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Maintaining An Outside Pond

Apr 24, 2008
Whether you have a large outdoor pond that houses many varieties of fish, or a pond that is there just as a feature, you still have the problem over how to keep the water clean and clear.

Below are just a few of the common ways people use by achieving this.

Ideally, you will start thinking about water clarity for your pond even before you start designing it. The pond's design is critical, especially as you will need to incorporate liners, pumps and filters. To make sure that all these parts will work in harmony, it is recommended that you call in an expert who has designed pools before. Think about what your priorities are, and lay out what you want to live in the pond itself. Do you want fish, or would you prefer to leave the pond empty?

There are many options, of which an expert can help you out.

When it comes to clear water in your pond, one of the first things that you will need to think about is the regular maintenance. With today's new technologies, we are mostly past the need to flush out the water completely and replace it; this is traumatic to any fish living in the pond and can spell disaster for any delicate plants that are also living there. Instead, many experts recommend that one of the ways to keep ponds clear is to make sure that around about 10 % of the water is removed every month and replaced with fresh water. This, along with a great filter system can do a good job of keeping the water clear.

Vacuuming the pond is another good way to keep the water clear and free from debris. While many people hire outside help to take care of it, you might be interested in purchasing a specially made pool vacuum yourself. You'll find that they are easy to operate and instrumental in keeping your pool clear and looking tidy and groomed. If the pool vacuum is a little pricey, you can do as many others have and use a rental.

If the water becomes unusually cloudy, you can take a look around for a polymer that will cause the sediment in the water to clump together. Whether it is fish waste, dead or decaying plants or uneaten fish food, you'll find that it can be taken care of by the right cleaner. The dirt that clumps together is then mechanically filtered out when its weight bears it to the bottom of the pond. If you decide to use a polymer in this fashion, read the instructions carefully and make sure that it is safe to use for the inhabitants of your pond.

As you can see, there are several ways to keep the water of your pond clear and healthy. More than being one sure-fire method, many experts will instead tell you that it's all about regular maintenance and routine observation, which can head off a lot of small problems before they become big ones!
About the Author
Derek Rogers is a freelance writer who represents a number of UK businesses. For outside pond maintenance, he recommends Seapets, one of the UK's leading suppliers of pond supplies.
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