Fish are ready for sale & Plants have arrived!
The 2017 season is off to a slow start with abnormally cool temperatures. Thanks to Mother Nature and the fact that we are converting our fish tanks to an aquaponics system, our fish will not be for sale until at least May 27th.
We quarantine our new fish for 4-7 days to allow them sufficient time to de-stress and to ensure that they are healthy before we release them to your pond. Therefore, we may not have all tanks available for sale at all times – please refer to our online availability often.
The water in our fish tanks is warm (22°C), so please be prepared to spend anywhere from 8-12 hours in early spring to acclimate your new fish to your pond water. We recommend cooling the water in the fish bag no faster than one degree per hour, and not releasing your fish, depending on their type and size, into your pond until there is a difference in temperature no greater than 2-4° degrees Celsius between the bag water and your pond water. Know your pond’s temperature before coming to the store to adopt new aquatic pets!
Spring is a key time to ensure your fish are well fed, to boost their immune systems, so that they are able to recover from our long winters. Start the season with Premium Cold Water fish food pellets in water temperatures between 10 – 15 C, then Regular fish food (Premium Colour Enhancing or Staple fish food pellets) can be fed to your finned friends once the water temperature is consistently at or above 15 C. Pond fish don’t produce the necessary enzymes to metabolize food below 10 C, so it is actually quite harmful to feed them below this temperature.
Availability list last updated: Friday, May 26th, 2017
|Tank 1:||Goldfish – Premium Red Comet (4″ – 5″) – $11.98||Ready for Sale!|
|Tank 2:||Goldfish – Shubunkin (4′ – 5′) – $14.98||Ready for Sale!|
|Tank 3:||Goldfish – Sarasa Comet (4′ – 5′) – $17.98||Ready for Sale!|
|Tank 4:||Standard Koi – Standard Quality (4″ – 5″) – $22.98||Ready for Sale!|
|Tank 5:||Empty||Sold Out!|
|Tank 6:||Butterfly Koi – Standard Quality (4′ – 5′) – $32.98||Ready for Sale!|
|Tank 7:||Standard Koi – Standard Quality (8″ – 10″) – $119.98||Still Under Quarantine|
|Tank 8:||Empty||Sold Out!|
To overwinter your fish successfully, your pond should be at least 1000 US gallons and there should be a deeper area at least 2′ deep. We recommend keeping a hole open in the ice with a redundant system of a pond aerator, paired with a floating de-icer, both available for sale now at our retail store or at www.shoppondclinic.com.
Plant Stock Updates
We are now selling aquatic plants for the 2017 pond season. We have a good selection of hardy water lilies, an assortment of hardy marginals, some hornwort and an abundant quantity of floating plants (more hyacinths than lettuce). Remember there’s still a good risk of frost until the end of May, so we would recommend that you take your floating plants indoors every night to avoid frost kill. As the weather warms up, we will be expanding our aquatic plant offering to include tropical aquatic plants.
If you have purchased aquatic plants from us before, please remember to bring back your blue or brown waxed box, to bring home your new plants this year. Let’s all do our part to reduce unnecessary waste.
Remember to bring your tropical plants, including floating oxygenators, inside in a container of water, if there is a risk of frost. If you’re coming from a distance, it’s best to call ahead to make sure we have not sold out of our floating plants!
Plant list last updated: Friday, May 26th, 2017
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