3 Reasons to Add Fish to Your Pond

24 Nov 2022 Ponds

Ecosystem ponds and swim ponds are beautiful and functional additions to any property. While the appeal of these water features is undeniable, they can require a significant amount of maintenance to keep them looking great and functioning properly. If you want to reduce the amount of maintenance and cleaning you need to perform without compromising the health of your pond, it may be time to add fish to the ecosystem. As a leading provider of design and installation services for swim ponds and ecosystem ponds, the team at Fontana Ponds & Water Features knows how beneficial fish can be for ponds of all sizes. That is why we have compiled a list of 3 reasons to add fish to your pond to demonstrate why this task is often well worth the effort.

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3 Benefits of a Healthy Fish Population for Ponds

By adding fish to your pond and maintaining a healthy population, you will enjoy the following benefits:

1. A More Balanced Ecosystem

Fish are a vital part of the ecosystem for natural ponds, so it only makes sense that they would help balance out the ecosystem for your backyard pond. Fish consume excess nutrients produced by aquatic plants while producing nutrients to feed these plants, creating a cycle of consumption and production that keeps your pond water clearer and balanced throughout the year. While fish can help keep your pond balanced, it is crucial to ensure that you do not add too many fish to your pond as this can create more waste than your plants can consume, disrupting the balance.

2. Increased Appeal

Koi carp, common goldfish, golden orfe, and other fish can add a distinct pop of colour to your pond, increasing appeal. As fish swim through your pond, they will further enhance appeal by adding a moving element that complements static elements (plants, stone, etc.), making your pond a beautiful focal point and conversation piece.

3. Reduced Insect Population

While you can reduce the chance of mosquito infestations by keeping your water moving, adding fish to your pond will further deter insects from settling in or near your pond. Fish feed on various insects, keeping them away from your aquatic plants and maintaining the balance of your pond. This allows you to sit near your pond with friends or family in total comfort, maximizing the enjoyment of your water feature.

To learn more about our pond design and installation services or to discuss the details of your project, get in touch with the team at Fontana Ponds & Water Features. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our services.