DIY Pond Cleaning

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Ponds with fish

•You must take protective measures to ensure the safety of your fish during transport and storage.

 

•Add some water from the pond into the fish-safe storage container of your choice. Use the water that they are used to being in. Treat the water in the storage container by adding a dechlorinator with aloe vera. A stressed fish can shed their outer slime coat that protects them from parasites and infections. 

 

•Use a fish net to safely move the fish into the storage area during the cleaning process. Make sure you guard the storage container against direct sunlight. Keep in mind that the fish could attempt to jump out so you are best to just cover the container with felt underlayment or other loose fabric.

 

•Store the clean water. The top layers of water in the pond are mostly clean and will be utilized for the heavy cleaning done in the next step. Store the water in a container close to the pond but out of your way.

 

•Drain the dirty water. The bottom layers of water in the pond are where the muck and junk hang out. Start draining this stuff after stowing away the cleaner water. During the drain-out you should stir up all of the muck so it gets carried away with the water.

 

•Rinse and repeat. Use the stored water to loosen up all of the muck behind the rocks in the cracks and crevices. A decent sized pump will really make the difference here. You need the power of the flow to knock that junk free. Keep rinsing and draining until the pond is clean.

 

•Fill it up. Fill the pond back up with fresh water. 

 

•Add more dechlorinator with aloe vera into the newly filled pond to ensure that the new water is completely chlorine-free. Use a reliable thermometer to gauge the temperature in the pond as well as the storage container. The pond water must be NO MORE than 5 degrees Fahrenheit difference than the storage container water. If the fish are moved into water that is too cold/warm then they can suffer from shock and even die.

Ponds without fish

•Store the clean water. The top layers of water in the pond are mostly clean and will be utilized for the heavy cleaning done in the next step. Store the water in a container close to the pond but out of your way.

 

•Drain the dirty water. The bottom layers of water in the pond are where the muck and junk hang out. Start draining this stuff after stowing away the cleaner water. During the drain-out you should stir up all of the muck so it gets carried away with the water.

 

•Rinse and repeat. Use the stored water to loosen up all of the muck behind the rocks in the cracks and crevices. A decent sized pump will really make the difference here. You need the power of the flow to knock that junk free. Keep rinsing and draining until the pond is clean.

 

•Fill it up. Fill the pond back up with fresh water. 


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