Having a backyard pond is a great way to add value to your property and relax in nature. With the proper tools and knowledge, these ponds can be easy to maintain. One of the most common problems that we, at Fontana Ponds & Water Features, run into with ponds is murky or unbalanced pond water. For this reason, we always try to educate our clients on how to clean murky pond water whenever we install any kind of pond.
Causes of Murky Pond Water
There are many reasons that pond water might become murky or cloudy. Most of the time, low visibility in pond water is caused by organic and inorganic particulates being stirred up and suspended in the water. This can occur due to a variety of factors, such as rainfall, overly active fish or mud animals, lawn runoff from watering, and swimmers. In other cases, cloudy water could be due to an imbalanced ecosystem or algae blooms. This is most frequently the case with new ponds or ponds which have recently had new life introduced to them.
How to Clean Cloudy Pond Water
It is important to remember that, in most cases, murky pond water is not bad for a pond ecosystem’s health. Clarity of water is more of an aesthetic concern than it is a health concern and, in many cases, pond clouding is a natural part of the pond’s life cycle. Consult a professional before attempting to clear up pond water on your own to ensure that you are not doing more damage than good.
In many situations, murky, dirty, or cloudy pond water will settle and clean itself in a few days or weeks. This is often the best way to deal with murkiness that is caused by runoff or water that has been stirred up by rain or wildlife. If the cloudiness of the pond’s water has been caused by other issues, the solution will depend on the cause. Test the pond for the levels of pH, nitrates, ammonia, and KH.
The simplest solution for clouded pond water due to algae is to install a UV clarifier. These devices sit just beneath the pond’s surface and kill algae with UV light and they are completely safe for any animal inhabitants.
Sludge and Debris
If your pond is murky, it could be due to an excess of sludge and decomposing organic matter. In some cases, a simple pond skimmer or net can help to prevent this from occurring. These options will require frequent care and cleaning, so a preferable option for many people is to install oxygenating plant life. Building a filtering plant shelf can often make a big difference in a pond’s clarity.
If you would like to find out more about how to clean murky pond water, or to learn more about any of the landscape or water feature services that we offer, please contact Fontana Ponds & Water Features at 778-990-9773 or fill out a contact form on our website.