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Pond Care & Maintenance Guide

Find everything you need to take the best care of your pond all year round right here at Pond Planet. Our comprehensive guides will help you with all your pond maintenance basics and help to ensure that your pond can thrive, whatever the season.

From cleaning your pond to troubleshooting leaks, Pond Planet is here to help you get the best out of your garden pond.

Why Should I Maintain My Pond?

Regular pond maintenance is vital in keeping your pond at its healthiest; frequently removing waste and debris, along with maintaining filters in good working order, will all enable your pond’s ecosystem to survive, thrive and excel. 

Maintenance is not just for the pond itself; all of the different devices and gadgets that you attach to your pond will need regular cleaning and maintenance too to ensure everything runs smoothly. Our Pond Nets and Pond Vacs will aid you in this process.

How Often Should I Maintain My Pond?

Different pond maintenance is required during the different seasons of the year. Caring for your pond in the winter requires additional precautions than summer pond maintenance, similar to how other maintenance is needed for autumn pond care than when spring comes around. 

Whatever the time of year, regular pond maintenance is a must to keep it the safest environment for your livestock and plants to live.

Tips for Maintaining Your Pond

Follow our steps in our Cleaning Your Garden Pond blog to find out the best processes for a sparkling, clean pond. 

Safely remove the livestock from the water with a pond net, clean out debris and make sure your pond liner is as good as new. With top tips on how best to refill your pond water and to keep your pond clean, you’ll have it spick and span in no time.

How To Keep Pond Water Clean

Choose Proper Filtration

Your pond’s filter system is an essential part of keeping pond water clean and worthy of inhabiting. Removing waste biologically, chemically and physically, the filter system keeps the water healthy for your livestock to get the best from it. 

Making sure you pick the right pond filter for your particular pond is essential, follow our Pond Filtration Options blog to figure out which is the best choice for you. 

Choose The Right Pump For Your Pond

Just as important as the filter, the pond pump you choose is a critical component in moving water around the pond and pushing it through the filter to be cleaned. 

However, you can’t just choose any pond pump; you need to make sure you choose the right size of pond pump that can handle your pond’s capacity to make sure every drop of water gets pushed through the filter. Take a look at our What Size Pond Pump Do I Need? blog to find out which pond pump is best for you.

Maintain A Healthy Fish Population

Overstocking your pond means excess waste and increased toxins within your pond water. To maintain a healthy pond, you must ensure you have considered how populated the space can be so that each fish can thrive in the available area.

Maintain Pump, Filter, Lines and Fountains

Installing a pump, filter or fountain into your pond system requires regular maintenance too, and things may not always go smoothly. Luckily, we’ve put together our pond pump troubleshooting guide that covers all the basic mishaps that can happen with pond pumps.

Troubleshoot & Repair Any Leaks

If water levels in your pond are dropping noticeably and drastically, then there’s a good chance a leak in your pond liner is causing it. Some pond liner leaks are easily fixed with DIY pond sealants, tapes or glue whilst others may need a full liner replacement.

If you’re not sure, take a look at our How To Repair A Leaking Pond Liner blog and follow our step by step into fixing your pond liner and getting it back to good as new.

Maintain Right Water Level In Your Pond

Stable water levels are critical to keeping a healthy pond. Keeping track of your pond’s water levels will help you notice when water levels have dropped, changed or been affected by external factors. 

Although a small decrease in water levels can be expected during the warmer months, regular water level checks should highlight any discrepancies and show you whether more precautions are needed. These precautionary measures may include, turning off water features in warmer months, ensuring there is water added when needed, adding surface covering plants to reduce evaporation or even checking for leaks.

Make Sure Your Pond Is Well-Aerated

A well-aerated pond means that your fish get the correct level of oxygen that they need to be healthy and happy. As the temperature changes across the year, oxygen levels in the pond water can fluctuate and alter. This might be where you need to step in with ways to add aeration to your pond. 

If you’re not sure how to add aeration to your pond, then take a look at the wealth of information we have here at Pond Planet on adding oxygen to your pond. Take some tips from our blogs: How To Add Oxygen To Your Pond and, specifically for summer, Adding Aeration To Your Pond Can Be a Lifesaver In Summer Months.

What If I have Blanket Weed In My Pond?

Even regularly maintained ponds could suffer from blanket weed. Blanket weed or string algae is a form of algae that can free float on the surface of your pond or attach itself to the walls and base of the pond. Blanket weed is the main sign that there are chemical imbalances within your pond that need fixing.

If your pond is suffering from blanket weed algae, then take a look at our blog, How To Remove Blanket Weed, to find out the best DIY ways to get rid!