18 Sep 2020

What is a Pond Liner?

Pond liners are a must have for all fish pond owners. They are a plastic liner that ensures that  the water in your pond prevents leaks, and you can maintain a healthy atmosphere. From a technical stand point, a pond liner is an impermeable geomembrane used to retain liquids. Sometimes however you may need to repair your pond liner. This guide will help you, but you can call us 24/7 for pond liner repairs or ongoing outdoor pond maintenance in Oklahoma. Pond liners are used for things like the:

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Common Ways That Pond Liners Tear

Ponds will always lose some water due to uncontrollable factors like evaporation, splashing from water features and waterfalls. But if the water starts disappearing rapidly or at a faster rate than it normally does then you will need to fix the issue or reach out to a team of professionals like Oklahoma Ponds for guidance. When you notice this happening, you have to figure out whether or not you have a leak. Below are some common ways that pond liners tear:

UV Light:

Quality pond liners usually have a warranty against damage from UV light and should at least last up to twenty years. However, there are cases when the pond liner in question is thin and low quality. In these cases the pond liner can be damaged by UV light.

External Sources:

External sources are the main source of damage to the pond liner. These are things like, people walking inside the pond, sharp objects puncturing the liner, or roots growing up through the base of the pond. You can prevent roots from damaging your liner by laying pond underlay on the ground before laying the liner down. People often lay weed mat first, beneath the underlay which is a cheap way to get another protective layer before the liner. Weed mats help to guide roots away from the liner.

How to Repair a Pond Liner

Once you suspect that you might have a tear in your pond liner, follow these steps to find it.

  1. Turn off your pond pump and monitor the water level for roughly 24-48 hours. If the water level continues to drop, then the leak is located in the main basin of the pond and not outside of the pond in a water feature or piping.
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  1. If the tear is located outside the pond, then you should check your plumbing joins and pipes for leaks. You should also check the waterfall and stream. In such a case the leak is usually a result of plant latter or other obstructions that raise the water level above the liner, or stones settling and moving the liner. Check for wet spots outside the pond in these areas.

3. If the leak turns out to be in the main basin, let the pond empty to the point where the level of the pond stays steady. This will help you figure out the approximate level of the leak. In the case where the water level gets low enough to harm the fish and plants, then the fish and plants should be removed and placed in a free standing pond temporarily.

Repairing the Pond Liner

There are numerous methods for repairing a pond liner. The method you choose depends on your budget and time frame.

For a quick and affordable fix, you can use a sealant to fix the hole underwater, a sealant that is safe for fish and plants. For more difficult or larger tears, please contact us for assistance. 

  1. Place the silicon in a caulking gun, and squeeze it into and around the hole in the pond liner.
  2. Smear the silicon over and around the hole.
  3. For a larger hole, cut a small piece of the pond liner from the edge of the pond and place that over the silicon to patch the hole. Ensure both pond liner surfaces are cleaned well first. The pond can be re-filled when you are satisfied with your repair work.

How to Prevent Pond Liners from Tearing

The key to preventing your pond liner from tearing is to make sure you buy the right pond liner and to install it right. Here are a few common mistakes to avoid when buying and installing your liner:

  • Putting too much emphasis on price: Pond lines tend to last for a really long time. As long as you choose one that is tough enough to resist puncturing and damage by exposure to sunlight and that is strong enough to line a pond for many years. It isn’t a bad idea for you to spend a decent amount of money for a product that lasts for minimum 20 years. The best choice for a garden pond would be a 0.75mm thick EPDM (Epalyn) liner.
  • Ordering the wrong size pond liner: Measure the hole for the pond accurately in three directions – the length, breadth and depth. Then go online to put these figures into a pond liner size calculator to get the exact dimensions.
  • Not adding a protective underlay to your order: Your pond liner needs to be protected from above and below. Without protecting your pond, you’ll be exposing it to possible damage. So, you have to line your pond with a geotextile protective underlay before installing it.
  • Failure to secure the edges of the liner: When you install the liner, make sure to adequately overlap the edges to make sure your feature is water tight. Then secure the overlap in place with your choice of edging material.
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Oklahoma Outdoor Pond Liner Repair

We hope that this pond liner repair guide has been informative about everything you need to know about pond liners and how to take care of them. If we can assist in maintaining your Koi pond or if you have any questions about installation, costs, or ongoing cleaning, please feel encouraged to reach out to us. We service the entire state of Oklahoma and would love to see you have your perfect outdoor pond!

11 Sep 2020

Types of Koi Fish Varieties

Types of Koi Fish Varieties

The Japanese Koi are arguably the most popular and widely kept fish on the globe. Koi fish are also known as Nishikigoi or jinli, which translates to ‘brocaded carp.’ They are very colorful fish which is why they can usually be seen in aquariums and the koi ponds we install for our customers.

The Japanese have identified numerous varieties of koi fish. These distinguish the varieties of koi fish based on their coloration, scales, and patterns. Koi fish are commonly found in white, red, black, blue, yellow, and cream colors.

Over 100 types of koi fish have been identified but only about 13 are popular all over the world. The most popular types of koi fish are:

Koi fish types

Kohaku is the first variety of koi fish that developed with two colors. This fish’s majestic beauty makes it the most popular choice for koi pond. The Kohaku koi fish has a white colored body witch beautiful red blotches that give it its gorgeous look and recognizable aesthetic. Also, Kohaku fish usually have a yellow nose.

Kohaku have markings on their bodies that make them stand out. Most Kohaku have a red-colored mark on their head that is very distinguishable from the markings on the rest of their body.

Taisho Sanke is also known as the Taisho Sanshoku or simply Sanke. Sanshoku means three colors. The Taisho has three colors on its body which are white, red, and black. It looks just like the Kohaku koi, except it has black markings.

Showa is also known as Showa Sanshoku or Showa Sanke. As mentioned earlier, sanshoku means three colors. Showa gets its name due to the presence of white, red, and black colors on its body.

Showa is quite similar to Sanke. However, the main difference that sets the two types of koi fish apart is the Karasu (black-colored body) of the Showa. Showa has white and red-colored markings over a mostly black-colored body or base.

The Tancho koi fish is named after the national bird of Japan, the Tancho Crane, which has a prominent red spot on its head. Tancho is simple and sleek and is known for the trademark pigmentation (a red spot) on its head.

Tancho Kohaku is the most unusually beautiful Tancho. It is snow-white in color and has a red-colored spot on its head. This spot is usually round in shape, but it can be found in other symmetrical shapes as well. To fall under the Tancho umbrella, the spot on the head should be symmetrical, regardless of its shape.

Utsuri is not just a single type of koi fish. It is the name of a category, Utsurimono, that includes three types of Utsuri koi fish; Shiro Utsuri, Ki Utsuri, and Hi Utsuri. The koi fish that fall under in the Utsuri category have a black-colored body with red, white, or yellow markings.

How to Take Care of Koi Fish

There is no end to the benefits of having a Koi fish pond at your home. The aesthetically pleasing koi have a calming and anxiety relieving effect on people and few things come as close to paradise as a koi pond.

But like all beautiful things in life, koi fish, it takes a little knowledge to care for koi fish and to keep them healthy and beautiful. The key to taking care of koi fish is the pond. A healthy koi pond means healthy koi fish.

Listed below are the most important keys for caring for koi fish.

Perform constant water checks to avoid common problems

Koi pond owners will likely deal with issues like acid rain, excessive fish waste and nutrient-enriched runoff. You have to perform regular water checks to keep these issues from turning into serious problems for your koi.

Maintain the right temperature

Although it’s uncommon in Oklahoma, when ice does form on the pond’s surface, the koi fish will quietly go to the bottom of the pond. If the forecast expects freezing temperatures for several days then you will want to use a floating de-icer to maintain the hole in the ice for proper gas exchange.

Avoid overfeeding

Over feeding your Koi is one of the most common yet unhealthiest mistakes made by well-intentioned koi owners. Overfeeding can lead to poor water quality which itself can initiate a host of  additional problems down the road.  These problems include high ammonia and nitrites in the water which can translate into fin rot, parasites and other diseases.

How to take care of your koi fish

How Much Do Koi Fish Cost?

Some breeders will pay up to $20,000 for a highly prized adult koi. Younger koi around four inches can sell for $10 or less for for the hobbyist koi owner.

 But pricing varies everywhere. Where you purchase your koi fish, the variety of koi fish, the size of the fish, and the lineage can all affect pricing.

Koi Pond Installation: Get Started

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Installing a koi pond is a great addition for your backyard or commercial property. Adding a waterfall to your koi pond will add a tranquil and relaxing sound of falling water to your garden, making the space a highly relaxing environment that you can escape to and unwind after a stressful day and watch the koi swim. The fantastic news is that koi pond installation on your property is easier and more affordable than you might think!

Whether you want to set up a koi pond installation at your home or a commercial property, Oklahoma Ponds are the premier koi pond installation experts in your area. Our family has been building and installing koi ponds in Oklahoma City for over 30 years and would love to work with you to build yours as well. Call us today or fill out this helpful form to get a free koi pond installation quote for your property!

04 Sep 2020

What are Pondless Waterfalls

What Are Pondless Waterfalls

There’s nothing quite as exquisite as seeing a unique and finely crafted waterfall with your koi pond, maybe even more interesting is when that waterfall is a pondless one. A pondless waterfall is merely a revamped waterfall or stream without the presence of a pond. Pondless waterfalls are operated by pumping water contained in a large reservoir up and through the waterfall spillway and down beautifully placed boulders back into the hidden reservoir. This simple system requires very little maintenance, can be installed in as little as one day, and ideal for homes with infants or domesticated animals that just can’t resist the urge to have fun in the water. At Oklahoma Ponds, we are proud to be the experts at pondless waterfall installation. Call us today for a free quote!

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Pondless Waterfall Ideas

Just like in every industry or business there are a plethora of ideas you have to get a grip of to ensure you create the most beautiful work possible. These are no different and as such, we will show you a few of the best ideas.

Pondless waterfall idas

Simple, fresh and serene. A natural waterfall is an awesome suggestion for the lovers of aquatic aesthetics and its beauty. Bring the outdoors to your home! You can do this by explaining your vision to our team and sit back and watch nature come to you!  

Delicate, well-polished and exquisite. This is a contemporary and elegant decision to make, as this idea featured in Houzz is built with Belgard paving stones. It would make a peaceful backdrop for entertaining your guests. Certainly one which will be the envy of neighbors, friends and business partners aplenty.

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Unique, succinct and experimental. Complete with a fresh relaxing view that you can indulge in right from your patio which will make you look forward to staying at home even longer. This creative idea has gathered stream over the years and has become the go to for the artistically inclined house owners all over the States.

Pondless Waterfall Installation

Now that we have successfully wet your appetites about the endless array of opportunities open to you, it is only right that we enlighten you on what it entails to make one.

Pondless Waterfall Installation

Now that you’ve taken out hours or possibly days from your busy schedule to create the perfect pondless waterfall, it is only natural that you take out time to maintain it such that it’ll have a proper lifespan. You can do this in a variety of ways such as:

  • Cleaning up Algae

Largely harmless in the grand scheme of things but super ugly thanks to the way it gathers up in the most vintage of spots. Algae has the unique yet notorious talent of making facilities look unkempt and unattractive. They form based on having a steady supply of moisture, sunlight and organic material. Hence, the best way to combat it is to cut off the algae’s supply route. This can be done by regularly cleaning and removing the algae from your treasured rocks.

  • Tidying the Debris

Debris isn’t a new thing when talking about aquatic components, as such it’s not such a bad thing. Pondless waterfalls typically contain various sizes of rocks, which form crevices that trap debris, such as leaves and twigs. To aid your waterfall’s beauty ensure you make out time to rid the surroundings of the debris and cut off the supply route as soon as possible. Remember, prevention is better than cure.

  • Curb the Evaporation

The scariest part of having this facility is the possible evaporation of your hard work. While pondless waterfalls use significantly less water than a waterfall installed in a pond, due to the constant recycling of water, this water will eventually evaporate and you will need to refill the reservoir. Ensure that you have proper connections and a fantastic reservoir to regularly tend to your waterfall. I mean, what’s the beauty of such a facility without the water?

Costs of a Pondless Waterfall Installation

As it is with almost every  project worth undertaking, pricing a pondless waterfall isn’t exactly a piece of cake. You have to consider a plethora of factors such as material cost, site access and other unforeseen circumstances too. The combination of all of this might shoot up your budget or take it significantly down. All things considered, we are positive that our pricing at Oklahoma Ponds will pleasantly surprise you. We offer fair pricing and with over 30 years of experience, you can trust in us to build you a beautiful fountain that will last the test of time

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26 Feb 2020

Early Season Pond Cleaning: Why Now is the Time to Schedule

The cold winter months aren’t often associated with a thriving pond. You might think you have months to go until your pond needs your attention. But winter is the best time to schedule your pond’s cleaning and maintenance. The cold temperatures create ideal conditions for winter pond maintenance. Cleaning out your pond now will help your pond prosper come spring and summer.

Does Your Pond Need Annual Maintenance?

Your pond is a delicate ecosystem that requires regular attention to thrive. We recommend an annual cleanout and maintenance every year. Not only does this maintenance clean out any debris that may have fallen into your pond during the harsh winter months, but it also protects the health of both the fish and the plants in your pond.

Springtime maintenance is also crucial to keep beneficial bacteria healthy while protecting against harmful bacteria. Keeping these bacteria at the right levels will leave your pond’s water clear and protect the health of your fish.

Why Winter is a Great Time for Pond Maintenance

While you’ll often hear about “springtime pond maintenance,” the winter months are actually a great time to schedule this service, particularly here in Oklahoma.

There are four fundamentals that keep your pond’s ecosystem healthy: filtration, bacteria, plants and fish, and additives. Each of these must be functioning correctly for your pond to thrive.

Annual maintenance is crucial to keep all four components working together successfully. While you might be tempted to wait until the weather warms up to schedule your pond cleanout, we encourage our customers to contact us well before spring hits. January, February, and March are ideal times to schedule a cleanout for several reasons.

Cold Weather is Safe for Fish

Your pond is more than just a decorative feature of your home or business. It’s also a living ecosystem that needs regular attention to flourish. Your fish, plants, and other features also represent a significant investment. Therefore, we work hard to keep every component of your pond healthy.

During the winter months, fish are much less active. The cold weather makes them sluggish. Because of this, your fish will experience less stress during a winter cleanout. During a cleanout, we remove your fish and place them in a holding tank. This process can cause undue stress during warmer weather, when the fish are more active. That’s why we encourage our customers to schedule cleanouts during winter: it’s less traumatic for your fish.

Winter Pond Maintenance Protects Beneficial Bacteria

Beneficial bacteria are a crucial part of a healthy pond ecosystem. These bacteria help improve water quality and increase the health of both fish and plant life.

During the winter months, these beneficial bacteria are dormant. When we do a winter cleanout, we can clean your pond without disrupting the beneficial bacteria. If we wait for warmer weather, those bacteria begin to colonize, and a cleanout can cause harm.

Get Your Pond Maintenance Scheduled and Out of the Way

Besides protecting the health of both fish and beneficial bacteria, scheduling your annual cleanout now means you’ll have one less thing to worry about when spring arrives.

Our schedule often fills up quickly as the weather heats up. But customers who schedule maintenance in January, February, and even March won’t have to wait for an appointment.

Plus, once the first blooms of spring start to show, your pond will already be clean, healthy, and ready for you to enjoy all season long.
Contact Us Today to Schedule Your Pond Maintenance

Ready to get started? Give us a call at 405-353-6144. Our Pond Pros will be happy to answer your questions and give you an accurate price estimate.

24 Jan 2020

What’s a Tannin, and Why Should You Care

We’ve officially reached the time of year when the leaves have mostly fallen off of the trees. Inevitably, at least a few of those leaves have found their way into your pond or water feature. For most ponds, a few leaves getting past the net or skimmer and making their way to the bottom of the pond is no big deal. Your pond is a thriving ecosystem, after all, so surely it can handle a few leaves, right?

 

Your pond ecosystem can indeed handle some leaves. However, letting too many fall into your pond, or letting leaves from certain tree species (like pecan) collect in the water can leave it with an unsightly brown or yellowish tint in the autumn. The tint is from tannins, which are an organic, carbon-based substance. Tannin buildup can be frustrating if you don’t know what caused it or how to fix it.

 

In low doses, tannins are not dangerous to your fish or your plants. They’re essentially a stain in the water that can, at times, be as dark as a cup of tea! So, what do pond owners need to know about tannins, and how can they get rid of them once they buildup? Read on to learn all about tannins.

 

What You Need to Know About Tannins

 

Imagine that your pond is a cup of tea and that the leaves are the teabag. The longer you let the leaves “steep” in your pond, the more tannins you’ll have staining your water and potentially knocking your ecosystem out of balance.

 


The most common cause of tannin buildup is leaves collecting in the pond in the autumn. However, a pond can develop tannins year-round if it has an excessive buildup of decomposing organic material. All organic materials release tannins into the water as they breakdown, but some release more than others. Pecan leaves and nuts, for example, create more tannins than some other tree species.

 

If your pond begins to develop tannins and you leave it untreated and let it progress, it can lower the pH in your pond. Too many decomposing organics can also overwhelm your pond’s beneficial bacteria, which allows ammonia and nitrite levels to climb. All three of these conditions can be dangerous for your fish and plants.

 

If you leave the tannins in your water during fall and winter, the bacteria in your pond will continue to decompose the organic materials in the warmer months. Bacteria use a lot of oxygen to breakdown organics, but the spring and summer are when dissolved oxygen is in the highest demand for your fish. When your fish have to compete for limited oxygen, it harms their health.

 

The good news about tannins? They’re easy to prevent, and they’re treatable!

 

How to Prevent Tannin Buildup

 

The best way to prevent tannin buildup is to address the problem at its source: leaves! Before autumn progresses and the leaves really start to fall, you should tightly cover your pond with a protective net. If you don’t already have a skimmer, you should invest in one. Skimmers are amazing filtration devices that mechanically remove solids from the surface of the water.

 


After installing a skimmer, or if you already have one, it’s really helpful to make sure that it is clean. If you live in an area with dense foliage near your pond, you may need to cover it with a net AND check your skimmer a few times each week as the leaves fall to keep the tannins in check. If you have questions about skimmers or would like to have one installed in your pond, give us a call.

 

Another quick, easy strategy to prevent tannin buildup is to rake the leaves in your yard to keep them out of your pond.

 

What Should You Do Once You Have Tannin Buildup?

 

Cleaning out tannins takes some effort, but it is possible, and it is worth it for the health of your pond. When we come across a pond that has a tannin problem, our first step is to remove the source: decomposing organic materials.

 What’s a Tannin, and Why Should You Care


Our pond experts begin by cleaning your pond’s skimmer and manually removing as much decomposing organic material as possible from the bottom of the pond. Next, we do a 25% water change twice a week to freshen the water. We also install a protective net to keep the pond from filling back up with leaves.

 

If the first steps aren’t quite enough, we add a water treatment called Clear by Aquascape. Pond owners usually see great results within 48 hours.

 

Another common and effective strategy for treating the water is to use activated carbon. As the water flows over or through the carbon filter, the carbon removes most natural pollutants, leaving clear, tannin-free water behind.  

 

Struggling with Tannin Buildup?

 

If you’re struggling to get the tanning buildup in your pond under control, or you’d like to prevent tannin buildup in the first place, get in touch. Your pond is our art, and we’re passionate about helping you maintain the most beautiful water garden possible. 

22 Nov 2019

Get Your Pond Spring-Ready with Professional Fall Maintenance

As you know, your pond is a full, thriving ecosystem. It includes plants, fish, and bacteria. Yes, your pond is full of good and bad bacteria. The good bacteria keep your pond balanced and help your koi stay healthy. However, there are two types of bacterium, Aeromonas and Pseudomonas, that can be deadly to your koi if the population grows out of control.

As a pond owner, knowledge is your best defense against koi illnesses. Knowing what causes Aeromonas and Pseudomonas to flourish and how to keep the population as small as possible is key to maintaining a healthy home for your koi. In this article, we’ll explain how to manage the bacteria in your pond to keep your koi well.

 

What Are Aeromonas and Pseudomonas?

Aeromonas and Pseudomonas are harmful bacteria that flourish in cool water, usually from 42°F – 62°F. Your koi live side-by-side with Aeromonas and Pseudomonas year-round, and there’s really not a way to completely rid your pond of them. Most koi have some amount of the bacteria on their bodies and can even have them inside their intestines.

When your koi are healthy, their natural slime coat and immune systems protect them from the bacteria. However, in the spring, when your pond water temperature is ideal for Aeromonas and Pseudomonas, your koi’s immune systems are weak. After a dormant winter without eating, your koi are stressed and especially susceptible to parasites and bacteria.

Aeromonas and Pseudomonas cause ulcerative illness in your koi, such as mouth rot, fin rot, dropsy, and more. If left untreated, these ulcerative illnesses will eventually kill your koi.

 

Preventing Bad Bacteria Overgrowth

Heat is one of the best defenses to Aeromonas. However, most ponds rely on the sun for warmth, which is why the bacteria thrive in the cool spring water.

Aeromonas and Pseudomonas bloom in ponds that have a lot of decaying matter and fish waste after a long winter. One of the best things that pond owners can do is control the amount of waste that gets into their ponds. The less organic matter there is decomposing in your pond, the less food there is for Aeromonas and Pseudomonas.

You should also introduce good bacteria into your pond to fight the bad bacteria. Good bacteria blends include enzymes, natural microbes, micronutrients, and probiotics. The good bacteria eat the same thing as bad bacteria — decomposing organic matter and fish waste. Having a healthy dose of good bacteria means that bad bacteria have competition for their food. The result is that the good bacteria end up starving the bad bacteria so that they cannot bloom out of control in your pond.

 

Fall Maintenance with Oklahoma Ponds

Your pond is a magnet for falling leaves and blowing grass, which is exactly the kind of debris that Aeromonas and Pseudomonas love. The key to a successful spring and keeping your koi healthy is preventative fall maintenance. If you plan ahead and keep your pond water from getting too full of organic waste, then your koi will have less to fight against in the spring as they’re coming out of dormancy.

Oklahoma Ponds offers a fall pond service to preserve your ecosystem and protect your koi from Aeromonas and Pseudomonas. Our pond experts will trim aquatic plants to prevent decomposition, clean your pump, and check the filtration system to ensure that it is operating well. We’ll also introduce essential cold-water bacteria to help starve the Aeromonas and Pseudomonas throughout the winter. Finally, we’ll add a protective net to keep debris out of your pond.

By taking just a few steps to shut down your pond for the winter properly, your koi have a much better chance of getting through the tough spring months in good health. Give us a call right away to schedule your fall maintenance appointment.

05 Feb 2019

Essential Springtime Pond Maintenance

Winter is winding down. The days are getting longer; the weather is getting warmer. Now is the time to get your koi pond ready for summer.

Proper garden pond maintenance is essential to the health of your fish, plant life, and your pond’s ecosystem overall. A thorough springtime cleaning is the number one way to keep your pond looking beautiful well into autumn and to prevent serious issues with water quality or fish health.

Warm Weather and Your Pond

Hot Oklahoma summers can wreak havoc on a neglected backyard pond. As the temperature heats up and the water warms, your pond comes back to life! But the heat also causes faster decomposition of sludge, fish waste, and debris on the bottom of your pond and between the rocks and gravel. Without manual removal, these can overwhelm both your biofilter and the awakening beneficial bacteria. With your biofilter and beneficial bacteria overworked, unsafe levels of ammonia and nitrites begin to form, leading to unsafe levels of algae or worse – killing your fish and plants. A thorough springtime cleaning can prevent biofilter overload, keeping your pond healthy all summer long.

Why Koi Ponds Need Spring Cleaning

Backyard water gardens thrive on a balanced ecosystem. Springtime cleanings are a critical component to keep your garden pond thriving.

A healthy pond ecosystem relies on four factors working together in harmony. Here’s how spring maintenance affects each of these factors:

  • An effective filtration system. Everything starts with your pond’s filtration system. The biofilter pulls particles from the water and hosts beneficial bacteria that eliminate and convert toxins in the water.  A professional pond cleaning service will clean all filters and check that your filtration system is working correctly.
  • Beneficial bacteria. Fish waste, decomposing plant life, and other debris in and around a pond cause an increased level of ammonia. Beneficial bacteria work to convert waste into nitrates, an element that is essential for healthy plants and clean water. As a garden pond matures over time, more and more of these beneficial bacteria occur naturally. However, newer ponds need a little help. Springtime pond maintenance should include adding beneficial bacteria to your pond to jump start this conversion process. Ask your pond cleaning technician which product and dosage is best for your pond.
  • Fish and plant life. A pond’s ecosystem relies heavily on plants and fish. Aquatic plants work in conjunction with your pond’s beneficial bacteria to eliminate harmful elements from the water, prevent algae growth, and add oxygen that is vital to the survival of your fish.

    Koi not only look beautiful and add color to a garden pond but also give the beneficial bacteria the “fuel” it needs to work properly.

    As summer approaches, plants begin to grow, and fish become more active. Spring pond maintenance will check the health of your plants and fish, fertilize plant life, and start proper fish care. It’s an annual check-up to make sure all pieces of your pond’s ecosystem are healthy and ready for the hotter months ahead.

  • Pond additives. Newer ponds benefit from chemical additives that help the entire ecosystem function more efficiently. Over the years, as your pond matures, it should become mostly self-sustaining. But a springtime clean-out is an excellent time to assess a pond’s overall health and determine if any additives are necessary.

What’s Included in a Springtime Pond Cleaning Service?

We suggest pond owners schedule service as soon as the weather begins to heat up – usually between now and June here in Oklahoma. If you have larger koi then the sooner the better. Larger koi are at a higher risk for stress and changes in their water chemistry, the colder the water the calmer they are through the cleaning process. (If your pond has koi over 14” and you would like more information on how we specially care for them, please call 405-473-2042 and speak with a Pond Pro).  At Oklahoma Ponds, our springtime pond maintenance includes the following:

  • Carefully remove fish and plants, placing them in holding tanks with oxygenating aerators.
  • Drain all water, vacuum out any debris or waste, and pressure wash all surfaces.
  • Inspect and clean the filtration system to ensure proper functioning, and introduce beneficial bacteria as needed.
  • Inspect any installed lights and clean lenses.
  • Test existing water for harmful elements. Introduce additives as necessary.
  • Inspect hardy water plants for overgrowth and potential issues.
  • Reintroduce and acclimate fish into the freshly-cleaned pond and examine them for any health problems.

Garden ponds should be enjoyable, beautiful additions to your space. A thorough springtime cleaning will help your pond flourish all year long.

Contact the Pond Pros at Oklahoma Ponds today to schedule your cleaning.

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