Today I am cleaning out the pond. It's a concrete pond, and this job has to be done. In fact, after experimenting with different types of ponds, I chose concrete just so I could easily clean it up. Yes, the filter gets a ton of stuff, but not everything, and I turn the pump off during the winter. So, I usually clean it out in spring (to clean out after winter) and again in fall (in preparation for winter). You know what's in there - leaves, fish 'stuff', old decaying food, etc. It has to be taken out, and I have just the tool for doing it.
After doing some research, I decided upon this pond vacuum:
It's an Oase Pondovac 3 or something like that (they now have a 4). Anyway, I'd recommend it. No, I'm not getting paid to say that. Nor do I know the Oase people. I just like their vacuum. And though this may sound like a commercial or a review, I thought it might be beneficial to anyone wondering about pond vacuums.
Since we didn't want to spend much money there was some joking about just using a shop vac. Because this vacuum was not inexpensive. At least, it was much more than I wanted to pay for a fish vacuum! But, it was necessary. Such is life.
|Input - sucking up the gunk
So, let me tell you what's special about a pond vac. First, the input. It sucks up lots of things - like leaves, fish 'stuff', etc. But - and this is the biggie - instead of keeping the stuff inside the vacuum like a shop vac, it spits it out the back. So, you get all that water and leaves and 'stuff' running out a hose in the back. The only thing I don't like about this is that I have not found a way to keep that fishy water. It would be fantastic for my roses!
|Adding water so the water level doesn't fall
Since it sucks up water, you have to add water to the pond to keep it full. So, I only vacuum about 1/3 of the pond at a time. No big deal. And I've never sucked up a fish, though supposedly they would just get spit out the back, unharmed. I'll just take their word for it and try not to suck up my fish.
Pond bottom dirty:
Pond bottom clean:
A clean pond makes me very happy. And I know people sometimes think fish are unexpressive. :l That they look like this all the time: :o But, when you get to know them, you realize they really are expressive - in their own way. And my fish are very grateful. :) Really! Yes, really!!!
Look at that top picture - can't you see them smiling?