A checklist for bulding a successfull pond

We have checklists for what you need to build a pond and how to maintain a pond once it's built.Here is a list of the basic items you’ll need to create your pond. The specifics about size, type and capacities will be covered in other parts of this website.
  • Pond liner – preformed or flexible
  • A quality pump
  • A quality pond filter
  • A UV clarifier
  • Tubing to connect your filtration system
  • Hose clamps
  • Net for debris and removing fish when needed
  • Edging material – rocks are best, but other hardscaping can be used
  • An easy-to-use water test kit
  • Plants, fish and decor

Checklist for ongoing maintenance

  • Regularly clean your filter mats, pre filters, bio-media, and, if your filters are equipped, back-flush them to keep them operating efficiently. Bacteria and sludge accumulate more quickly in the warm weather.
  • Watch for diminished water flow—this could mean a clogged intake or filter.
  • Remove any accumulated debris from the bottom of the pond.
  • Examine fish for activity to ensure they are not struggling and are visibly healthy.
  • Every spring and fall (or any time you are restarting or shutting down your pond), replace at least 25% of the pond water with tap water. Remember to add a water conditioner, such as TetraPond AquaSafe.
  • If you haven’t changed the UV bulb for the past two seasons, change it. Hot sunny weather means algae, and you want your water UV clarifier to work at peak efficiency.
  • It is not unnatural for your pond to lose an inch after several days of hot weather due to evaporation, especially if you have a fountain and other water features running. If it appears to be dropping much faster, however, check for a leak.

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