How to Properly Keep Your Pond Clean with the Right Equipment
Just like a regular house, having a pond also requires maintenance and proper care to ensure that the inhabitants are healthy and happy. You may have with you a filtration system and regular spot clean to ensure that the pond is having a healthy ecosystem but you need to remember that at least once a year, your pond requires clean out.
By doing a full clean out of your pond, you are already resetting the environment. You must remove the muck buildup, repair the fixtures and attend to the plants on your pond so as to ensure that the inhabitants there will stay healthy and happy.
You may consider pond clean out to be an overwhelming work since you will have to exert more time and effort for it, but it’s actually not. By reading this article, you will know how to do the pond clean out easily.
To begin with, don’t forget to properly prepare your holding tank. The reason for having a holding tank is for your fishes to be transferred there while you do the cleaning. The size may vary depending on how big your fish is. Next, place your holding tank in a shaded area but make sure it is near your pond so that it will not be difficult for you to pump water from the pond to the tank. You don’t have to fill the tank fully as long as your fishes are already comfortable with the level of water inside the tank.
You must also consider using a pump sock that will help your pond pump from preventing the suck up of large debris or even blocking it. This will also prevent from sucking up your fish. Large fishes often avoid going nearer to a pump but if in case there will be curious fishes, a pump sock is your best option.
Next, make sure that catching of fishes be done once the level of your fish pond water is at least one foot. The reason for this is that your fish will have limited area to hide and it is easier for you to catch them. But you need to be gentle when you use your fish net.
Don’t forget to use a power washer if you want to thoroughly remove the muck as compared to using a hose.
Don’t forget that you should also check on the lighting and your plants of your ponds and to do so, ensure that the pond is drained. By doing so, it will not be difficult for you to check for overgrown plants. Also, this will be your opportunity to check on the entire low areas of your pond if there’s any sign of damages and other problems.