|When do I start?
Should I remove all algae?
What if I don't drain the pond?
Does it matter what plants I have?
What plants are best for our our area?
|Do I need to drain the pond?
How do I control excess algae?
Do I need to remove all debris?
Can my pond be too clean?
Who can I call if I have questions?
Only in extreme cases do you
need to completely drain the pond to clean it.
Remove all the trash and muck by whatever means at your disposal. It is sufficient to hose down the rocks and liner with a spray nozzle, leaving the layer of algae that does not wash off. This algae is healthy for the pond and the fish.
If there is an excess of string
algae or filament moss, it can be controlled with rock salt. The
plants and rocks can be sterilized with either a solution of 2 lbs salt to
5 gal of water or 1 part bleach to 10 parts water. Even plants from
a Watergarden supply can have algae and parasites that you don't want in
Now, refill the pond and replace
the potted plants . Run the pump for several hours to allow the chlorine to
evaporate before putting your fish back in the pond.
. Run the pump for several hours to allow the chlorine to evaporate before putting your fish back in the pond.
Spring Clean Up
For a normal clean up you only need to remove the plants if you can't work around them or they need repotting. Using a dip net with about 1/4 holes dip out leaves and debris until the water gets too cloudy to see what you are doing. Now, take a break until the pond clears up ( like the next day ), and do it again. It usually takes 3 - 4 days to clean out all of the large stuff. The natural bacteria and enzymes in your pond and filter will eat the rest over time. This method is not only less stressful for your fish, but for the pond owner also.
Plants that help clean the water
Plant growing in water form a fine network of roots that are very good at trapping debris for food acting as the best kind of filter media. Plants also absorb dissolved nutrients and fertilizer from the water, which can make your pond too clean to support normal algae growth.
To be a water cleansing plant it must feed from the water either thru root or through submerged leaves. The plants should be floated, anchored in pots of gravel or planted in a gravel bog (with clean bare roots) where water can pass through.
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