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How to clean your pond step 2

 

   How to Clean Your Pond

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HOW TO CLEAN YOUR POND II

Step II - Getting Started and Catching the Fish

Ok, now you have all your stuff ready to go, next we want to go through the steps.

First, you want to position your tubs where you will be putting your fish, near the pond - as close as possible to the edge for easy fish transfer. 


(Position the Tub)

Next, you want to take your water transfer pump (sump pumps work great) and pump some of the cleaner water out of the pond (skimming from the top works well), into your fish holding tanks.

  
(Filling the Tubs)

Make sure that there is as much water as possible in these tubs, as the oxygen levels can deplete quickly with lots of fish in there - especially during the hot summer months.  Once they're full, start pumping the remainder of the pond water out of the pond, ideally from the bottom of the pond where it's the most dirty.  Do this while catching the fish to their holding tubs.

 
(Fish Transfer)

To catch the fish, it's best to use a net and try to come under the fish, leading the net slightly ahead of the fish's head.  Here's another great trick (from years of experience) - when going after the fish, 'jiggle' the net back and forth and you approach the fish - this will confuse him and he won't know which way you're going so most times he'll just 'paralyze' for an easy catch.

 
(Catching Fish)

For tough fish to catch, wait until your water level drops down a bit, they are much easier to catch this way.  It takes some practice, but once you do it a few times, it's not too difficult.


(Moving to Holding Tubs)

Note:  Always use a net made for fish/koi ponds that is soft and won't hurt the fish or remove it's delicate slime coat.  Fishing nets are not good choices, because they are often rough on pond fish.

Whenever possible, place your fish holding tubs in the shade, or out of direct sunlight.  Another alternative, is to cover your holding tubs which is also a good idea to keep the fish from jumping out.  By covering the tubs, they will calm down and be content in the tanks.


(Cover Tubs From Sun)

Once you have caught all the fish and covered their holding tubs, you may also want to consider running an aerator or re-circulating pump in the tubs to keep the water oxygenated.  Especially if you have a smaller holding tub or lots of fish.  I recommend a minimum of 100 gallons ideally, and an aerator - depending on how big the pond is and how long the fish will be out of the pond.

After the fish are in place, and while the remainder of the pond water is still pumping out, is a good time to remove any rocks, plants, underwater lights, etc. on the bottom of the pond to get it out of the way.  I usually just place everything on the edge of the pond, near where I removed it.

 
(Moving Rocks)

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