Hop in to pond keeping!

A huge welcome back to you Fishkeepers! We have really missed having everyone visiting our stores so it’s certainly nice for us to be back. Although Fishkeeper Leith remains closed for now, all of our other Scottish stores have now reopened for business.

For our first blog post to get back into things, we wanted to talk ponds! As many of you already know, we are now fully into Pond Season 2020 and over the last week or two we have seen so many new pond keepers making their way into stores, which is fantastic! From what we can gather, many of the ponds that have been built recently have been “lockdown projects” for people who have been spending a lot more time out in the garden – what with the amazing weather we had with nowhere to go, we don’t blame anyone. For a lot of people having a project like this as a focus during such strange and difficult times has been somewhat of a stress reliever.

Ponds are a great way to add a surge of life to a previously dull garden environment. As well as this they can be a good focal point for you to enjoy sitting near while you have your morning coffee or while you kick back after a long day.

We know there may be some aspiring pond keepers out there wishing they knew how to start with building a pond – this is where we come in! Whether you’re just looking to build a small nature pond or an extravagant feature pond, we can help. Not only do we have a range of pre-formed ponds, we also stock pond liner (in varying sizes) to allow you to customise your pond to get the look you want and really make it your own.

Ponds are also a good source of support for local wildlife. By providing a habitat for things like frogs, dragonflies, and birds, you are giving them a place to rest and come back to for food, shelter and potentially to mate. The best part about this is that over the weeks after your pond is up and running, you will be able to watch as your garden is transformed into a natural paradise for all who visit – this includes the tiniest of visitors like little bees.

A step up from this would be getting a pond set up which would be ready for fish...

Keeping fish in your pond can seem like a large jump from something like the natural ponds we had referred to, but if you get the right equipment and advice from the start, that large jump becomes more of a little hop.

Unsure what you’re going to need? Our staff in store are more than happy to talk you through any questions you may have. Even after your set up is complete we will continue to support you as best we can by offering water tests in store and addressing any worries you may still have about your pond or your fish – after all, we are here to help.

So, what are you waiting for? There’s so much you can achieve with pond keeping that we couldn’t recommend it more to anyone thinking about it, especially at this time of year. The colours of some of the plants and fish are so beautiful that it’s so worth the effort. If you’re still not quite convinced, why not take a look at some of these videos of relaxing outdoor ponds...

As always stay safe and happy fishkeeping!

Disclaimer - The videos linked in this blog post are to YouTube videos we found of relaxing ponds. The content produced by the creator of each video is completely their own and should be treated as such.