The Institute of Ecolonomics, an independent organization providing eco-business development assistance, launched a brief online guide on backyard fish pond spring preparation.
More information can be found at http://ecolonomics.org/maintaining-getting-your-fish-pond-ready-for-the-spring.
Ecologically-sustainable agriculture has seen a steady growth over the recent years, as more and more businesses try to blend strategic investment with environmental responsibility. Home-based aquaculture is only one of the many eco-business possibilities, with many homeowners looking to build a fish pond in their own backyards.
The Institute of Ecolonomics has previously published a brief guide on how to build a backyard fish pond. Having one on the property can not only contribute to the familys food supply, but also increase the overall property value and improve the local ecosystem.
To help homeowners prepare their backyard fish ponds for spring, the Institute of Ecolonomics launched a guide containing five tips for effective pond preparation.
The article suggests that homeowners should consider any potential improvements for their ponds during early spring. Potential improvements include a waterfall or fountain, which would raise the oxygen levels in the pond and contribute to the overall esthetic appeal of both the pond and the surrounding area.
Checking the levels of ammonia and nitrates is also essential after a long winter, as fish start metabolizing increasingly quickly. Excessive ammonia and nitrates can be toxic for the fish, so it is important for the long-term sustainability of the pond that the levels of these chemicals are kept under control.
The article also suggests the most effective ways to remove sludge and dead leaves from the bottom of the pond. Homeowners can use a vacuum to remove excessive organic matter, or drain the pond if the sludge is too thick.
The brief guide also contains information on feeding the fish during spring and enriching the flora of the pond.
Interested parties can find more details by visiting the above-mentioned website.