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Maintaining a pond is easy with the right equipment. A solids handling pump combined with a UV light and biological filter makes pond keeping easy. Oase Filtration Systems even offer a 'Clear Water, Money Back Guarantee' when used according the manufacturers recommendations.
You should clean your pump and filter when you notice the flow has been reduced and remove sludge from the bottom using pond vacuum products such as the Oase Pondovac or the PondMax PV350 Pond Vacuum.
Removing leaves with a net or skimmer products from Oase will also help reduce the amount of sludge that builds up on the bottom of the pond. It's a good idea to test your water every couple of months to make sure that everything is in balance.
It's also good practice to do partial water changes of about 10% a month to help keep things fresh.
Remember that regular maintenance is better for you and your pond than doing a massive clean every year. The following are a few tips to help you with the ongoing maintenance of your pond: