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Spring is an exciting time of year for pond owners. However, before you can truly enjoy your pond, you’ll need to do some spring cleaning.

Ideally, you will want to clean out your pond before the water temperature reaches 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Otherwise, bacteria will begin to grow in your filter and on rocks and gravel.

Move fish to a separate holding tank (put some of the pond water into your fish holding container so you can move fish safely into familiar water without shocking or stressing them).

Drain the water from your pond.

Flush out the pond with fresh water and clean debris out of the pond. Never, ever use soaps or detergents to clean your pond.

Clean skimmers and change the filters. If your filters are looking worse for the wear, now is the time to replace them and save yourself the headache later on.

Refill pond ~ When all your filters are in place and the regular pump connected, remove the clean-out pump and begin filling the pond.

You may want to, add a pond de-toxifier and de-chlorinator to make the new water safe for fish.

Prepare your fish to be reintroduced to their new, clean environment by placing them in smaller containers or buckets with their old pond water. Then, when the pond has a few inches of new water in it, float the buckets in the pond to normalize the temperatures.

Begin periodically splashing fresh water into the buckets to acclimate the fish.

Reintroduce your fish slowly so they acclimate to their newly spring cleaned home.

Van Bourgondien Nursery has pond supplies. If you have any questions about your garden pond spring cleanup we are here to help.
 

 



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