Having a pond can give a serene touch to your already aesthetically pleasing backyard, but it isn’t all just glamour and relaxation when you get into this hobby–you’d get to deal with dirt, mud, and quite a bit of your time and money as well–especially trying to maintain it’s beauty throughout the seasons. No need to worry though, as you go deeper into this article you’d know more about how to take care of your pond and backyard/garden in the most un-costly manner, and efficient too with the help of rainwater tanks.
Before getting into the gritty business though, you’d need to know that there are factors to consider in locating your water tank at home, and putting them near your pond can be quite helpful–rainwater tanks can collate huge amount of water(depending on sizes) efficiently, not just any kind of water but pure fresh water straight from the source, the very thing you need for your pond’s maintenance. You’d even save more on your monthly water bills because of this.
There are many ways in keeping your pond healthy and clean, but there’s nothing better than doing it naturally. Biological filters remove and break down organic wastes that could hoard up your pond by the use of bacteria. The bacteria in the tank takes down harmful ammonia and converting them into nitrites–but the least toxic ones though, because high concentrated nitrites can be harmful to many invertebrates. And they come with different variations like an in-pond filter and an external filter.
In-pond filters are quick and easy to set-up, but they are the most difficult to clean because you’d have to remove the whole thing from the pond–from all the hose down to the pump that’s attached to a fountain.
External filters on the other hand are difficult to set-up because they come in huge sizes, and they are most commonly designed for pools, but the upside to it though is that they are pretty much easy to clean
A pump is a part of any filters out there, because they make sure that the water goes in the filter and gets out of it in a given amount of time, depending on the size of your pond. Usually a duration of two hours should be enough for any ponds out there. Checking it regularly and cleaning it is a must to maintain the filtration in good shape and keeping your pond clean.
Cleaning its filters usually is simple, just by removing it and sprinkle it down with a clean water–the one you stored inside your rainwater tank–and then replacing it is enough, but it’s not often the case, you also need to follow certain instructions straight out from the manufacturer on how to clean them properly.
Well, of course, you just don’t rely on your filters to do the all the grit work, because there are things that even the filters can’t clean–like the withered leaves that fell on it, and the also algae build up. You need to keep a keen eye for your pond inside and out, the water is just one of the key factors of your pond, but it doesn’t mean that you’d forget the one you put the pond into.
Make sure to remove those algae build up because it will most likely make your pond look so dirty even if it’s filtered. You can do that simply with a rake or a long stick, do it on a regular basis.
Floating leaves, twigs, and the like, are also one of the nuances that might get your filtration in trouble, it might get in the way of the process and will let your filters do their work inefficiently. You can remove them with a net. Also do this on a regular basis.
One thing you could use for cleaning is a pond vacuum, it sucks the leaves and algae build up, on the bottom of your pond–of course you need to remove the water when doing this.
Feeding with the right amounts
One of the floating debris that could make your pond filthy are those uneaten fish feed. It is very important to feed your little friends with the right amount of feed, to avoid either starving them or overfeeding them. This is of course only applies to those ponds with fish on them–but in most, having fish in your pond can be therapeutic. Choosing the right feed for your fish is also a factor in making your fish produce less waste.
In order for you to know if you’re feeding your fishes right, check more or less twenty minutes after you’ve fed them–by this, you will now if you’re feeding them correctly if there aren’t floating bits on the water, if there are though, then you need to adjust the amount of feed you put into your pond.
You also need to choose specific feed for specific species of fish you have. If you’re not familiar with the feed then you can just ask your local pet store for the right ones and take note for their advice too, it sure will help a lot.
By the time fall season arrives, better reduce on how much you feed them, and keep doing it til winter because in these time of the year, their metabolism slows down.
Have you heard of the barley straw in pond experiment? Well it’s actually an experiment where they used barley straw to reduce the build up of algae–algae build up is the most common problem when you’re having a pond and sometimes you just can’t clean up all those algae build up manually, you need to have a natural remedy to help you out, and hence some group of students in the Pennsylvania State University came up with this experiment, and it’s been a huge help for those who have been struggling with this problem ever since.
Barley Straw naturally restrains the growth of algae in the pond because when it is exposed to sunlight and accompanied with the presence of oxygen, it excretes a chemical that hinders algae growth, and it is best placed at the early start of the year.
Add aquatic plants
With barley straw present though you can actually grow more plants inside your pond for it prevents the algae build up. It’ll increase the rate of plant growth dramatically without the presence of algae.
Adding plants to it can make your pond more grand and boosts up its aesthetic element, also helps you clean your pond naturally. You can put floating plants and submerged plants, whichever you prefer, both can still prevent algae build up.
Floating plants include lilies and lotus, both can be a beautiful touch on the surface of your pond, not to mention it provides food for fish. Submerged plants provide oxygen to the water that would prevent algae.
A pond can be the most cooling and therapeutic thing in your backyard, but it only gives you the most satisfying and relaxing vibe if you’d take care of it yourself. It is more than just a pond, it’s life within your grasp.
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