After a long winter, pond-keepers should prepare their pond for the coming pond season with a spring pond cleaning. This year, why not ease spring cleanup with a pond vacuum, and enjoy better pond water quality and fish health throughout the coming pond season.
Take Steps to Create a Healthier Pond Environment
Spring pond cleanup is ultimately about improving water quality. As soon as pond water temperatures are consistently at or above 60°F, begin cleaning the bottom of your pond. Remove large organic debris such as fallen leaves with a pond net and then remove sludge/muck with a pond vacuum.
Spring Pond Cleanup Tips
Keep pond-vacuuming sessions relatively
short; remove no more than 10% of the
pond water volume per cleaning. Water
that is removed needs to be replaced, and
after a freezing winter, tap water may still
run very cold. Replacing more than 10%
of your pond water with frigid tap water
can unnecessarily stress your pond fish.
Use a tap water conditioner such as our
Chlorine Neutralizer or better
yet, our triple action Instant Ammonia
Remover to combat harmful
chlorine and chloramines in tap water.
Add bacterial additives such as our Live Nitrifying Bacteria, Microbe-Lift Spring/Summer Cleaner, and Microbe-Lift TheraP to
enhance vital biological filtration and
provide beneficial bacteria that compete
against harmful, pathogenic bacteria.
Install a pond aerator placing the diffuser (bubbler) near the
surface to replenish vital oxygen levels
and to optimize biological filtration.