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What NOT To Put In Your Fishpond

Just a bit of friendly advice from Michael, to those of you with a fishpond. 

No matter how dirty, or green your pond gets, don’t try and clean it yourself, unless you’re going to be using professional pond cleaners! 

No matter how dirty or green your pond gets, don’t try and clean it yourself. That is unless you are going to be using official pond cleaners!

Using disinfectant or chlorine in your pond will not work and will harm your fish.

Here’s Why I Know It’s Important Not To Contaminate In Which Fish Live.


Nearly 20 years ago my parents had just moved garden centres. We now needed to spruce it up to increase trade. They had a few fish tanks, so I said to my Dad, “would it be okay if I looked after the aquatics and made something of it?” 

Dad said, “Sure, don’t spend much money and make sure you bring more in”. “Okay,” I said.

The first thing we did was start to spruce up the aquatics section; we got new tanks in, built a decking area and got some new stock in. But, unfortunately, it all still looked a little tatty. 

We had a tonne of paint, so I proceeded to paint all the aquatics blue. (It’s actually the same blue we use in our company logo today.)

I proceeded with plenty of vigour to give the pond section a good painting between serving clients and covering the shop. I’m not too fond of painting, but I hate poorly presented spaces more! So I started, and it took weeks to complete. Finally, one of those days, I painted over the top of the goldfish tanks.

Unfortunately, not taking enough care, just two droplets of paint fell inside one of the tanks, and within the hour, 4/5 little goldfish had died. 

It was mortifying.

But this taught me a valuable lesson. 

Water in a pond is the fish’s environment like air is for us. So if anything goes in that environment, which shouldn’t, it’s poison.

We have to treat the water like we want others to treat our air. Big lessons come from painful experiences.

If in doubt please ask, and we will always try our best to help. 

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