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Goldfish plants derive their name from the unusual shape of their flowers which, with some imagination, resemble fish. The following article will help you with tips on growing and caring for this plant.

When digging the hole for the garden pond, remember that a garden pond's water level is only as high as the lowest point of the pond perimeter. In other words, the entire perimeter of the garden pond needs to be as near to the same height as possible. This might be a point that seems obvious from afar, but when you are digging the pond it can often escape attention. Since an exact level is not possible, think in terms of deviation and tolerances. For example, if your chosen pond depth is 24 inches, the perimeter's deviation from that height should be as little as possible: just an inch or two.

The depth of the garden pond is an important decision that affects both cost and the eventual appearance of the pond. As the pond gets deeper, the bottom becomes less visible and rock cannot be seen. Fish might tuck themselves away, hidden. Deeper ponds also require the use of additional expensive pond liner. Shallow ponds are better for displaying decorative rocks on the bottom and fish are more prominent. But shallow ponds tend to build up algae faster because the light can reach more of the water with greater intensity.

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WISH you had a water feature? Now’s the time to start digging.

Wish you had a water feature? Now’s the time to start digging

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May is pond time, or at least the time when ponds come into their own. It is also a great time to make a garden pond, since the weather is warming up and plants – and fish – can grow speedily.

There are a few rules of thumb.

For a start, always make a garden pond as large as possible – small ones heat up like a saucepan of water and that encourages the development and growth of blanket weed and algae. Four feet by six feet really is as small as you should go and even that’s a bit on the mean side.

A water feature with a gurgling jet playing over pebbles is a better bet in such circumstances.

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Ideally a pond should be around 18in deep at the centre. Larger ponds can be 3ft deep but a greater depth than that is quite unnecessary. A foot and a half is deep enough to allow submerged aquatic plants such as water lilies to grow well and gives fish somewhere to hide.

Dig the pond to the shape that appeals to you. It should be out in the open – not under a tree where it’ll be a repository for falling leaves that will foul the water as they decompose.

Line the hole with sand and then with a proper pond underlay (rather like a carpet underlay but tougher) and stretch a proprietary butyl pond liner over this. To calculate the size of the liner remember this equation: length of pool + twice the depth + 2ft multiplied by width of pool + twice the depth + 2ft.

Bring potted tropical plants such as birds of paradise indoors to help them survive winter. Even if the foliage dies, it often comes back from the tubers or roots when the weather warms, when you can move the pots back to your pond. Many plants that have roots underwater, such as water lilies, can survive cold winters and don't need to be removed, even if they're in pots underwater. Clean out the pond to remove as many leaves, twigs or other debris as possible. As these decompose in the water, they remove oxygen that the fish need.

Many pond pumps and filter systems aren't designed to work in cold temperatures. If your pond uses a filter or pump, check your system's specifications to find its lowest operating temperature, and turn it off when it gets too cold for the system to operate properly. If you let it run when the weather is too cold, it can freeze and ruin. If you have a system that can run throughout winter, make sure it pulls water up instead of moving water from the surface to the bottom. Deeper areas of the pond tend to stay warmer than the surface, and your goldfish will congregate in the warmest areas. If your pump moves cold water from the surface into the deeper areas, your fish could die.

Now You’re Ready

As you can see, Comet Goldfish care isn’t as easy as it seems. These are large fish that need very specific water conditions in order to thrive.

But if you’re up to the challenge, the reward is definitely worth it. These fish are a joy to own and are capable of building a very strong bond with their owners.

We hope you found this guide helpful, no matter what you decide to do. If you’re still on the fence about getting one of these fish for yourself, feel free to get in touch with us on Facebook with any questions!

Alison Yang

Alison has been interested in fish and aquariums for over five years. When she's not writing about fish you can find her hiking, swimming, and doing yoga.

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