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Your pond will lose water from evaporation. You need to fill up your pond to maximum capacity every few weeks. The maximum water level of your pond is going to be the lowest point along the liner edge. More water results in cleaner water. We do not recommend any chemicals besides dechlorinators.
We recommend you feed your fish once a day only for as much as they can eat for 3-5 minutes. You need to disgard any remaining food left uneaten, otherwise it will start to rot and decay at the bottom of the pond. This will cause a nutrient inbalance and create excess weeds, algae, muck, and fouling of water.
Do not put fertilizers inside the pond. Your plants will receive enough nutrients from
the fish waste and food that anything additional will be detrimental to the ecosystem.
Excess plants disrupt water flow, take up too much space, and make the pond difficult to clean.
We recommend you have all your plants
potted so that they do not spread and are easy to handle while servicing.
If your pond receives a lot of sunlight you should add plants that will provide shade and cover. Potted water lilies and loose hyacinths are the plants we recommend.
If your pump is inside a skimmer you are in luck as it will be easily accessible. Every few days you need to remove debris from the bottom of the skimmer. This will maximize waterflow and filtration. We recommend you have a net in place inside the skimmer to catch debris flowing in.
The most common filter media we encounter are filter pads (mechanical) and Bio-Balls (biological). Filter pads trap small debris from your water with their intricate mesh design. The finer the mesh, the smaller the particles that get filtered out which results in clearer water. They are also the home for beneficial bacteria which break down waste and convert ammonia to nitrates. These should be rinsed every few weeks for maximum filtration. You will not harm the beneficial bacteria living inside the sponge.