Care of the reservoir.
Finally, the construction of the pond is over, the pond is built, you are satisfied and happy. But for how long? After all, if you do not take care of it, the artificial reservoir will become worthless – the water may bloom, and the concrete bottom will crack. So, the care of an artificial reservoir and the cleaning of the pond are of very great importance.
If it is a garden pond, then it is clear that there will be fruit trees around it. When it becomes necessary to spray them in the spring, do not forget to cover your artificial reservoir with a film so that chemicals do not get into it.
If you see that the concrete bottom of the reservoir has already begun to crack, then you cannot let them grow. First you need to drain it and clean out of the cracks all the dirt, then lubricate them with two layers of sealant, and in case the gaps are too large, you can use mastic, reinforced with a compactor. For greater reliability, it is recommended to use a geotextile and a waterproofing film or membrane.
Periodically, the water in the pond begins to bloom. It does not harm animals or plants inhabiting an artificial reservoir, but it does not look very nice – few people will like the water of green color. This problem can be solved if plants are planted on the banks, which will partly cover the sunlight. The lack of heat will not allow algae to grow too quickly. In addition, we must not forget to clean the artificial pond, removing fallen leaves, debris and fish food from its surface.
If such an elementary purification of the pond did not have the desired effect, then it is worth using special biological products and / or ultraviolet lamps. Preparations and equipment can be found without special problems in specialized stores, but before use you should carefully read the instructions, and you should best seek the help of experienced specialists.
An artificial pond requires the attention of the owners not only in summer, when it is in constant use, but throughout the whole year. For example, it is necessary to specially prepare it for the period of winter. Plants that grow in water, you need to cut, but leave a small part above the surface of the water – thus, through the stems, oxygen will flow into the water. If an artificial reservoir is small in size, over the winter it will freeze completely, and the fish and plants living in it will die. Therefore, all the fish and the necessary plants should be moved to the winter period in more suitable conditions.
If an artificial reservoir is large enough in size, in winter it will not freeze, but will simply be covered with a crust of ice. Then, in order not to accumulate swamp gas, you need to make holes in the ice. In no case should you use a hammer for this purpose – the fish may suffer from it.
When the snow melts and the ice melts completely, it will be possible to start cleaning the pond. Spring cleaning of the pond includes the removal of debris from its surface and the change of water, if necessary. It is possible to plant new plants in the month of May, when it will finally become warm.
In the summer, also during strong heat, the water in the artificial pond can simply evaporate. It is necessary to monitor its level and, if necessary, to top up water in a timely manner.
It is especially important to always ensure that the leaves falling from the trees do not pollute the reservoir. The foliage lying densely on the surface of the water, closes the fish and plants access to oxygen.
The cleaning of the pond consists of such simple stages. These stages are simple in execution, and they seem not so important, but it depends on the timely execution of these simple actions how long your artificial pond will function, how comfortable will the living creatures that live in it and whether it will look beautiful. If cleaning the pond is too troublesome for you – you can always order this service from specialists who will take care of timely actions themselves.