Too much food, too many fish, no water changes, and poor filtration are the main reasons ponds get a bad reputation. Ugly, smelly, green, or with a ton of algae, these problems are easily solved with a few simple changes.
Getting clean, clear water is easy if you have a few important pieces of equipment, and some simple, routine maintenance tricks in place.
Make sure you have enough filtration for the size pond you have. When I say enough, I really mean, add more…..more is better….basically, you can never get enough filtration.
Keep in mind that pond filters are designed to support the amount of fish life your pond is SUPPOSED to have. You and I both know, your pond, my pond, her pond, his pond, has waaaaay too many fish.
First, when it comes to filtration, you must understand this, if a filter says it is for a 3000 gallon pond, the manufacturer is expecting you to have about 6 koi in that 3000 gallon pond, so that filter is for a 3000 gallon pond with SIX koi. See what I mean?
Put filters on there like to support the quantity of koi you KNOW you will put in your pond, and then CLEAN them.
Don’t wait for the little light to tell you it’s time to clean.
Don’t do it once a month because someone told you.
Don’t wait until the pump slows down because the filter is clogged.
Clean it often. Test your routine by occasionally cleaning the filter between the normal cleaning times that you’ve set up, and see if the water comes out dirty. If it does, step up your routine.
Plus, put a skimmer on your pond. If you have a pump in the bottom of the pond, it pulls every bit of debris that hits your pond’s surface directly to the bottom of the pond. Then all that debris sits there and decays. Does that make sense?
A pump in the bottom of the pond means your pond is designed to collect debris at the bottom.
A pump in a skimmer pulls the debris in to the skimmer into some kind of handy little device that allows you to take it out of the pond, and put it in the mulch pile.
You and I both know that we have too many fish in our pond, and we feed them more than we should. I mean, they’re so cute when they’re begging and sucking on your fingers or toes, you just can’t help it.
So, the first step is when your pond is full, and you know you shouldn’t put any more fish in there, stop putting fish in there. Just say no.
Don’t put yourself in the path of temptation!
Stay away from the fish that are for sale when you buy your koi food. Get your food, and go home.
The next step is to try to feed only what your fish need to thrive, and not what your heart wants to feed them.
The general rule of thumb is, the amount of food that they can consume in just a minute or two, or the equivalent amount of food to the size of their eyeball. I know that just freaked you out. I like feeding my fish too.
These are the toughest things to overcome, but if you succeed, your water quality will show it, in a good way.
The last tip is to do frequent water changes. Not the whole pond, not even half, but the equivalent of 10-20% on a monthly basis divided into small weekly portions will have a startling affect on your water clarity and cleanliness.
If your pond is 1000 gallons, try doing a 50 gallon water change every week.
See, that’s not much, you very likely can do this much simply when cleaning the filters correctly, and in the right time frame.
I’ve seen some grossly under filtered, crazily overcrowded, insanely overfed ponds in amazing shape due to regular water changes. It’s almost shocking.
These simple little changes will create a huge difference in your pond, and you will be back to loving it before you know it.
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