How to Properly Keep Your Pond Clean with the Right Equipment
If you have a pond in your garden, it is understandable that it will require caring and maintenance for your inhabitants. Both filtration and regular spot cleans are standard requirements for your pond but don’t forget that it also requires at least once every spring of a pond 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. If you will go through this article, pond clean out is actually a straight-forward process.
To begin with, don’t forget to properly prepare your holding tank. The purpose of your holding tank is to place your fish while you do your cleaning. Don’t forget that the size of your tanks will also depend on how big your fishes are. After that, your tank must be placed in a shaded area near the pond because it will be easier for you to pump water from your pond and into your holding tank. The tank doesn’t have to be filled completely for as long as the fishes are already comfortable with the water level.
Afterwards, you will have to use your pump sock on your pond pump so that any large debris will not be suck up since this will cause damages or even blocking. 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.
If you plan on your catching your fishes, the secret to this is to catch it once the water level goes down to one foot. 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.
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. 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.