When spring finally arrives with longer and sunnier days we begin to spend more time outside and hanging out near our ponds. This is the best time to do your annual spring cleaning as well and we have some easy tips to help you get going and keep your pond clean into fall.

As water warms up so does certain bacteria and ponds begin to grow algae and ammonia tends to creep up as more fish food and fish waste enters the water. To combat these issues and keep your pond a healthy and vibrant ecosystem, it’s important to establish a routine maintenance schedule as the weather warms up.

Here are some tips to help you maintain a clean and balanced pond.

Regular Water Testing

Invest in a water testing kit to monitor the pH levels, ammonia levels, and overall water quality of your pond. This will help you identify any imbalances early on.

Proper Feeding

Be mindful of how much food you are giving your fish and ensure that they are eating everything you provide. Overfeeding can lead to excess waste in the water, which can cause algae blooms.

Add Aquatic Plants

Introduce aquatic plants to your pond as they can help absorb excess nutrients, provide oxygen, and offer shade for your fish. They also add a beautiful touch to your pond’s aesthetic.

Use Beneficial Bacteria

Consider adding beneficial bacteria to your pond, which can help break down organic matter, reduce ammonia levels, and keep the water clear.

Clean Debris

Remove any leaves, twigs, or other debris that may have fallen into the pond. These can decompose and contribute to poor water quality.

Check Equipment

Inspect and maintain your pond equipment such as filters, pumps, and aerators to ensure they are working efficiently.

By following these simple tips and staying on top of your pond maintenance, you can enjoy a clean and thriving pond all the way into fall.

To help keep your water in tip top shape here are the top water conditioners from Laguna which we not only recommend, but we use here at Mother Nature in our own ponds!

Laguna Water Prep

Laguna Water Prep is specifically formulated to provide several benefits to the entire pond environment. It makes tap or well water safe for fish and plants by instantly eliminating chlorine and chloramine and neutralizing harmful metals, plus it coats and protects fish fins and scales.

Laguna Bio Booster

Bio Booster quickly goes to work as soon as you put it in the water and provides long-lasting results. A biological water treatment, Bio Booster contains millions of beneficial bacteria that boost the natural biological efficiency of ponds as well as reduce and control toxic ammonia and nitrite. Bio Booster also matures filters and filter media, which is critical for the growth of beneficial bacteria. Safe for fish and plants, Bio Booster creates optimum water conditions for the entire pond environment.

Laguna Clear Fast

Clear Fast contains a special fast-acting formula that quickly clears cloudy or discolored pond water and eliminates pea-soup-like water conditions. It also helps clump debris, making it easier for removal by mechanical filtration. Clear Fast is safe for fish and plants.

Laguna Bio-Sludge Control

Bio Sludge Control is specifically formulated to break down organic solids and pond sludge. The water treatment activates immediately when added to the pond water. A completely organic sludge remover, Bio Sludge Control is safe for fish and plants and will help improve overall pond water conditions.

Laguna Plant Gro

Plant Grow is specifically formulated to provide many benefits to pond plants. Plant Grow contains chelated micro-nutrients which promote plant growth and help keep plants strong and vigorous. It is ideal for all pond plants, including floating varieties. Plant Grow does not contain phosphate or nitrate and is safe for fish. While Plant Gro is not a water conditioner for cleaning and maintaining ponds, it will help to keep your plants in optimal health which is a huge benefit to your pond! Healthy plants means a healthy pond.

Spring cleaning a pond is a significant task, but with the tips provided above, we hope to make it easier. Most importantly, a cleaner pond will keep your fish happy for longer. This will give you more time to relax and enjoy this summer!

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