Pink and white Water Lilies
are the main plants in the pond, along with varied underwater species.
The plants are crucial to the ponds health; they feed on the nutrients
in the water, effectively starving out any algae. They also help
eliminate ammonia and nitrates which are created during the biological
break down of food, dead plants, and fish waste.
took several weeks for our pond to clear once it was up and running.
It's easy to get impatient, but nature will eventually take care of
things. We added several feeder gold fish the first year to see what
kind of luck we would have before spending a lot of money on Koi. They
did so well that by fall we had a bunch of babies to contend with. Koi
were added last spring.
Green frogs have taken residence in our pond
each summer. In the spring the babies are about the size of a matchbook, by fall they are
One summer a very special frog would come out of the water to greet us.
He would follow my wife around the back yard as she watered the plants.
Nothing seems more right
than having a frog sitting on a big lily pad soaking up the sun and
croaking away. We have often wondered if it bothers the neighbors.