How to Clean a Pond
Backyard ponds need both occasional tidying up and full cleanouts. Ideally, about 10 percent of the water should be changed once a week. That amounts to a bit less than half every month. The liners should be cleaned of excess muck about once a year.
Changing the water is a routine part of pond maintenance but it is not as simple as siphoning out dirty water and then filling it back up with a hose. Getting the chemistry right is very important. The chlorine in municipal water breaks down beneficial bacteria in garden ponds. It can also harm or kill your aquatic life. We can neutralize it with chemicals or aerate the water to help the chlorine evaporate quickly.
This process is much easier when you have a proper filter system. The size will depend on how large the surface is, how much shade you have and how many fish. We prefer Aquascape filters because they are products with a proven track record. We’ll keep your filters on a regular cleaning schedule for maximum performance.
The health of backyard ponds also depends on the ecology within it. The right water plants absorb oxygen and release oxygen. Our pond maintenance team will keep them vibrant and controlled. Algae is an ever-present problem, as it competes with fish and decorative plants for available oxygen. We control it through pond cleaning and maintaining buffer plants around the rim to stop fertilizer runoff.
Pond maintenance will not be a major chore if it is professionally installed. Just as in nature, they can sustain themselves fairly well on their own. Adding the right type and amount of water plants will absorb the nutrients created by fish waste. And keeping fish like koi keeps insects like mosquitoes in check. Installing fountains or waterfalls provide oxygen to the water naturally.
Let us keep your beautiful backyard water feature clean and the environment in balance with routine pond maintenance in San Diego, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Chula Vista, La Jolla, Coronado and all nearby cities in San Diego County. We are members of the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating, and have been in business since 1998.