Q.: Will my pond invite mosquitoes?
A.: Mosquitoes normally will lay their eggs in still, stagnant water. Should any mosquitoes happen to hatch larvae in your pond, the fish will have a real treat picking them off the water. Your skimmer will catch the rest.
Q.: My pond has lots of trees nearby. Won’t the leaves damage the pond?
A.: During fall months you will have more leaves in the pond. However, in the summer the trees provide welcome shade that reduces algae bloom. Your skimmer will pull most of the leaves into a waiting net and can be a daily task to empty for just a few weeks in the fall.
Q.: Is it OK to use chemicals in a pond with fish?
A.: Occasional use of algaecide (copper sulfate) or dechlorinator (sodium thiosulfate) and fish antibiotics in proper dosages are commonly used as “quick-fix” solutions to balance related problems. However, the best solution is always to attack the root cause, making sure the pond is naturally balanced and maintained.
Q.: How will a pond affect my home value?
A.: A water garden is quite different than having a swimming pool in determining home value for resale. With the growing demand for well-designed residential water features, most real estate agents agree that home value normally increases by the addition of attractive waterscapes. Swimming pools normally have the opposite home value effect.