Common Pond Problems and How Fix Them
If you take care of a pond then you have probably around encountered some pond problems. If you are thinking of adding a pond to your garden or lawn, then you should be prepared to face common pond problems that plague even the most seasoned landscaper. So what are some problems and how can you fix them so that your pond looks great year round?
One of the most common pond problems is having water that is cloudy and brown. Most people desire their pond water to be at least somewhat clear, if not sparkling. If the water is murky, then more than likely the pump and filter are not working adequately.
It is important to clean the filter on a regular basis. If you have a foam filter, then it should be removed and washed out with detergent and water. A strong, heavy stream should be used when cleaning a cartridge filter.
Some algae in a pond is okay because algae releases a certain amount of oxygen into the water. However, too much is not good. If there is a lot of algae in a pond then it could mean that there are too many nutrients in the water. To remedy this, only use soil that is designed to be used in an aquatic garden. You should also use slow-release aquatic plant food.
There might be too much sunlight getting underwater, too. Adding plants that float, like water lilies, can help shade the bottom of the pond and slow down the algae growth.
A lot of debris, such as dead leaves, is another one of the pond problems that many people find frustrating. Luckily, this is a pretty easy problem to fix. The leaves could be coming from plants that are growing in the pond. Removing the dying leaves, or the ones that are yellowing, can help take care of this. If the leaves are coming from a neighboring tree, then during the time that the leaves are falling, you might have to use a pond or swimming pool net to fish the leaves out.
If your fish appear to be dying, or generally look unhealthy, then more than likely it is due to lack of oxygen. There are oxygenating plants such as eelgrass and duckweed that can add oxygen to your pond. They can also help with your algae problem as well.
You might also have too much chlorine in your pond water, too. Use a test kit in order to ensure that your chlorine level is at a safe level for your fish to survive in and be healthy.
If you have a fountain in your pond and you find that it doesn't work properly, then you might not have the right kind of pump. It's important to use a pump that comes with fountain attachment. There are many submersible fountain pumps to select from. The pump must also have a strainer device which will help keep the nozzle from getting clogged.
If your water level is low, then it is not always a cause for alarm. In the summertime, a lack of precipitation will almost always cause water levels to drop. However, it could also be a sign that your liner or fiberglass form has a leak, too.
During the winter, you might experience a different kind of problem, however. If your pond freezes over then it can cause problems for your fish and your plants. Transport fish that don't do well in the cold to a warmer environment. You can also put a small floating ball in your pond so that at least one area will not freeze over. This can help the gases disperse that are in the water.