CLEAR CLEAR WATER FOR THE POND
In 1996 we moved house and inheirited a garden pond with fish in situ.Since then it has dominated my thoughts, my time and to an extent my pocket. Trouble is water attracts all sorts of things you do not want. I have learned to deal with the Heron in search of Breakfast, Lunch and Supper. I have removed the old lining and put in a fibre glass unit with shelves for oxygenating plants.I have dealt with the seasonal fluctuations, learned about filtration and UV filters as well as Barley pouches to stem the surge of Blanket Weed annually etc etc. In short, I have read as much as I can, done what I can do, and have seemingly provided an acceptable environment for the fish and plant communities as they continue to flourish.
So what is my problem? Simple, clear, clear water! Try as I can ,save for darkest winter, my water is never clear, being various degrees of soupiness from day to day. I bought a new filter that promised me clear water in 3 weeks. That was a month ago and though it has improved things, the bottom of my pool is still a mystery as distant as Davy Jones locker. I use chemicals, I scoop out muck, I clean my filter often, but still my pump gets covered in green slime that threatens waterflow if I do not rinse it daily.Frankly, I wonder if it as worth it. I did not ask for a pond, I had it thrust upon me. Can anyone advise me where I am going wrong before I finally fill the blooming thing in. All sensible suggestions welcomed.
Since writing the above I have been put on to a system as on the link below. I have only followed the very basics so far but, hey, I have now clean enough water already not only to see my fish, but also the bottom of the pond. If you have a problem like mine then it may be of help.