How to Clean and Maintain Your Goldfish Pond
Various motiff are added as a home improvement such as installing a goldfish pond to give a refreshing look to a garden or landscaping. The goldfish pond is favored for its artistic essence. At the same time, goldfish in the pond feed on insect larvae thus preventing its spread in the garden. The water in the pond needs to be maintained and kept clean and when the goldfish breed over time, this causes a destabilization in the pond water. Waste from the goldfish will dirty the water. The do-it-yourself clean-up of the goldfish pond is necessary to maintain a healthy environment for the goldfish. Below are the materials that you need along with the instructions on how to clean and maintain your goldfish pond.
Step 1-Transfer of the Goldfish from Pond to Fish Bowl
Prepare a clean fish bowl or sturdy polythene fish bag and fill with pond water. The goldfish should be transferred to this container from the pond. When using a plastic bag, just fill it with pond water halfway to leave space for air at the upper portion of the bag for the fish.
Step 2-Clean-up of the Water’s Surface
Using a net, clean out the surface of the water from dirt and other debris. If not cleaned, the debris will eventually sink down to the bottom of the pond which over time will cause bacteria to grow in the pond water. This will create an unhealthy condition to the fish pond.
Step 3-Clean-up of the Pond’s Bottom Areas
For those algae and other items that sank to the bottom of the pond, they should all be scooped clean. Any gadget to reach the pond’s bottom to clean up may be used. The use of a pond vaccuum would be helpful to get those hard to reach parts.
Step 4-Clean-up of the Filter and its Parts
The filter of the pond must be turned off and taken out of the pond. The filter parts must be opened and cleaned very well using clean tap water.
Step 5-Draining Pond Water
A portion of the remaining water from the pond must be drained. The water in the pond may be replaced from 20 to 50 percent of the pond’s total water volume at a single time. Although the filter is important maintenance for the pond, it does not take care of the water draining and water replacement.
Step 6-Purifying Pond Water
Using a water purifier or a tap water conditioner, the water that will be added back to the pond must be purified. This will filter out the chlorine from the water which could be toxic to the inhabitants of the pond. The pond filter must be replaced. Submerge the pond filter then turn it back on.
Step 7-Putting Back the Pond’s Inhabitants
The newly cleaned pond water must be allowed to sit for a few hours before putting back in the pond’s inhabitants. This is to make sure that the inhabitants when released get to have the water at a temperature which matches the temperature of the water in the bag which has been housing the fish during the cleaning of the pond. Rapid temperature changes can be harmful or fatal to fish.