Early Spring Pond Clean Out

Spring is the time when your pond comes back to life. Every region is different, but active fish, and aquatic plants sprouting new life are both indicators that your pond is coming out of dormancy. Before doing a Spring clean out, the following 8 tips will help you get off to a good start and keep your fish and pond healthy.
PRE-SPRING CLEAN OUT

  1. Try not to show your enthusiasm for the warmer weather by jumping in the pond to clean it. Remember, your fish have been sitting near the bottom throughout the Winter, and their immune system is weakened. Wait a couple weeks before doing a major cleanout.
  2. Add Pond Salt at a rate of 1 pound per 100 gallons, and a Water Conditioner like Pond Stress Coat or Aqua Extreme. The salt will suppress any pathogenic bacteria, and the conditioner will replace the natural slime coat on your fish protecting them from disease.
  3. When your pond water reaches about 60 degrees, (Pond Thermometer) start mixing your Cold Weather Fish Food with your Regular Fish Food in order to transition them over into a high protein diet.
  4. Start using a Barley product to prevent future algae outbreaks.
  5. Start using your regular Beneficial Bacteria Product, like Microbelift PL, Microbelift Super Start, or Pondzyme, and stop using a cold weather bacteria. Save any winter bacteria product left over for next Fall.
  6. Spring is the time to use Koizyme. It is a natural treatment to reduce pathogenic bacteria, since fish are especially susceptible to these harmful buggers this time of year, and Koizyme will not harm your biological filter.
  7. Take stock of your Pond Plants. Ordering plants early in the season gives you more time to enjoy them. We are already out of stock on some plants, Lotus and Water Lilies are the first to go, so be sure to check them out.
  8. If you have been toying with the idea of adding Pond Lighting, now is the time to do it. Pond lighting adds a whole new dimension to your pond or water feature that evokes a magical quality. If you entertain outside, or can see your pond or water feature from inside the house, lighting it up at night is a must. They are reasonably priced, and easy to install. If you’re planning on doing a major cleanout, get your pond lights now so installing them will be even easier.

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