Once you’ve built the pond you’ll need to maintain it.
Mechanical Filtration Systems
Mechanical filter boxes are filtration systems that remove debris from the water and protect the pump by housing it, thereby leading to a longer pump life and better performance. These filters include the filter box, a coarse filter pad for collecting large debris, fine filter pad for collecting small debris, and bio-balls which promote positive bacteria.
Ultraviolet (UV) Filters and Clarifiers
Ultraviolet light sterilizes pond water by reducing micro-organisms and bacteria. UV technology is available as a separate system such as the UV Pond Clarifier, but you can also purchase a system that incorporates UV Technology such as the Pressurized Pond Filter with UV Clarifier or the Complete Floating Fountain with UV Cleaning Power.
Pressurized Pond Filters
Our Pressurized Pond Filters are a natural and complete pond filter system that cleans pond water while adding essential bacteria needed for a healthy environment. Pond water is cleaned as it’s forced through two filter sections a coarse filter and a fine filter, removing large and small debris. When the water leaves the filter it passes over the bio balls and picks up positive bacteria that adds to the pond’s natural balance. The good bacterium is a natural stabilizer which balances the nitrates that fish waste generates.
Additionally, you can also clean and fortify your pond water with a variety of water treatments. We also recommend adding Chlorine Remover before adding any fish or plants to water. Chlorine Remover detoxifies heavy metals from water and instantly removes chlorine and chloramines.
Other water treatments such as Water Clarifier and Sludge Remover work together to clear water and maintain a healthy ecosystem. Algaecide is used if algae growth takes hold and needs to be controlled.
Always read the labels before use and only use the recommended amount of any water treatment.
It's important to put oxygen back into the water for a healthy balanced pond environment as oxygen creates a healthy environment for fish and plants.
Some recommended ways to aerate include:
- Aerators add oxygen to the pond using a special pump.
- Spitters are small statues that spit or squirt a stream of water into the pond. They are usually placed on or near the edge of the pond.
- Nozzle kits offer you a variety of water displays which you can adjust to varying heights depending on the power of your pump.
If you plan to turn your pond into a water garden, consider different types of plants that add texture, color, and variety to your waterscape. Plants can also provide shade from the sun, which can help to prevent algae growth. Plus they can provide protection for any fish or koi you might add.
You can add fish to both natural and formal ponds. Although fancy goldfish do fine in shallow ponds, koi usually need about 3 feet of water. Pond Blue adds a beautiful blue shade to the water that protects fish from predators and UV damage. If you plan on leaving your fish outside during freezing weather, use a pond de-icer or aerator to keep an area of the surface free of ice.
In order to maintain a healthy environment for you fish, use the following rule of thumb: for every 265 gallons of pond water, do not exceed a total of 2 feet of fish length. An example is a 265 gallon pond with three fish, each six inches in length. Another example is a 265 gallon pond with 20 fish, each one inch in length. Both situations are well within the limit of the suggested fish load.