The Secret to a Low-Maintenance, Healthy Pond

You'd love to have a beautiful pond in your yard but have heard nightmares about all the work it takes to maintain it. With an ecosystem pond, your maintenance is diminished so you can spend more time enjoying it! The key to a naturally-balanced ecosystem pond is to include five critical elements. Take away any one of these components and you're flirting with disaster! You'll still need to perform a bit of maintenance but it won't be a nightmare if you build the pond right. Each photo depicts a key component for a healthy pond. More information is on our website at http://www.aquascapeinc.com/index.php?page=articles&a_id=199.
1. Filtration. A biological filter and a mechanical skimmer work together to filter your pond's water and keep it clean.
2. Circulation. The pump is the heart of your pond and circulates the water repeatedly to help keep it clean.
3. Rocks and Gravel ... provide a home for beneficial bacteria which break down waste and debris in the pond.
4. Fish. The fish in your pond will eat algae, provided you don't over-feed them. Be careful not to over-stock your pond.
5. Plants. Pond plants eat the same nutrients as algae and will help keep the algae population down.

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  • Cheryl Ketcham Cheryl Ketcham on May 12, 2018

    Gstrong ready to set up pond again. I want a better filter system. What do you suggest. My pond it 6foot deep and 8 foot wide.

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  • Sue Ising Sue Ising on Feb 21, 2017
    need ideas! cant get the ''green'' out of the water have 9000 gal and it won't clear! i dont expect perfection.. but would like to see my fish! going to try a diy plant filter have some old bricks thought to build a trough and line it. then fill with gravel and plant water iris and other water loving plants in it. any ideas to help me along?
    • April Wardlow Johnson April Wardlow Johnson on Jun 12, 2017
      our pond has been green with algae this season--our bio-filter with UV clarifier light hasn't seemed to do a thing. (last season it worked fine and our pond was clear) i came across this website and tried what was suggested. we just did it yesterday and already today the pond water is so clear you can see to the bottom, AND all the fish. yay! i read a lot of comments on the website from people who had had great success with the method, and i was skeptical. but, it really does work. https://empressofdirt.net/trickforcleanpondwater/
  • Ksvgs Ksvgs on Jul 06, 2017
    Best answer one large carp. Must be liscensed by state wildlife & fishery dept.
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