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We just purchased a house that had a pond, it hasn’t been taken care of, where do we start? | Pond & Lakes Q&A


We just purchased a house that had a pond, it hasn't been taken care of, where do we start?

We just purchased a house that had a pond, it hasn’t been taken care of, where do we start?
Tony – Romeo, MI

If you’ve ever adopted a stray pet, you already have a general sense of what it’s like to become the keeper of a long-neglected pond. Like the stray, the pond probably looks like it’s been reclaimed by nature: rough around the edges, none too attractive, and probably a bit more of a commitment than you’d ordinarily take on without a lot of advance planning.

But like a scrawny stray, a neglected pond is often a diamond in the rough – waiting for the loving attention of a caring keeper to really show its true colors. And with the right products from The Pond Guy, the transformation from primeval bog to backyard showplace is much easier than you’ve imagined.

The first step in reclaiming your pond is to evaluate the status quo. With a quick inventory, you’ll determine if it’s full of weeds, if there’s any aeration, and if there are any fish who call it home.

For maximum initial impact, proper aeration is critical. If it’s missing, weeds thrive, algae blooms, and both fish and healthy plants struggle for survival. At The Pond Guy, you’ll find exactly what your pond needs with one of our Airmax Aeration Systems. Designed to suit the size and depth characteristics of your pond, the right system will begin the process of making your pond a safe, healthy habitat for the fish and plants that make ponds a pleasure.

Once the aeration is up and running, you’ll need to tackle the weeds and algae with our safe, powerful herbicides and algaecides. Our most powerful weapon in the fight to restore a pond’s health is our ClearPAC and ClearPAC Plus products, which combine the benefits of beautiful, Nature’s Blue dye and Algae Defense algaecide, the muck reducing power of our PondClear natural bacteria and our beneficial EcoBoost phosphate binder, which reduces phosphate levels to make water clear and healthy for fish, wildlife and anyone else wanting to use the pond.

ClearPac Plus also includes MuckAway to eliminate the muck that accumulates at the bottom after long periods without proper pond care. By following the simple steps included with ClearPac, you’ll see marked improvement in no time, with steady improvement over the course of several weeks of treatment.

For ponds that haven’t suffered long-term neglect, our Algae Defense and PondWeed Defense tackle specific problem areas quickly and effectively.

Pond Talk: Have you taken on the task of reviving an old pond?

Pond Logic ClearPAC

4 Responses

  1. I live on a spring fed lake and one of the springs is next to my house. It forms a 2 acre cove that feeds the lake along with many other springs. When i moved here it was covered with lily pads and was deep in muck from the many trees dropping leaves into it.

    Some 15-20 years ago one of my neighbors went into the water using waders and got stuck up above his hips and had to have help from a friend pull him out using a large rope attached to his truck. Since then I bought my property and cleared out 90% of the trees.

    I have treated the lily pads and shore grasses since 1997 and they are under control. I experimented with Muck Away this year in the channel that leads to the lake and saw a little bit of improvement. However, I don’t have my wife’s income due to her death and find your treatment system a little bit more than I can pay.

    I will have the mortgage paid in about a year and then maybe I can talk with my three neighbors to see if they want to help me get an aeration system going. In the meantime I have been able, with your products, to control the lily pads and shore grasses on my shore as well as my neighbors’. One neighbor has bought some of your product at my suggestion and the other has given me money for this year’s task.

    I write this only to let you know what we have confronted. The story you have told in this email attracted me to write this. If you could have seen the cove when I moved here and see it now, you would be totally amazed.

    • We are glad to hear your experience with The Pond Guy and our products have been helpful! We look forward to working with you in the future and wish you all the best!

      -Missy

  2. NO WE HAVE AN ACTIVE POND BUT CAN’T GET IT TO STAY CLEAR.HAVE USED A FEW DIFFERENT CHEMICALS BUT IT IS NOT CLEARING UP. HAVE A WATERFALL AND GOOD FILTER SYSTEM. WE WERE TOLD TO PUT MORE PLANTS IN IT. SO BOUGHT 4 LARGE LILLIES AND ALSO A FEW MORE FLOATING PLANTS. IT IS A 1000 GALLON POND WITH 3 DIFFERENT DEPTHS. YES WE HAVE ABOUT 30 GOLD FISH AND HE WAS FEEDING THEM EVERY DAY.WERE TOLD ONCE A WEEK WOULD BE BETTER. MY HUSBAND DOES THE CARE OF THE POND SO I AM NOT SURE OF ALL THE CHEMICAL NAMES ONE IS MICRO LIFT I THINK.
    DO YOU AGREE WITH MORE PLANTS AND LESS FISH FOOD ????????
    CHARLIE

    • We do agree with more plants. We recommend a cover of about 60-75% cover of plants. This helps not only to provide shade for fish, but to also provide additional filtration for the water as well.

      Proper fish feeding is one of the great balancing acts of pond ownership – and there’s precious little in the way of definitive, measurable guidelines. With a little observation, though, you’ll have it down to a science in no time.

      As a rule, it’s best to feed your fish once a day, and preferably at the same time. An established routine trains them to be on the alert when mealtime rolls around, which in turn makes each feeding more efficient and effective. Try not to feed them any more than they can consume comfortably in five minutes – and be sure to remove any food left over after five minutes is up.

      The five-minute rule serves a couple of important purposes. Unlike land borne creatures, fish have to share their environment with their leftovers. With some fish (and lots of humans), this can lead to overeating, bulging midsections, and compromised health. If excess food goes uneaten, it adversely affects water quality, leads to increased algae growth, and requires significantly more maintenance. Finding the five-minute sweet spot keeps both you and your fish happy.

      But quantity is only the first half of the equation. The quality of the food you choose is every bit as important. Like the food we eat, fish food is comprised of protein, fat and carbohydrates. Protein is of particular importance when choosing the proper fish food, because it leads to rapid growth. Too much protein, however, can cause too much growth too quickly, leading to unhealthy fish. It also leads to increased waste, accelerated algae growth, and – you guessed it – more maintenance.

      Our Pond Logic feed line takes the guesswork out of proper nutritional proportions. With added citrus and natural color intensifiers, the protein-balanced Pond Logic Growth & Color Fish Food is a fish favorite that consistently wins rave reviews from satisfied pond owners. Pond Logic PonStix provides a convenient, well-balanced and low-waste alternative to traditional foods. And Pond Logic Professional delivers an extra protein punch, with the added benefits of immune system-boosting Beta Glucan to enhance the health of both your fish – and their habitat.

      Pond appetit

      -Missy

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