How to Stock a Goldfish Pond
The rule on how to stock a goldfish pond is slightly different. It’s not as important to stock “x” number of goldfish in any given goldfish pond size. A few solid rules to follow include: the strength and quality of the pond filter, the water turnover through the pond filter, the goldfish feeding regimen and few other goldfish pond essentials. That been said, the approximate number of goldfish to stock in a goldfish pond size “x” is no more than 24 inches (60cm) of goldfish body (excluding the tail) per meter of surface area. A good goldfish pond stocking tip is to never stock the pond with the maximum amount; good goldfish care means less is better.
Buy the goldfish stock over time, slowly adding to the pond and giving the pond enough time to create enough beneficial bacteria for biological filtration. It’s also a good idea to test the goldfish pond for ammonia levels during times of stocking; this will allow goldfish pond keepers to know if their biological filter is able to keep up with the goldfish stock numbers. If ammonia levels are high, preform a aquarium water change and add prepackaged beneficial bacteria.