I was never a fan of annual cleanouts in my first 3000 gallon pond as it was perfectly balanced, had a light fish load, just enough trees to provide shade but not enough leaves to cause issues, and a pump that “turned” the water twice an hour. I went three years without even cleaning the BioFalls or ANYTHING and sold the house (had to buy another house with more space for my 6,000 gallon pond!)
Totally different circumstances this time. Three mammoth California Pepper trees shedding 365 days a year, initially under-pumped and filtered, and after two years so much sludge and crud had built up to GUARANTEE a massive algae bloom every year. (This was pre-IonGen – the IonGen completely eliminated the string algae. )
I was finally convinced that a complete pond clean-out each year would make a world of difference, and it has!
Join the Aquascape team as they walk you through the steps of a spring clean-out
Posted on: Thursday, April 19th, 2012 at 9:54 am
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