Cloudy pond


Joined
Aug 6, 2022
Messages
3
Reaction score
0
Country
United Kingdom
Can anyone help me identify what this is collecting around my pond plants and how I can get rid of it? It gets really muddy and separates when I run my fingers through it.

I also have very very cloudy water and not sure how best to get rid of it. I can't see my fish anymore and I've found out I have 3 frogs living in my pond and worried they might have eaten the fish?

I'm a complete newbie to all this and would really appreciate any help as I don't want to lose my fish! Just moved house and would want to continue to care for the fish from the previous owners.
 

Attachments

  • IMG_20220806_121603.jpg
    IMG_20220806_121603.jpg
    162 KB · Views: 25
Ad

Advertisements

j.w

I Love my Goldies
Joined
Feb 1, 2010
Messages
31,058
Reaction score
18,838
Location
Arlington, Washington
Showcase(s):
1
Hardiness Zone
USDA 8a
Country
United States
1659824031108.gif
and welcome @chunkyrice
Looks like scum from detritus, dead plant material , fish waste etc.
You could take a large plastic basket, anything w/holes in it and line it w/that white upholstery batting and put tubing on a pump and suck up the scum w/the pump and set the end of the tubing over the top of the basket and let the scummy water run through the batting and back into the pond and this will help get rid of it. You will have to clean off the batting a lot when it gets full of the muck w/ a water hose and then do it all over again. You may have to stir up the water so the muck gets sucked up by the pump throughout the pond.
 
Joined
Aug 6, 2022
Messages
3
Reaction score
0
Country
United Kingdom
View attachment 153262and welcome @chunkyrice
Looks like scum from detritus, dead plant material , fish waste etc.
You could take a large plastic basket, anything w/holes in it and line it w/that white upholstery batting and put tubing on a pump and suck up the scum w/the pump and set the end of the tubing over the top of the basket and let the scummy water run through the batting and back into the pond and this will help get rid of it. You will have to clean off the batting a lot when it gets full of the muck w/ a water hose and then do it all over again. You may have to stir up the water so the muck gets sucked up by the pump throughout the pond.
Thanks for your reply! I was thinking maybe I need to clear out the whole pond and refill with fresh water to combat the problem
 
Joined
Oct 28, 2013
Messages
12,046
Reaction score
12,259
Location
Northern IL
Showcase(s):
1
No clean outs! That water is maturing - let it be.

Get a filter on it - you’ve just got a lot of fine sediment going on. Do you have a filter currently? How big is this pond? Are there spots where you could be getting runoff into the pond? That’s a lot of dirt…

Don’t worry about the frogs - most will leave the fish alone. They’re after the bugs
 
Joined
Aug 6, 2022
Messages
3
Reaction score
0
Country
United Kingdom
No clean outs! That water is maturing - let it be.

Get a filter on it - you’ve just got a lot of fine sediment going on. Do you have a filter currently? How big is this pond? Are there spots where you could be getting runoff into the pond? That’s a lot of dirt…

Don’t worry about the frogs - most will leave the fish alone. They’re after the bugs
Thanks for the advice. Got a filter running but not sure if it's beneficial. The pond is 600 litres so not very big at all. Do you think it would clear using pond treatment?
 
Joined
Jul 12, 2009
Messages
3,771
Reaction score
2,504
Location
Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania
Hardiness Zone
6a
Thanks for the advice. Got a filter running but not sure if it's beneficial. The pond is 600 litres so not very big at all. Do you think it would clear using pond treatment?
No chemicals please!
Too many horror stories when people have added algecides. Many have killed off their fish and it probably would also be bad for the frogs.

Pumping the water into quilt batting is a good idea. It might be tedious because you'll be rinsing the batting a lot, but eventually you'll get most of it.

All that growth is most likely due to excess nutrients in the water caused by fish waste, inadequate filtration and lack of plants.
Algae is plant life that nature puts there to compensate for lack of plant life. Plants compete with algae and by adding enough plants they will starve out the algae.
But you will also need adequate filtration.

That being said, what time of year was that picture taken?
Because my pond will get a similar coating in the Spring and it goes away once all the plants and beneficial bacteria wake up from winter.
 
Ad

Advertisements

Joined
Dec 16, 2017
Messages
9,538
Reaction score
7,478
Location
Ct
Showcase(s):
1
Hardiness Zone
6b
Country
United States
View attachment 153262and welcome @chunkyrice
Looks like scum from detritus, dead plant material , fish waste etc.
You could take a large plastic basket, anything w/holes in it and line it w/that white upholstery batting and put tubing on a pump and suck up the scum w/the pump and set the end of the tubing over the top of the basket and let the scummy water run through the batting and back into the pond and this will help get rid of it. You will have to clean off the batting a lot when it gets full of the muck w/ a water hose and then do it all over again. You may have to stir up the water so the muck gets sucked up by the pump throughout the pond.
One note make sure the batting is not fire treated . you don't want that in the pond
 

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments. After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.

Ask a Question

Top