Spring Is Upon Us Here in Reading / Berks County, PA!
Does your fish pond in Reading / Berks County, PA need a full spring pond cleaning this season or does it just need to be tidied up a little? There are a couple of things that you can look for to help you decide:
- Is there is a layer of “crud” at the bottom of the pond?
- Is the water dark in color?
- Is there waterlogged leaves and debris on the bottom of the pond?
On the other hand, if there is just a small amount of debris that you can stir up and capture with a net and if the water looks clear, a spring start-up will suffice.
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When is the best time to do a Fish Pond Cleanout in Reading, PA?
What are the Steps to Cleaning a Fish Pond In Berks County, PA?
- Rinse the inside of the pond. You can also use a pressure washer to help remove debris from the rocks and gravel.
- Don’t try to scrub all of the algae away. Some algae on the rocks will prove beneficial in developing your ecosystem. For an average size pond (11' x 16') this should take around 15 minutes.
- Use the gentle stream from a garden hose to rinse the rocks and gravel. Start at the top and work your way down to the bottom. Periodically turn the clean-out pump on to remove the dirty water. You can discontinue the periodic pumping once the water rinsing down to the bottom begins to look clear. Remove the pump and begin filling the pond.
How Do I Clean the Filters?
- Remove any debris from the bottom of the skimmer. This can be done by hand or by using a cleanout pump.
- Remove the media nets and filter pads from the BioFalls Filter. Once the filters have been removed, rinse them free of accumulated debris.
- The filter media and mats can be put back into place and the waterfalls pump can be reattached in the skimmer.
How Do I Re-introduce My Fish into My Pond?
- Here in Berks County, PA, if you’re on city water, it’s imperative that you add Aquascape Pond Detoxifier to the water so it is safe for fish.
- Dip a five-gallon bucket, or similar sized container, in the holding tank and fill it with water.
- After you’ve caught a fish, place it in the bucket and set the buckets in the clean water.
- After about 15 minutes, periodically begin splashing some pond water into the bucket.
- By now, the temperature of the pond and the bucket water should be close to the same. You are ready to spill the fish into their spring-cleaned home.