Q: I have leaves and muck on the bottom of my water garden. I was looking at your pond vacuums. Why is there such a difference in the price between the two models? Is either of them worth the money? – Vicki of California
A: The question really should be “how do you own a pond without owning a vacuum”? Would you put carpet in your house and not have a vacuum? Well, this may be a little extreme but there is some truth to the statement.
First, let consider why we need to vacuum our ponds:
As time passes by, our ponds accumulate “muck” from leaves, fish waste, uneaten fish food, lily pads, etc. This “muck” is very high in nutrients and a great food source for algae! Although we do suggest a complete cleanout each and every spring, this is sometimes not an option, especially every year. So having the ability to remove waste without removing all the water is a huge advantage. In general, you will only lose about 10-15% of your water after a complete vacuuming, which is just the right amount for a small water change to freshen up the pond.
Which vacuum is right for you?
If you have a smaller pond (less then 300 sq. ft) then a Pond-O-Matic XL will be sufficient: The Pond-O-Matic XL features a automatic fill-and-drain system that senses when the vacuum basin is full and automatically shuts off, drains and then turns back on. You will get a good 30-45 seconds of cleaning time between each drain with the drain time approximately the same. So 45 seconds of cleaning could take you up to 90 seconds.
Larger ponds (over 300 sq. ft.) and ponds that receive an excessive amount of debris would be great candidates for the Pond-O-Vac III. The biggest advantage of this “Cadillac” of pond vacuums is its ability to drain a pump at the same time. This is a real time-saving operation because it does not have to stop and drain before continuing.
Other advantages of the Pond-O-Vac III:
- 5-year warranty compared to the 2-year warranty of the Pond-O-Matic XL.
- Clear vacuum extension for monitoring operation.
- Build in rack for to conveniently store and organize accessories.
- Build-in wheels for greater mobility.
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