How Do I Clean My Fish Pond ?
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Now that you’ve decided to dive into the world of the water gardening lifestyle, you’re probably wondering exactly what you need to do to maintain you’re new aquatic beauty, and keep it looking good.
There is a lot of conflicting information out there about the do’s and don’ts of water garden maintenance so your head may be spinning, wondering which steps are necessary and which ones aren’t. The whole point of installing your pond in the first place was to reduce the stress in your life, not add to it.
Cleaning your pond doesn’t need to be a complicated process, you just need to know the basic steps and and the basic tools and supplies to do it right.
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Are You Thinking, “How Do I Clean My Pond”?
10 Step Spring Clean-Out Process
1. Start Draining the Pond
An inexpensive pump or a sump pump is sufficient. Be sure you use some of the pond water to fill a container with pond water for the fish.
2. Disconnect the Circulation System
This will allow the water in the plumbing to drain out.
3. Catch the Fish
Drain the pond down to the lowest shelf in order to catch fish easily and safely.
4. Remove Debris
Once the pond is drained, remove the large debris like leaves and twigs.
5. Wash the Pond
A 1,500 psi pressure washer or a high-pressure nozzle on a garden hose is recommended for pond cleaning.
6. Rinse the Pond
Rinse the pond from top to bottom with a garden hose without the high-pressure nozzle. This will help wash any remaining pond debris from under the rocks. As the dirty water accumulates on the bottom, continuing to pump it out.
7. Clean the Filters
Spray the filtration media until relatively clean and rinse down the inside of the filter units.
8. Refill the Pond
Pull the clean-out pump out and begin re-filling the pond.
9. De-chlorinate the Water
Most city water contains chlorine and chloramines and should be treated with a de-chlorinator before fish are introduced.
10. Acclimate the Fish
A spring clean-out can be stressful to fish, so proper acclimation is suggested to decrease stress and avoid future health problems. In order to properly acclimate your fish, you’ll want to slowly introduce it to the water by floating them in the pond fish and adding pond water little by little before letting them in.
Now your pond is officially ready for spring!
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Approx Costs Associated With Cleaning a Rock & Gravel Style Pond
( all prices are approx range and vary from contractor to contractor )
8′ x 11′ Ponds And Smaller
Professional drain and clean pricing varies from & $550.00 – $ 750.00 depending on the condition of the pond, and when it was last cleaned.
11′ x 16′ Ponds And Smaller
Professional drain and clean pricing varies from & $750.00 – $ 1,150.00 depending on the condition of the pond, and when it was last cleaned.
16′ x 20′ Ponds And Smaller
Professional drain and clean pricing varies from & $1150.00 – $ 1,450.00 depending on the condition of the pond, and when it was last cleaned.
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