Getting the balance for a natural pond can be difficult and there are a lot of factors to consider.
The recommendation for each square metre of surface area:
- Two bunches of oxygenating plants
These help in maintaining water clarity, and reducing the proliferation of green algae.
- One medium to large water lily
These help to provide surface coverage preventing evaporation and for the fish to hide.
- Two fish – Gold Fish or Native Rainbow
These control pests such as aphids, flies and mosquito larvae and other insects..
- One bog plant or small marginal plant (per two square metres)
These help to consume excess pond nitrogen and phosphates.
- Do not feed fish in the pond.
Fish are algae larvae eaters and by feeding them you are adding more nutrients into your pond that will make algae grow.
Please Note: This is a guide only. For larger ponds the capacity of plants would be much less per square metre. We recommend not to overcrowd a pond if starting from scratch. Start off with only a few plants in your pond and then decide how many more is needed.