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. Pond clean out must be done at least once every spring on top of having a filtration system and a regular spot-cleans.
If you will have a full pond clean out, you will be able to reset the environment of your pond. If you will attend to the plants of your pond, remove the muck buildup and repair the fixtures, you will help the inhabitants to be happier and healthier.
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. With the help of this article, pond clean out becomes easier.
The first step is for you to prepare your holding tank properly. Holding tanks are actually the ones that your fishes hang out while you are doing your clean out. 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. Filling the tanks doesn’t have to be full with water as long as the level will suffice the comfort of the fishes.
Next is to use a pump sock that is actually your best option in preventing your pond pump from sucking any large debris that will be the cause of blocking and damages. This will also help you in keeping your fish safe from being accidentally sucked up. Even though large fishes don’t go near pond pumps, there will still be instances of accidents thus, a pump sock is a must.
Another tip is for you to catch your fish only when the water from your pond is one-foot level. Once the level of the water is one foot, it will be easier for you to catch the fish since there’s limited space for them to hide and flee. But of course, fish nets must be used gently.
It is also recommended to use a power washer instead of a hose to ensure that the cleaning is sufficient especially the removal of the muck.
Lastly, you need to check on your plants and lighting, too, thus, a totally drained pond is a must. This way, spotting of overgrown plants are easier. 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.