How many fish should I have in my pond?

How many is too Many?

Adding fish to your pond can be one of the most exciting parts of being a pond owner.  Not only are they fun pets they are also are a fantastic addition a ponds ecosystem.  You can however go overboard when it comes to the amount in your pond so it is important to maintain the right amount of fish for the size of your pond.

If you have too many fish can lead to a decrease in oxygen and to too much extra fish waste which builds your ammonia and nitrate levels.  The size of your pond filter can possible dictate the amount of fish you can have to keep your water quality healthy.  A small filter will allow less fish and a larger one will allow a few extras but not too many.  Most pond owners likely carry an average size pond filter which means that the amount of fish you can hold will be based off the surface area of your pond.  Goldfish can keep one these guys for every 4-square feet of surface area.  Koi fish get quite larger which means 1 koi for every 10-square feet of surface area.  It may be safe to keep fewer than the maximum amount of fish to allow water quality to stay clean simpler.

 

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