Facts, Information and Videos to help you

Some interesting facts and information that you may find helpful.

All About Water Lilies

Calinda explains the difference between Hardy and Tropical Water lilies, how to look after them, and picks her top favourite varieties.

Our Taste To Plate – Aquaponics

Calinda explains how to grow Rainbow Trout at home ready for the plate.

Aquaponics – Best Species To Grow In Perth

Trevor and Calinda show you which fish species are available in Perth for your Aquaponics system.

Algae and Water Quality

Algae Fact Sheet

Algae, what’s it all about? Algae is not harmful, so don’t panic, it is a natural food source, a fish breeding ground, a shelter and provides a good place for baby fish and tadpoles to start their new lives. In fact fish are generally happier in green water, but visually it is unattractive to us,…

Zeolite for Algae Control

A short video on how to use Zeolite sand to control algae. Purchase Zeolite

Splosht Bacteria – Keeping Your Pond Clean

This Garden Gurus video explains all about Splosht Bacteria and how it works to help keep your pond clean of algae and decaying matter. Purchase Splosht

Woodvale Fish And Lily Farm Introduction

Who we are and what we’re all about, plus Calinda shows you her favourite water plants.

Converting Swimming Pools to Ponds

Click the link below to see our article on converting swimming pools to ponds: CONVERTING SWIMMING POOLS TO PONDS

Wine Barrels As Ponds

We show you how you can turn a wine barrel in to a stunning water feature. Purchase Half Wine Barrel Purchase Wine Barrel Insert

How to Build and Create an Aquaponics System

Here are the basics on how to build an aquaponics system in your backyard.

Filtering your pond with PondMAX

Here we show you how to keep your pond clean, clear and healthy, using PondMAX equipment from Aquatec.

All-in-one Combined Pump, Filter and UV

Find out more about All-in-one underwater, combined Pump, Filter and UV. great for ponds up to 1,500lt with fish, sun and plants. Purchase The All In One

How to maintain a pressure filter

There are many and varied ways you can keep a pond clear and healthy. The Pondmax pressure filter has extra features like a backwash function that allows for easy cleaning and an integrated Ultra violet UV light guaranteeing clear water.

Finding and fixing pond leaks

Some handy tips for locating and fixing those terrible pond leaks.

Waterwise Ponds and Aquaponics

Some tips on keeping water wise with backyard ponds and aquaponics systems

Small Living Water Feature

Check out the link to our Garden Guru Magazine article about creating small living water features, perfect for small areas. gg-article-small-living-water-features

Basic Aquaponics Setup

Here’s a quick video showing you how to set up a small and basic aquaponics system, great for smaller backyards.

Update Your Pond In Autumn

Some handy hints and tips for updating your pond and aquaponics systems in Autumn

To The Rescue: Water Lily Success

If you’re having issues with your water lily this video may help explain what the problem is, and what to do to fix it.

Selecting The Right Water Plant For Your Pond

Calinda shows us a great selection of water plants, and how to plant them in difficult situations.

Zeolite Gravel for Backyard Aquaponics

Zeolite and Spongolite

Zeolite Zeolite is available in a gravel size or in a sand form, it is a naturally occurring volcanic rock that acts as a nutrient exchange, it absorbs minerals and nutrients, including ammonia (fish wastes and the byproduct of decaying matter), it will store these captured nutrients within the cells and will release directly to…

Aquaponics Pod – How It Works

A perfect new way to start a mini-aquaponics system, great for small spaces. Watch Calinda explain how it works. Aquaponics Pod Kit

Dividing and Potting Hardy Water Lilies and Spring Tips for Ponds and Aquaponics

A few little tips for Spring pond maintenance and aquaponics harvesting, and how to divide a hardy water lily. Aquatic Fertiliser Pellets Potting Kits

Aquaponics – Size doesn’t matter!

Here is a great introduction to aquaponics

How To Deal With Sick Fish

If you notice any signs of stress or ill health in your fish, use the following information to guide you. Moving fish from one location to another is one of the most stressful events in the life of a fish. You can minimise this with careful handling, but you can never really eliminate the risk…

Wonders of Water Cress

Some great ways to grow water cress in your backyard

Water Chestnuts

Harvesting Water Chestnuts

Bugs in Your Aquaponics or Garden Pond

Here are some tips on how to deal with pests and bugs in your aquaponics system or garden pond, without using any chemicals.

The Right Pump For You

There are several different types of water pumps available so here is a video to help you decide which is best suited for you and your pond, or come in and visit us to get specific advice for your situation.

Planting Timeline for Vegetables in Aquaponics

Most seedlings are now available all year round, but this often doesn’t mean they will grow successfully when planted out of season. The following list should assist you in planting out at the right time year. A good tip to assist newly planted seedlings is soak the entire punnet in a bucket of seaweed solution…

Introducing New Fish and Plants into a Pond

Should I do anything special when introducing new fish or plants into my pond? Generally most pond fish are hardy and tolerate moving well When you get your fish home, if in a plastic bag, float the bag on top of the pond for 5 minutes, then open the bag and release. If it is…

Is there anything special I should do for my water plants at the start of Spring?

  As with all plants emerging after winter, they will enjoy a trim and a feed. The majority of water plants respond really well to a hard prune, removing any old and unattractive foliage will only encourage more new healthy growth. A light feeding will be well received, especially by the flowering varieties, such as…

How to care for your outdoor pond in Winter

Whether you have a productive pond with edible fish and edible plants or enjoy the beauty of an ornamental pond, winter is a great time for a little maintenance. If you can brave the chilly water here are some tips and hints on what to do right now in preparation for spring. Most of your…

What is the best location for a Pond? 

The decision to put a pond in your backyard is a great decision, adding beauty and tranquility to any area, interest with fish and plants and helpful to the native birds, frogs and insects in your area. You may need to check with your local council for guidelines that govern you area. If you are…

When is the best time to clean my outdoor pond?

To sustain a balanced healthy pond, do as little cleaning as possible. As the weather warms up, pond owners are often itching to get out there empty the pond, scrub the sides and give the filter a really good hard clean, thinking they are doing a very important service, this is often detrimental. Ponds can take…


Aquaponics in your Backyard – Pond to the Plate

You can set up your own backyard aquaponics system that grows fish and plants together in harmony: Your fish produce natural fertiliser and nutrients for your plants. Your plants consume the nutrients and filter and clean the water for your fish. You can grow edible plants in your aquaponics pond –  a wonderful array of edible…

Setting up Aquaponics with Alliance Moulding

Calinda shows just how quick and easy it is to set up a basic aquaponics system using our range of Alliance Moulding tanks and beds.


Koi Fact Sheet

Can I mix goldfish and Koi together? You certainly can, Koi and Goldfish essentially have the same requirements and will live quite happily together. Can I put little fish with big fish? Yes, once the babies have grown to at least 4cm, mixing the sizes of Koi and Goldfish is of no real concern, you…

Edible Fish in your Backyard Pond

Home Aquaculture – Farming Fish for Food in your Backyard

Following is some practical advice if you are planning on venturing into the world of home aquaculture, or farming fish for food in your backyard. In this article we provide you with an overview, what to grow, specific requirements for the different varieties of fish and how to prepare them for the plate. Starting Out…

What Fish to Grow

The most popular varieties for your back yard fish farm would have to be Silver Perch, Trout, Barramundi, Marron and Yabbies. The following information and advice is going to be based on the assumption that you have a 1,000lt tank, that has been set up with a correctly sized pump and filter, be it a…

When should I re-pot my water lily?

Spring is a great time to lift your hardy water lily out of the pond, (leave your tropical water lily alone until December when you will need to fertilise) expose the rhizome and cut back about 10cm from the crown of the plant. Discard the excess woody rhizome and root system. Position the newly cut crown…

What can I do to help and care for my dormant Water Lily?

  During dormancy Water Lilies are best left untouched. If you are not going to re-pot the water lily this season then simply fertilise well with 3-4 Slow release pellets per plant, pushing as deep as you can around the root zone when they emerge. Growth is dependent on the seasons, but generally commences around…


I have noticed small black dots covering to tops of the lily pads, looks like aphides? The majority of water plants are relatively pest and disease free, so it more than likely is aphides, they are easily removed. Depending on the size of the area and the amount of aphides presents, (lets assume a heavy…

Spring Clean your Backyard Pond

Spring Cleaning Your Water Garden

Spring Cleaning Your Water Garden might not be as hard as you think. In spring pond owners are often itching to get out there to empty the pond, scrub the sides and give the filter a really good hard clean, thinking they are doing a very important service. But this is often detrimental. Small Regular…

Frog Pond for under $100

Learn how to build a frog pond for under $100, in just a few simple steps.

Creating water bowl features at home

See just how easy it is to create colourful water bowl features at your place.

Stunning water bowl feature

Learn the easy steps you can take to create successful water bowl features at home.

5 Edible Water Plants for your Backyard

Calinda presents 5 of her favourite edible water plants. Greenfingers Series 5, Episode 3.

Water Lily in a Bowl

If you don’t have a pond, then a large pot or half wine barrel in full sun will be a perfect place to grow a Water Lily. For success the Woodvale Fish and Lily Farm recommends how to set it up. Once you have selected and sealed your pot or container to prevent it from…

Growing Marron and Yabbies at home

Find out more about the growth rate of Marron, and what both Marron and Yabbies require to grow at home.

Fish for your backyard

Extend the benefits and delights of growing your own backyard fruit and vegetables to include growing our own edible fish.

Autumn Pond and Aquaponics Maintenance

Here are some tips on how to maintain your pond or aquaponics system for Autumn, and how to get your plants ready for next season.

Welcome to Woodvale Fish & Lily Farm

Let Calinda and the Woodvale Fish & Lily Farm team guide you as you develop your outdoor pond or aquaponics set-up. Select ornamental and edible fish, water lilies and other plants, and learn how to keep your water quality high.

Floating Baskets For Water Plants – How To Get Started

There isn’t a pond, aquaponic system or natural water feature that couldn’t grow a water plant in a floating basket, find out more. View Floating Water Plant Baskets

Lilies from Woodvale Fish & Lily Farm

The Stunning Tropical Water Lily

When you see a water lily flower emerge from the water surrounded by floating lily pads, you will have to agree it is up there amongst the most interesting and beautiful of flowers in the entire world, add to this bloom a luscious scent and you have the truly spectacular Tropical Water Lily. The Tropical…

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