Backyard and landscaping ponds add value to any property. Keeping these water bodies clean can be a chore. One of the best tools to help you keep the water clean and full of oxygen is a pond vacuum. Failure to remove debris and detritus from the pool bottom may cause it to go in an anaerobic state. This foul smelling condition kills aquatic plants and animals that need oxygenated water.
Pond vacuums work on the same principle as a pool vacuum system. A wand and hose are attached to a suction pump that has a collection tank or filter system that captures and removes the leaves, algae and other organic material. In some models the captured debris is automatically discharged through a hose to your garden or other appropriate site for disposal. It is important to monitor and manage your pond chemical parameters especially Ph levels especially after vacuuming. Drastic changes in Ph levels and increasing suspended solid can kill your fish in short order. The proper use of a pond vacuum will reduce the risk of problems.
When using a pond vacuum it is important to move the wand slowly and not dig deeply into the material that your want to removed. This will reduce suspended solids and let you better see your work area better. Removing small amounts of material with each pass of the wand will allow the pond vacuum to work more efficiently.
High end pond vacuums come with accessories to allow you to remove filamentous algae, do a surface skim, and clean rocks and side walls. These high end pond vacuums have enough suction power to remove all the organic materials from your pond. These pond vacuums work very well and will restore your pond to its original condition. A top quality pond vacuum will cost more than $500 however it is a very good investment if you are interested in the proper management of your ponds. It will not be long before your realize the investment into a quality pond vacuum will save time and money.