links throughout the document expedite navigation around the document and to the glossary.

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Fishpond Construction

This is Chapter 2 from my book "The complete Practical Fishpond Book". It gives advice on building ponds with concrete, bricks, rigid polyethylene, fibreglass and liners. I tell of my experience with these materials. I also give my preferences for pipework materials.

© Lloyd Mathews BSc(Hons) 2012

The PDF version of this document is 10 pages including several photos. Links throughout the document expedite navigation around the document.

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Fish Pond Equipment

This document is the third chapter from "The Complete Practical Fishpond Book". As well as all types of pumps, filters and water features, it discusses leaf skimmers, copper ionizers and underwater lights.

© Lloyd Mathews BSc(Hons) 2012

The PDF version of this document is 23 pages including a glossary of technical terms and numerous photos and other illustrations. Numerous links throughout the document expedite navigation around the document and to the glossary.

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Pond Fish

This document is the fourth chapter from my book "The Complete Practical Fishpond Book". It asks whether you need fish in your pond, how many fish can your pond hold, and what kind of fish should you have. It tells how to handle, transport and feed fish. When and how to put the fish in the pond is also discussed. Information is given on fish diseases and their treatment.

© Lloyd Mathews BSc(Hons) 2012

The PDF version of this document is 34 pages including a glossary of technical terms, tables, photos, and other illustrations. Numerous links throughout the document expedite navigation around the document and to the glossary.

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Pond Plants

This document is the fifth chapter from "The Complete Practical Fishpond Book". It tells why it is important for plants to shade the water and filter nutrients and contaminants. Other advice includes keeping plants in pots and not fertilizing. Plant types and plant pests are discussed.

© Lloyd Mathews BSc(Hons) 2012

The PDF version of this document is 15 pages including a glossary of technical terms and several photos. Numerous links throughout the document expedite navigation around the document and to the glossary.

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Fishpond Maintenance

This document is the sixth and last chapter from the book "The Complete Practical Fishpond Book". Apart from maintaining pumps and filters, this chapter tells how to keep the pond water clean using a maintenance routine. Lastly, it advises on algae prevention and control.

© Lloyd Mathews BSc(Hons) 2012

The PDF version of this document is 27 pages including a glossary of technical terms, photos and illustrations. Numerous links throughout the document expedite navigation around the document and to the glossary.

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