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In addition to a thorough cleaning, this backyard pond needed a new PondMaster UV light installed. UV lights work by radiating the cells inside algae and preventing growth and multiplication.
In addition to cleaning ponds we also do pump replacements, submersible lights, and repairs/renovation. In this video June is installing a new Acuascape AquaSurge 3000 GPH Pump in Columbia, MD. The pump wire is buried underground and inserted into your outdoor-rated GFCI outlet.
When cleaning a koi pond we first check to make sure your water paramaters aren't drastically different. We test for things such as ph, water temperature, and chlorine to ensure fish safety. Based on these results we can determine whether to do a 100% water change or not. In this video, June is cleaning the bottom filters inside the pond. This allows us to drain all the muck out with the remaining pond water. Clean filters will increase water flow which will increase overall filtration.
For ponds with no fish we do a 100% water change to achieve crystal clear water by the end of the job. In this job we had to drain the backyard pond into a storm drain in front of the house. We carry over 1000 feet of hose so that we can reach a storm drain or a forest in your vicinity.
Excessive aquatic plants are a common problem among ponds. Lilies, irises and cattails are known to take over ponds as they multiply very rapidly. Although plants provide filtration and oxygen for the fish, too many can hurt the aesthetics and the ecosystem of the pond. In this video, we had too remove the lilies because they took up too much real estate and clogged up the pond. Overall water volume is very important in keeping your pond clean so removing these plants made room for more water.
We are masters at handling koi and guarantee their health for the entirety of the job. In the following video June safely catches the fish with a large net and relocates them to an aerated holding tank near by. We slowly acclimate the koi during the cleaning to reduce their stress when reintroduced back into the pond.
After we service your pond we will tell you to keep the water at the lowest point on your liner. This will be your pond's maximum water capacity. Over years of experience, we have noticed that larger, deeper ponds are easier to maintain and stay cleaner longer. This is due to the greater overall water volume. Next time you go to the lake you will notice that all of the algae is found near the shore where the water is shallow. At the center of the lake, which is usually the deepest, the water is crystal clear and algae-free. Keep your pond filled to maximum capacity at all times.
You need to get a pool leaf rake! All those leaves that fall into your pond will turn into muck and discolor your water if you let them stay inside the pond. When they are still floating (Now is your only chance!), rake them
out of your pond!
Also, you need to periodically remove debris found at the bottom of your skimmer. Doing this will increase your pump life, increase filtration, and increase water flow. Make sure there is a net inside your skimmer box to catch all the leaves that flow in!
Fish produce lots of waste. Koi fish in particular excrete lots of crap everyday inside your pond. This all adds up and overtime can make your pond look and smell like a sewer. We recommend you install an external canister filter specifically made for overstocked fish ponds. Also, when feeding the fish, remove all uneaten food with your net. We have smelled and tasted what that turns into at the bottom of your pond and it is not pleasant.