Does your pond need a pump? Yes, it needs one. The reason? To keep it clean. Besides having a pump, there are other ways you can do to keep your pond water clean and healthy. A lot of people think constructing a pond is the hardest part but what they don’t realize is that once the pond is constructed, maintaining it is actually the hardest.
Maintaining your pond is essential to aquatic life. It’s non-negotiable. Once you have a pond, part of your job is to keep it clean on a regular basis. When should you start maintaining your pond? Are you going to wait for weeks or months before you start cleaning it up? According to experts, pond maintenance begins the moment you’re done with construction work. If you are serious about having a pond, you need to know what factors can negatively impact your pond water. Neglecting your role of keeping your pond clean will result in an unhealthy and ugly pond that will imminently destroy your aquatic life.
How then can you maintain your pond?
#1: Regular Cleaning
Over time, garden ponds will harbor dirt. The leaves that fall in the pond should be removed immediately because once they start decaying, these leaves will release harmful gases that are detrimental to your fish. One way of keeping your pond water clean is by preparing a skimmer net that will help collect debris and fallen leaves. It’s also easier to remove them with a net than to pick up the leaves one by one. Besides fallen leaves, you also need to get rid of sludge. Some pond owners utilize a pond vacuum to take out mud that have settled at the bottom of the pond. However, you’re not supposed to remove all of the mud. Make sure to leave some for your algae.
#2: Get A Pump For Your Pond
This answers the first question, does a pond really need a pump? What is a pump for anyway? The function of a pond pump is it circulates water in your pond. This circulation is necessary to prevent the water from becoming stagnant. It also adds oxygen into your pond water and this is important for the survival of your fish and plants. Once you’ve established an oxygenated pond you have to continue pumping especially if your pond has fish because once you stop, the oxygen level will drop and this can kill your aquatic life. While it’s true that pond oxygenators exist, the oxygen released by plants is significantly lower compared to the oxygen being produced by the pump.
#3 Check Surrounding Plants
Remember when we talked about falling leaves? If you have trees around your garden pond this can be a problem. The good news is that you can use a trap net and a filter mat over your pond to stop leaves and other debris from getting into your pond water. Most pond owners use bricks and rocks to keep the net in place. Make sure you check the net regularly and remove the leaves when they’ve already accumulated. The last thing you want to happen is to let all the collected leaves fall into your pond water because the net could no longer withstand the weight.
#4 Add Water Plants
If you plan to incorporate plants into your pond we recommend you do it during the early part of summer when the pond water is still warm. Warm pond water is an ideal medium to support plant growth. We recommend you add marshes, floaters, marginals, lilies and of course, oxygenators.
Keeping your pond water clean and healthy entails a lot of work but don’t get discouraged because all the sacrifices you’ve made will all be worth it.