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The best pond is one that copies as best as possible the natural conditions found in nature. You will want to make sure you have an equilibrium and it takes work to create a suitable balance. Just filling up a pond and expecting to be able to leave it to itself just won’t work. Fish in the wild don’t live in the same water every day without having some kind of continuing moving water. Fish and water plants (and other organisms in the water) need oxygen to keep them alive. Always remember that the warmer the water the less oxygen it contains. I learned this the hard way when I only relied on the waterfall to aerate my pond and when the temperatures went up over 80 degrees I didn’t realize until it was too late that my fish were under distress and were hanging out at the top surface of the pond, where wildlife (I think a raccoon) could easily grab 2 of them. I then found out how important it is to have an aerator in the pond and purchased one right away (I also had to purchase new goldfish). I didn’t realize at the time that the plants at night are taking in oxygen from the water and competing with the fish. Its important though to have these plants in the pond to filter and help clean the water. So learn from my example and don’t make the same mistake I did, have an aerator in the pond to keep your fish happy.

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