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Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Water Gardening -

• The key to creating a nat­u­ral

aquatic ecosys­tem is to in­tro­duce plants and fish. These ele­ments will not only make the pond look more nat­u­ral, but will also help to cre­ate a di­verse ecosys­tem. The plants help clean and oxy­genate the wa­ter and the fish keep the tad­poles and mos­quito lar­vae un­der con­trol.

• When the pool is es­tab­lished

ini­tially, there will be a tem­po­rary al­gal bloom (dark green colour) for about 2-3 months while the plants are set­tling in and the nat­u­ral pro­cesses are es­tab­lish­ing. This will clear up af­ter a short time. When you start to see wrig­glers (mos­quito lar­vae) in the wa­ter, it’s an in­di­ca­tion the wa­ter is ca­pa­ble of sup­port­ing life, and it’s time to add plants and fish!

• You need to have a di­ver­sity

of dif­fer­ent aquatic plants in your pond, in­clud­ing fully sub­merged, float­ing and mar­ginal species. To ac­com­mo­date those plants that pre­fer shal­low wa­ter, raised plat­forms can be cre­ated from stacked con­crete blocks or heavy plant stands.

• Note that pool fenc­ing

laws ap­ply to your pond also – check with your lo­cal au­thor­i­ties as to what’s re­quired.

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