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Old 06-03-2012, 09:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Amphitecna View Post
Hello all,

Sorry for the double posting, I just saw that there were two Pond sections on this forum. Since I'm not sure where the best place to post is, I'm taking the risk. I know this is moving to Usenet, and would post there, but I'm nervous about the spamming consequences, since emails are public there.

I am a new user on this forum, and my two young children do not give me time for much research, so if this question has been asked before, please point me to the appropriate thread. I did not find anything with a quick and dirty search.

Ok, about 6 months ago, we moved into a house that has an established pond. It is about 6 ft by 3 feet, but a paisley like shape. I do know that at one end it is about 2.5-3 feet deep (the fish survive the few days of freezing that we have). The other end is shallower, but I couldn't tell you how deep.

The previous owner, who built the pond, rather proudly said he never did anything to it and never planted anything, just let nature take its course. Considering some of the plants are in pots, I know the latter point isn't true. There is no filtration, no fountain or flow, but the liner does leak a bit at the upper levels, so the water drains a bit, and the pond refills with each new rain (or the hose in the summer). The plants around the pond and in it are a bit of a mess, few natives and lots of alien invasives, BUT near as I can tell, no algae problems. And the fish, all goldfish, are happy, and I'm pretty sure breeding.

Today, I was fishing some quince out that my son threw in there in November, and for kicks and giggles tested the depth at the deepest end. There is a LOT of debris down there, fallen tree leaves, dead water lily leaves I'm sure some dead fish, and probably other plant material. The current depth is not what the previous owner said- it's closer to 2 feet. It actually seems to be doing pretty well. But I'm tempted to drain it and clean it out. Should I, or is that inviting problems? I know if I were to do that, and refill with hose water I'll likely have an algae bloom, but is that bad? I have never had a pond, and have no idea really how to care for it. I know what my goals are for it, but I think I'll save that for another thread to avoid confusion.

Can anyone advise me? And hopefully point me into a good direction as far as learning materials ? I'd like to stick with natural and organic methods.

Thanks heaps! And happy Spring!
Hi and welcome to the board.

There are others on here who specialise in ponds and may well be able to offer more advice but personally speaking I think you would to well to give the pond a good clear out. Remove the fish first of course ( I save old milk bottles to keep them in when cleaning my pond) drain the water and remove any debris from the bottom. Then clean the sides of the pond to rid it of any algae that may have accumulated. Any household detergent will do the job. Locate any cracks you may have in the liner and tape them up being careful to select a suitable colour tape so it blends in when the pond is refilled. Next, refill the pond with tap water ( not too hot) and reintroduce the fish and any plants you may have and allow things to settle for a few days. Hopefully, all will be well and you can enjoy your pond.

One thing that does concern me is the lack of movement in your pond. Ideally you need a good pump and filtration device to keep things healthy, especially during the hot summer months. I can appreciate that these systems can be quite costly but heres a method that works well at a fraction of the cost. I hire a small Polish child who gently scoops up water from one end of the pond and pours it back in the other through a pair of old tights. I have painted him grey to look like a garden ornament and he is very effective and seems happy in his work.

Hope this helps