The key to keeping a healthy informal pond is keeping the water clean, our pond cleaning service ensures that plants are well maintained to ensure they do not take over. If you have the right balance of plants and oxygen, you will encourage wildlife and your aquatic plants will thrive.
To keep a formal Koi pond healthy more equipment is needed including filtration systems, pumps, and a good maintenance regime is key. As Koi produce 10 times more waste than other pond fish good filtration is paramount and your pond will need a higher level of maintenance.
Common pond problems
There can be several causes of persistent water loss in a pond:
if a pond is leaking turn off all equipment and fill the pond.
If the level stays the same the leak will be outside of the pond waterfalls, filters or piping.
These can then be inspected and repaired once the leak is found
If the pond itself is leaking leave it to drain down to the point of the leak then the location of the leak can be narrowed down and it can be repaired
If your pond has a Butyl, EPDM rubber, or PVC liner, leaks may be caused by punctures
When a preformed fibreglass pond unit isn’t well supported or the ground underneath is not properly compacted, it may crack under the weight of the water
The most common causes of leaking in a concrete pond is through cracks created by frost damage, subsistence or improper construction. we Inspect the surface carefully as cracks can be very fine
it is also possible for the coating on the concrete to wear over time causing concrete to become porous
We always remove all fish and wildlife and keep them in a safe hold until your pond is fully repaired and restored
Keeping a good water quality is very important and all depends on the type of pond you have The following would apply more to a nature pond with wildlife and perhaps goldfish or other pond fish:
Once a balance of plants and animal life is established, the water should remain clear without needing further attention. However, if you notice any changes in the numbers of fish and plants, the water balance may be slightly off and a surge of algal growth may result.
As algae depend on sunlight, carbon dioxide and dissolved mineral salts for survival, reduce the amount of sunlight they receive by growing plants such as waterlilies. Grow sufficient numbers of plants so that their floating leaves cover more than 50 per cent of the water surface.
The addition of oxygenating plants, which are efficient at absorbing minerals and carbon dioxide, helps to 'starve out' the algae. It’s important to remove any rotting organic matter in the pond such as dead leaves and flowers. A form of algae known as blanket weed is often found in ponds, and if left unchecked can choke the plants and restrict the movement of fish.
Maintaining a formal Koi pond is a very different story. To keep a good water quality in a formal Koi pond the following apply:
A good filtration system is necessary including pond filter, pumps, UVs and oxygen pumps
A comprehensive maintenance regime
Regular water quality monitoring to test PH levels and KH levels (water hardness). This will help to keep your pond clean, water quality to a good standard and the healthiest environment possible for you Koi carp
During the winter months the cleaner you can keep your pond the better. Removing dead leaves and foliage is a service we provide to help you maintain a healthy pond.
During the winter months ice may form, trapping methane gas which is released from submerged decaying vegetation and is potentially lethal to fish.
A common misconception during the winter months is to turn your pond equipment off. We do advise to turn larger waterfalls off during harsh winters as they will add an extra chill to the water. However, leaving pumps, filters and UV equipment on will stop your pond freezing over due to the friction of the running water. If we have a particularly harsh winter you may need to cover your pond over as it may begin to freeze
Our regular maintenance package can include any of the services above as well as inspecting and cleaning out filters and pumps. At Paramount Landscaping whatever the type of pond you have, whatever shape and size it is we specialise in keeping your ponds maintained properly with the right amount of care so you can sit back and relax.
We will initially have a conversation with you over the phone, find out what we can about your situation. Most times we then schedule a call out to inspect your pond and waterfall to see if we can track down the problem. we will make a recommendation to you after the inspection and let you know what's up. Maybe it's a quick fix, maybe it'll take a few visits to track down the problem, or maybe, the water feature was not built properly rendering it unfix-able. This would require a rebuild of part or all of your water feature, and we can provide information to you on what that would entail and what you could expect.
Either way, we will be able to inform you of what is the problem, and give you a few of your best options.
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