How to Maintain your Pond
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.
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.You can do this yourself using the Oase test kits or Quicksticks.
It's also good practice to do partial water changes of about 10% a month to help freshen things up.
The following are a few tips to help you with the ongoing maintenance of your pond and remember regular maintenance is better than doing a massive clean every year:
- Filter materials should be cleaned in buckets of pond water (free from herbicides and pesticides) and the dirty water should be discarded onto the garden.
- Chlorinated tap water should never be used to clean the filter material as the chlorine in the tap water kills the beneficial bacteria in the filter.
- When replacing the filter materials it is better to stagger the change over a few weeks so all the bacteria is not discarded in one hit.
- UVC globes need to be changed generally every year as they will lose their efficiency after this time.
- When changing the water or topping up the pond a de-chlorinator should always be used.