Testing your pond water periodically is a necessity for ensuring that it remains attractive and the fish and plants within it remain healthy. Poor water quality will cause stress among the fish which will make them prone to disease. Testing pond water is not something that can be done merely with your unaided senses; specific tools and procedures are required.
Why You Need Pond Water Testing Services
Water can be deceptive in appearance. Many people make the mistake of thinking that just because water is clear it is clean and safe. But the truth is that the clearness of your pond water is no indication of whether or not it is safe, especially from the perspective of your fish. It is important to understand that fish are less resistant to environmental pollution than are humans, and can be adversely affected by even small changes to their environment.
It is for this reason that it is so important for your pond to be properly maintained, and the best way to do this is through regular pond water testing. The waste which fish produce should not be allowed to build within the pond, because this leads to the presence of compounds such as nitrates, ammonia and nitrites. Some specific things that should be measured are the ammonia levels in the water, as well as its temperature and hardness.
Knowing when to test your pond water is just as important as knowing how to test. Tests for nitrate, nitrite or ammonia should be done every one or two weeks. Testing should be done more often during times where the pond is undergoing change, such as during the beginning of spring, or when you’re installing a new filter or performing repairs. During these times, we highly recommend testing the water daily. You should perform pH tests whenever you perform cement work, and perform chloramine tests whenever you changed the water. Testing can be discontinued during the winter months as a result of inactivity within the pond.
What We Do for Pond Water Testing
- Check and evaluate pH levels
- Assess and evaluate the filtration system
- Determine ammonia, nitrate and nitrite levels
- Measure the presence of calcium and magnesium
- Use a dechlorinator for tap water
- Monitor the pond water’s salt levels
- … and more!
Why Choose Fitz’s Fish Ponds for Pond Water Testing?
Fitz’s Fish Ponds provides comprehensive water testing services. We will evaluate your pond water carefully and thoroughly to ensure that its meets the proper temperature, salinity, hardness and pH levels which are needed to maintain aquatic and plant life. We pay special attention to phosphates, as they are a necessity for both fish and plants. However, too much phosphate in the water can cause an algae bloom. We can also perform a series of tests which will give you a more accurate reading of your water quality since we measure it over a period of time. Once we know the direction in which your water quality is headed, we can take the necessary actions which can eliminate problems before they become worse. Contact Fitz’s Fish Ponds today and let us do pond water testing for your ponds!