Maintaining Your Water Feature
Whether you have a fountain, pond, or another type of water feature, you will quickly learn the importance of proper maintenance. One of the hardest things to accomplish with a water feature is keeping the water clear throughout the season. To have clean and clear water for your pond, you need to have the right balance of oxygen, water levels, and PH levels if you plan to have fish in your pond. Let’s go over some of the steps you can take to keep your water clean on a regular basis.
A Balanced Fish Population and Plant Life
If you plan to have fish for your pond, it is essential to keep the fish population healthy. The last thing you want is to overpopulate your pond. The fish waste will quickly build up, causing dirty water for your pond. Try to keep the size of your fish below 10 inches per every 100 gallons of water. Along with a balanced fish population, you also need plant life around your pond. However, an overwhelming amount of plant life can diminish oxygen levels for your fish, which will deprive them of the oxygen needed to survive.
Feeding the Fish
Another thing that can contribute to dirty water if you have fish is overfeeding. It is ideal to feed your fish only once per day. If you overfeed your fish, any leftover food will begin to decay within the water, which will pollute the pond. Moreover, choosing quality food for your fish is also essential to keeping your water clean. Flakes are good alternatives because they tend to float at the surface of the water.
Proper Water Aeration is the Key
The most crucial step to having your water clean and clear is proper water aeration. You want to keep the water in the pond circulating continuously. This also helps the oxygen levels in the pond for your fish. When you have aeration in your pond, you will be able to prevent stagnant water, which can lead to mosquitos, algae, bacteria, and other unwanted results.
Choosing the Right Type of Water Aeration
When it comes to investing in an aeration system, you have to choose one that will accommodate your pond’s size and location. The purpose of the aeration component is to keep the water circulating, so you need one that will do this process efficiently throughout the entire pond. If you get an aerator that is too small for your pond, the water will start to get dirty. The types of aeration systems you may find in the market can include:
Investing in the Right Equipment and Maintain it
When you have chosen the best aeration system for your pond, you want to make sure it lasts a lifetime. The key to long life in an aeration system is proper maintenance. Outdoor Water Solutions carries replacement parts for a wide variety of aeration systems, so don’t let maintenance stand between you and clear water!
Using a Filtration System
A filtration system is also essential to keeping clear water all season long. As the filter cleans the water from small particles and debris, you are sure to notice a difference in the water within just a few hours. However, make sure that you also invest in a pond skimmer to clean large pieces of debris. This can include fallen leaves that occur mainly in the autumn months or on windy days. Any large pieces of debris that your filter can’t catch will sink to the bottom of the pond and begin to break down, which will dirty up the water. Remember that all of these steps will help so that you can have clear water all season.
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