Hurricanes & Power Outages There will undoubtedly come a time when your pond rides out a major weather event such as a hurricane or tropical storm. During times like these, it’s not uncommon to experience extended periods of power outages. You may be more concerned with yourself and your house, but you should take a […]
Blogging with Boggins
Ok just a little play on words here! If you have a bog gravel filter or bog garden Bilbo Boggins (aka Kevin) has a few words on winter care. ……Do nothing! Ok there is just a little something something to do as far as winter care goes. It’s mostly thinning out crowded plants and cutting […]
Fish Care during Cooler Weather
Hello Fall! We finally get a break from the oppressive heat of summer yippee! Here are some tips for caring for your fish and pond during the fall/winter: Remove leaf debris. Excessive build up of leaf debris can lead to ammonia issues later on. Only feed your fish when they are active. If they are […]
Koi or Goldfish?
We often get asked should I buy koi or goldfish for my pond. While both are great fish here are a few tips to figuring out which species you should have in your pond. Goldfish varieties: Comets, Sarassa Comets, Fantails, Calico Fantails, Sarrassa Fantails and Shubunkins, Positives: Goldfish are great for water garden environments, since […]
Healthy Treats for Koi and Goldfish
Every summer I eat lots of watermelon and so do my koi. Watermelon is a healthy fun snack for your koi during the summer. I usually eat almost down to the rind then toss the rind into the pond and the koi go crazy. After about 10-15 minutes they have eaten off the rest of […]
How much and how often to feed fish?
We have a general rule of thumb for feeding fish here at Nelson’s and it requires some trial and error. During the spring and summer months we suggest feeding your fish once a day or once every other day what they can eat in 3 to 5 minutes. Remove any remaining food at the end […]
Kevin’s Summer Fish Tips
Summer time for your pond can be stressful to your fish here are some signs to look out for: Gasping: If your fish are gasping at the surface of the water in the morning this is a sign of an oxygen deficiency. This is usually caused by having too many fish and not enough room. Quick […]
Yesterday was Kent’s last day here at Nelson’s. He has left to pursue his dream of living near the beach. Way to go Kent, but everyone staff and customers alike will miss you terribly. Maybe someday we can start a Nelson’s II near you in Florida.
Summer not Winter….
is a critical time for your fish. Here in the South there is virtually no chance your fish will freeze. It is possible for them to suffocate in the summer when oxygen levels are low. Be sure to check your pond early in the morning, if you observe your fish at the surface gasping for […]
Treasure Hunt at Nelson’s
Saturday March 16th from9:00-10:00am we will have a treasure hunt. Hidden throughout Nelson Water Gardens in pots you’ll find green and gold coins. One is worth a $1,000 gift certificate! Think of the new pond you could build so you can buy more fish!