I take great pride in keeping our pond clean throughout the seasons, and this effort resulted in not having to do a spring clean-out each year. But after three seasons with our new pond, it was time for a complete cleaning. This photo shows what a mess the pond had become just before I pumped out all the water.
When the water level reached about six inches, I carefully netted the fish and placed them in a “kiddie” pool filled with the pond water. They were very stressed and wanted to jump out, so I covered the pool with a large piece of cardboard.
The pond was cleaned with hose and nozzle – very high pressure from our irrigation pump – filter media was cleaned, beneficial bacteria added, UV bulb replaced, and the pond now is returned to a very pleasant condition. Total time for the project was about four hours…a very small price to pay for all the enjoyment we receive throughout the year.
Fish watching is a full-time occupation here. Their graceful and peaceful travels about the pond remind us of inner calm, especially when coupled with gentle sounds of water cascading over the falls and down the stream. Paradise in the landscape.