From time to time, you will need to give your pond a full drain and clean. It’s important to know the signs to when this needs doing.
5 Warning signs
Bad water quality
Bad water quality is something all pond owners worry about. If you’re new to ponds, it can be hard to diagnose your ponds health.
We recommend you keep close eyes on three things:
Ammonia, Nitrites and nitrates.
It’s important to keep your pond perfectly balanced and to bear in mind that your pond will have short-term imbalances from time to time.2
Bad fish health
If you’re having fish fatalities, you may want to consider a full drain and clean. The problem could be your pond’s water quality or poor oxygen levels. Buy a water kit tester or have a Wellies and Waders representative come and diagnose the problem for you.
Sometimes, a full drain and clean can be your only option.3
Green water is caused by single cell algae. Although it’s not harmful to fish and aquatic plants or wildlife, it isn’t exactly the most appealing look for yourself or your guests.
The quickest way to get rid of single cell algae is a full drain and clean. A complete fresh start. However, adding more plants and a filtration system with a UV light can rectify this in the long run if it’s early days.4
A smelly pond
We all know a smelly pond is not pleasant. The smell is due to the amount of waste in your pond. Whether it be fish waste or rotting plantation on the bottom of your pond, all of those gasses are released into the atmosphere leaving a stomach sickening stench!
A full drain and clean will be needed in order to get rid of all debris.5
Cloudy water is pretty pointless, especially in fish ponds. Get a full drain and clean to get rid of this so you can clearly see the life that’s attracted to your pond.
After all, if you can’t see your fish or wildlife in your garden pond, what’s the point?
Thank you for reading our quick guide, we hope this advice page has helped you in some way. If you decide you’d like more help from a professional, Wellies and Waders are available for all your pond servicing needs.
Wellies & Waders
Phone: 07376 528519
Monday-Saturday: 08:00 – 18:00
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