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How To Clean Your Pond

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Cleaning your pond is required in order to keep it free from algae, leaves and other muck. Cleaning it will keep it looking its best and keep the plants and fish (if you have any) in your pond healthy. If you have fish in your pond, it's essential to clean your pond thoroughly and properly, so as to not harm your fish. See below for instructions on how to clean your pond.

Materials You'll Need:

  • Large container (for your fish)
  • Hose
  • Water
  • Net
  • Garbage container
  • Gloves
  • Hose 
  • Scrub Brush


  1. You'll need to fill up a second container with clean water first. This container will serve as a holding area for your fish while you clean the pond. Allow the water in this container to sit so the temperature matches the water in the pond. If the water is too cold it can put your fish into shock, which can kill them.
  2. Once you have your container filled, you can begin taking your fish out of the pond using your net. This may take some time, depending on how many fish you have in your pond.
  3. After you are sure you have all of your fish out of the pond, you may begin draining the water from your pond. Turn your filter to the drain setting, if you have one. Use a hose or a pump to get the water out of your pond, then turn your filter off when the water is gone.
  4. Put on your gloves and get to work taking out the leaves and other muck at the bottom of your pond and throw it into your garbage container. After you have most of the larger pieces of muck out of the pond, you can begin scrubbing down the bottom and sides of the pond. Add water to the pond to help with the cleaning process if need be. If you have rocks, spray them down with water and scrub them as well. Drain the dirty water and repeat the process if necessary.
  5. Inspect your filter and change filter cartridges if your filter type requires it. Wipe it down to get rid of built up algae as well and remove any debris.
  6. When finished cleaning your pond, you may begin filling it back up with hose water. Allow the water to sit in the pond before putting your fish back to prevent shock, as mentioned above. Turn your filter or pump back on and let it filter your water. Then replace your fish and enjoy your clean pond.

Cleaning your pond is something that should be done at least twice per year. Think about doing it in the spring and again in the fall before winter. Cleaning your pond takes a bit of work and some time, but it's worth the effort. Your pond will look amazing and your fish will be healthy. Look at this website for more information.