Goldfish Ponds Part 4: Pond equipment
There is much more to keeping the occupants of a goldfish pond happy, healthy and thriving than just adding water, plants and food!
In order to provide for all of your goldfish’s needs, you will need to install a range of equipment and ornamentation, both to make the pond more visually appealing and to ensure that the pond is a suitable home for your fish.
Vital equipment such as filters and air pumps come in a range of different sizes and styles, and the type you ultimately choose will be dictated by your pond’s own needs, such as the size of the pond and the number of fish you will be keeping.
Here is our list of 12 essential pieces of goldfish pond equipment.
A potable water hosepipe
In order to fill your goldfish pond with water and top it up as needed, you will need a good quality hosepipe. It’s important to pick a hosepipe that is made of a material suitable for potable (drinkable) water, in order to ensure that there are no toxic compounds contained within the hose’s plastic that might be washed into your goldfish pond.
Using fish-safe sand on the floor of your pond will help to provide filtration, and provide a base for your rooted plants to grow.
Rocks and decoration
Adding some decoration to your pond, either natural-looking rocks or a combination of rocks and ornaments can add an additional dimension to the viewing appeal of your pond, and provide a range of hiding places for your fish. Make sure that you buy rocks that are suitable for keeping with freshwater fish, as regular garden rocks may leech toxins into the water.
An aeration pump (or multiple aeration pumps for larger fish ponds) is essential goldfish pond equipment in order to keep the water in the pond moving, providing oxygenation and keeping the pond from stagnating.
When you buy an aeration pump, refer back to your calculations on the volume of water within your pond, and check the capacity of the pump(s) you are looking at to ensure that you make the right choice.
You will need a reasonable amount of flexible rubber tubing to run your water pumps, and direct the water flow to the stiller areas of your pond.
Air stones or aeration ornaments
Attaching air stones or ornaments to the tubing that runs from your water pump will help to diffuse the air introduced into the pond and prevent overly strong currents from forming.
Goldfish are fairly messy animals, and it is important to provide filtration in order to process their waste and keep the pond healthy.
Ensure that you choose a filter that is robust enough to cope with the volume of water within your pond; again, the volume of water that a filter can process will be indicated on the packaging.
A few buckets kept solely for taking care of your fishpond are vital to aid with goldfish pond maintenance!
Siphons come in various styles, from the manually operated to the automatic, and are used for taking water out of your pond for water changes.
A fish net with a handle long enough to reach to the bottom of your pond is essential for the odd occasions when you will have to catch your fish as part of your goldfish pond maintenance!
Not to be confused with a net to catch your fish, pond netting can be tacked over the surface of your pond if you find that your fish stock is being attacked by herons, other wading birds, or even by domestic pets!