In order to have a beautiful pond at all times and enjoy your water feature to the fullest you should clean out your pond at least once a year. If the pond has no visibility in the bottom and the water is dark in color, these might be some indications that your yearly clean-out is due!
Muck on the bottom is a breeding ground for parasites and it takes oxygen from the pond.
Most clean-outs are very labor intensive, depending on size and volume of the pond. However, we have outlined our clean-out steps for the Do-it-Yourselfers! We hope that you find it valuable. Share with your friends!
You will need:
- Drain Pump
- Fish container
- Transparent bags
- Mesh net
- Pond products
- Pond Starter Bacteria
- Pressure washer
Drain pond, extend hose to desired area
Fill fish container with pond water. Use a mesh net to filter the water
Disconnect water fall pump and clean out filter. Clean out waterfall filters with discharge water
Catch fish and put in container when there is only 6” left of water, then put in the aerator and cover with net
Pressure wash from top to bottom
Refill water and treat water with detox or vanish, add pond starter bacteria and pond salt (especially if adding city water and there are nitrites)
Re-introduce fish when there is 1 foot or more of water. Float fish in bags for 15-20 to acclimate them
- Finally, turn on UV light and filter and you have a healthy and beautiful pond!
Let us know if you clean-out your pond – Post a picture of your cleaned pond on Instagram, tag @PondScience and we will feature it on our page!
Want to schedule a clean-out with us? Contact Us today!
Laura Parkel, M.S.