It’s officially garden season!
Which gives you the perfect opportunity to get the Garden Pond you’ve always dreamt of up and running for the year! When first introducing a pond to your garden it is important to consider the species that are most suitable for the location, size and temperature of your pond.
In the UK the selection of pond species is huge, with each species taking on a different role in the pond. With surface fish, algae eaters and even mussels to consider, the choice can feel overwhelming. We’ve rounded up the best species to include in your pond below to make sure you’re choosing the right fish for you!
These are the most common pond species in the UK, as they are strong and resilient fish under most weather conditions. Under the right conditions, a goldfish can grow up to 16 inches in length and are known to rapidly reproduce. It’s therefore important to consider the amount of these fish to include in your pond as the population will need to be controlled to prevent overcrowding.
Goldfish require a deeper pond to ensure the temperature is regulated enough to allow for hibernation in the winter months. As surface feeders, Goldfish require high-quality feed to sustain their growth. During the Summer months, more regular feeding will be required due to their higher level of activity.
The Sarasa Comet species thrive in a large pond community and co-habit the space well with other varieties of fish. Considered a hardy and resilient species, these are the perfect option for a garden pond. Much like Goldfish, the Sarasa Comet will remain active over the Summer months and as the temperatures fall in Autumn they will begin their journey into hibernation.
As a species known for thriving in communities of fish, you’ll need to have a larger pond to be able to suit this fish comfortably. During the Summer months, this species will happily feed on quality feed pellets added to the surface of the water, making them a perfect mixer fish.
Shubunkins share many of the same characteristics as the common goldfish, however, instead have long flowing fins and a speckled pattern. This species is extremely hardy and will survive any temperature and varying conditions throughout the year thanks to their hibernation period.
Shubunkins can grow up to 17 inches in the perfect conditions, however, are commonly known as a small pond species, perfect if you have a smaller free-standing pond.
If you’re starting your pond installation from scratch, we have the perfect option for you! Our lined garden barrels are ready to go and easy to introduce to your space, with a rigid plastic liner providing durable protection to your oak barrel. Take a look at the details for our ideal pond starter option below.
- 63cm Diameter x 39cm High
- Painted and treated metal bands
- Each barrel offers a unique feature piece to your garden.
- Perfect for small pond fish.
- Option available with Water Feature.