Goldfish Outdoors

Written by Dane Stanton

How do you build a goldfish pond outdoors?

The tools you will need are a shovel, pond liner and underlayment, a long enough rope, coping stones and decorations, plants, a pump (you will need a pump to run a filter, fountain, or waterfall and it will keeprepparttar water circulating andrepparttar 146996 plants healthy), a filter system and some cooperative friends or family members. Now you can get started.

Time to choose Several options are available and you could actually build a goldfish pond in a day, depending onrepparttar 146997 size you want it to be. Begin by deciding where inrepparttar 146998 garden you would like a goldfish pond.

* It should be near your house, as that would make it more accessible to power supply sockets.

* It should not be atrepparttar 146999 end of a sloping garden because when it rains allrepparttar 147000 water along withrepparttar 147001 chemicals fromrepparttar 147002 garden would run intorepparttar 147003 pond.

* It should not be under too much of shade, as a pond needs at least four hours of sunlight.

* It shouldn’t be very near trees asrepparttar 147004 falling leaves and debris would fall in and clogrepparttar 147005 pond. You would be cleaning up allrepparttar 147006 time.

Time to dig

* Decide onrepparttar 147007 shape and size ofrepparttar 147008 pond. Userepparttar 147009 rope to outlinerepparttar 147010 shape you want and then begin digging. That’s why you need a couple of helping hands so thatrepparttar 147011 work gets done faster!

* Do not go for a small pond for goldfish because they need space. Also try and keep different levels of depth, as in a swimming pool. Mark outrepparttar 147012 shallow areas andrepparttar 147013 deeper areas. This would giverepparttar 147014 pool a natural variety.

* Usually ponds in moderate climates should be at least 2 feet deep while in more colder climates, you would need to make sure thatrepparttar 147015 pond is deep enough to allow for at least 12" to 16" of water belowrepparttar 147016 freeze zone.

* Dig according torepparttar 147017 shape you want and dig a shelf-like level aroundrepparttar 147018 perimeter ofrepparttar 147019 pond, which is about one foot deep and one foot wide. Also make provisions for a waterfall by digging a slight slope to one end.

* Time now to positionrepparttar 147020 external pond filters. If you have pond skimmers as well, then you would need to place and level these inrepparttar 147021 proper places. Also dig a ditch torepparttar 147022 external pond pump fromrepparttar 147023 skimmer and fromrepparttar 147024 pump torepparttar 147025 external pond filter or waterfall.

Time to line

* Now you have to linerepparttar 147026 pond with what is called as Pond Underlayment. This is a lining that can be cut according torepparttar 147027 shape needed and can be taped together. This underlayment will helprepparttar 147028 pond lining to stay in place.

Goldfish Feeding Tips

Written by Dane Stanton

What’srepparttar best food for your Goldfish?

Goldfish need food that is a combination of carbohydrates and vitamins to help them grow and fight disease. They particularly need vitamin A to make their colors look bright. They do need protein but just about 12% so that they can build muscle. Inrepparttar 146995 natural habitat, Goldfish mainly feed on plants. They eat a fiber diet that includes algae, grasses and aquatic plants inrepparttar 146996 natural environment. Thankfully you do not have to sweat much to provide them withrepparttar 146997 equivalent nutritional needs because you can get it offrepparttar 146998 shelf! These processed food available at pet stores include:

Flake food

This is one ofrepparttar 146999 commonly available goldfish foods, especially made for them and it consists of brine shrimp. It is easily eaten by Goldfish and helps in avoiding a particularly fatal sickness calledrepparttar 147000 Air Bladder Disease.

Pellet food

This is also flake food with brine shrimp but it’s packaged as a pellet. The only problem with pellets is that it sometimes swells inrepparttar 147001 goldfish’s stomach and makes it lose its balance. This is what isrepparttar 147002 Air Bladder disease.

Frozen food

This includes live food that is frozen. You have an array to choose from as in frozen brine shrimp, daphnia, tubifex worms or mosquito larvae. This will come frozen in slabs from which you have to break off bit-by-bit and hand-feed your goldfish. You can also opt for Freeze-dried foods, which includes Krill, Pacific plankton, brine shrimp and bloodworms.

Homemade food

If you really want to makerepparttar 147003 food for your goldfish and you haverepparttar 147004 time you can do so. You will find that their favorites are lettuce and peas. Take any type of lettuce, which would be easy forrepparttar 147005 goldfish to chew on and digest. Wash and rinserepparttar 147006 lettuce in warm water and just clip it insiderepparttar 147007 tank with a lettuce clip. Do not cookrepparttar 147008 lettuce. As forrepparttar 147009 peas, cook them till they are soft and refrigerate them. At feeding time, peel offrepparttar 147010 skin and mash a pea between your fingers and drop it inrepparttar 147011 tank. Do make surerepparttar 147012 peas are soft or you could end up bloating your goldfish. Goldfish enjoy plant food and that’s why you can see them happily nibbling away at Anacharis and Romaine lettuce or pieces of cucumber and zucchini which you should make sure to clip on torepparttar 147013 tank with a suction cup clip

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