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TOP 5 TIPS FOR MAINTAINING A CLEAN POND

As a pond owner or prospective - the importance of a healthy clean ecosystem is huge. Follow these 5 steps to help maintaining a clean pond.

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1. Maintain fish population

If you have more than 10 of fish for every 100 gallons of water, your pond is likely over-stocked. Excessive fish waste can cause water quality and clarity issues. If you're overstocked, consider finding some of them a new home.

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2. Don't over-feed your fish

When feeding, only feed them whatever they can eat in 5 minutes, once a day no more. Overfeeding ultimately leads to more fish waste and generally uneaten food. Which adds to the overall organic load which is not a good thing.

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3. Add more plants

By summer, you should have around 50% plant coverage. This is not only for shade and oxygen, but plants absorb nitrates from fish waste, expediting that nitrogen cycle.

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4. Clean out debris before it decays

Decaying debris, combined with fish waste and uneaten fish food will not only cause clarity issues but quality issues as well. Clean out your pond and filters, and add beneficial bacteria throughout the season.

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5. Choose proper filtration

Your filter should match the size of your pond and fish load. Most manufacturers rate their filters based on optimal circumstances so I would always recommend up-sizing your filter.

Article Posted: 06/15/2017 09:08:37 AM

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