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Omar
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Pond cleaning question?
« on: January 06, 2008, 11:03:02 PM »

I have a one year old rubber-lined pond with NO drain. How do you recommend cleaning it? I have a siphon-hose vacuuming tube for my indoor aquarium, but I have no idea how to clean out a pond. I tried using the siphon hose in the pond, but it did not allow enough suction to lift out the sludge and debris because it's underground (gravity). I see a lot of rotting leaves and sludge at the bottom of the pond that needs to be removed, and my pond net is not helping (the debris just flows right through it!). Is there a "pond vacuum" or other cleaning system I can use to clean out my pond? Please recommend something out there I can buy to clean out my pond! Thanks!
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W3
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Re: Pond cleaning question?
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2008, 01:03:50 PM »

A powerhead (like for an aquarium) or a pond pump with enough tubing to run the water to the outside of your pond (and a long outdoor power cord!) is good for major water removal.

If you're just looking to do spot cleaning, I learned about a product at a pond seminar at a local fish shop a few years ago: (Link is not visible to guests. Please register to view.) It's expensive at $55, but doesn't require electricity and if you know someone handy, it's simple to make something like this yourself.

The basic structure is a short, narrow piece of pipe (PVC), an adapter to a wider pipe, and an adapter to another thin piece. It works by capping the top piece with your hand and inserting the bottom into the pond near some debris. Keeping your hand against the top keeps water from entering. When you have the bottom tip positioned, remove your hand, causing water (and the debris) to be sucked up into the wider chamber by the water inside the "vaccuum" trying to equalize with the water level outside. Once the debris is sucked up, cap the top with your hand again, pull the vaccuum out of the water and release the water into a bucket (or wherever). Repeat as necessary! You'll have to figure out what lengths of pipe to use based on the depth and diameter of your pond.
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Keith9
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Re: Pond cleaning question?
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2008, 03:05:06 PM »

Dont try to keep it too clean, you actually need to build a little eco-system and there are mini organisms that your pond benefits from,,, as in stagnant ponds, the key word is stagnant,,,, fresh streams are fresh because the water moves and a certain amount of water is refreshed and replaced..... keep your filter/ pump running at peak and "flush" the pond out (about 20 %) every 7-10 days with the hose,,,,, if you're on city water,,, use aquarium/pond drops to neutralize the chlorine and fluorides
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Kim
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Re: Pond cleaning question?
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2009, 08:34:54 AM »

I clean with a wet dry vac to get any big leaves ect out. works wonders
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John
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Re: Pond cleaning question?
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2009, 01:34:29 AM »

If u need to get rid of the dead leaves n sludge, go to the pet shop in Ikano and check out the vacumm cleaner called 'PondoMatic ... its costly though... about RM1380.00 ...but it get the job done..
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Fleabie
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Re: Pond cleaning question?
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2010, 09:28:26 AM »

I agree with Keith9, about needing some 'sludge' in a pond, especially if there are plants in there, so don't try to keep it too clean.
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PatC
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Re: Pond cleaning question?
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2010, 11:55:46 AM »

when cleaing out the big debis i also use a shop vac and for leaves and dead slugs that find their way into the pond i use a swimming pool net, long handle for good reach and a very fine mesh net so it pics up even the littlest of debrie.  I clean once a week if needed making sure not to get rid of the good bacteria.  I also saw a fish pond vaccuum which works off the garden hose draws water and debri out while replacing the water at the same time, price was $37.00 Canadain. 
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PatC
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Re: Pond cleaning question?
« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2010, 11:57:55 AM »

a skimmer will help trap the floating debri but must be cleaned on a regular basis
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