Long Island summers can come with some unpredictably hot and humid weather, and as unbearable it can be for you — think of how your pond fish must feel. To ensure your fish friends can happily survive the hot summer weather, here are a few tips you’ll want to follow to keep your pond water cool.
Plant Around The Pond
Get out your green thumb and ensure your pond plants and trees are providing the right amount of shade. By keeping a good ratio of sun and shade, your water temperature will stay at a healthy level, and your fish will have a place to cool off and hide from the summer rays.
Keep it Circulating
One perk of having a pond pump is that the circulation can help regulate the water temperature. Make sure your pump is working at it’s best and always check the water level. A healthy water level can help keep the cold water flowing.
Add Features For Shade
Rocks, water walkways, and other water features can not only spruce up the look of your pond — but they can also block the sun from your fish. Providing adequate shade can make for a perfect place for shelter and rest for your fish friends.
Consider The Depth
If you find that the water in your pond won’t cool off — it could be because it’s just not deep enough. Consider adding a deeper section or ask us to observe and help fix the situation. Deeper water gives your fish options to swim down to the colder areas of the water to get away from the heat.
Avoid Sudden Temperature Changes
It’s important to avoid sudden temperature changes in your pond, as it can affect your Koi fishes digestive system. Once the weather heats up, and their pond water warms, their digestive system is ready for additional food supply. Some ponds are equipped with temperature regulators, but those that do not need to be cautious about adding new, cold water in slow increments.
Develop a Fish Feeding Schedule
Koi fish don’t need food during the winter months but come summer it’s time to provide them with additional food. If your Koi fish cannot consume all of their food within 3 minutes of feed time, that means they have enough natural food in the pond to sustain themselves without your help.
However, if you start to notice algae growing on rocks and the sides of your pool, you can slow down your feeding schedule. Give your fish time to work on eating away the fuzzy algae, and once that is removed, they can begin eating your supplemental food again.