Do not purchase any bacteria-in-a-bottle products. There are plenty of natural bacteria present.Hi Mitch, Could you please give me some more advice.
Do you think I should put those baskets back there? (as it seems they are good for filtration) Maybe they are dead now (out for 4 weeks already) As you can see the ones standing on the side are the ones i fished out so far. There are a few more in. I was wondering if its not a bit too much for this tiny pond (?)
And I guess I can buy those bacteria stuff in a shop, right. So what would be my next step: Buying bacteria and put them in or fishing the mud out (pumping it up) and then waiting for new rain as this is a pond filling itself from rainwater only.
Sorry as this are many questions.
I might get me a book about nature pond keeping.
Thanks so much again. I will see how I approach it.Do not purchase any bacteria-in-a-bottle products. There are plenty of natural bacteria present.
Your pond is small enough that any of the above suggestions will work. Clean it out or work with what you've got, you could even take an experimental scoop or 2 out and see what you come up with.
It's always good to know what you're dealing with, so cleaning and refilling could work. It's up to you.
You could put the baskets back in a shallow area, just to keep them moist. Whether or not they're still alive depends on what your weather has been like for the last 4 weeks.
Whatever you do, take pictures of your progress so we can help you further.
Thanks for your message. What does scoop up mud mean? ThanksHi Welcome. It's natural in nature for ponds to fill in over time. It sounds like this pond has been long neglected. You can use a plastic bucket to scoop up the mud. Because of its condition you probably need to clean everything out but don't use any soaps or detergents on the liner as this will kill any good bacteria on it. Once it's cleaned out I agree with the advice you were given to install plants and running water. Good luck!
Thanks for your message.can use a shop vac for the mud after you drain it down .
I fill my pond with tap water no issues here.
Sorry. What I meant is to simply take a shovel full of the mud and put it out onto your lawn.Thanks so much again. I will see how I approach it.
I do not understand what you mean by that (not born english speaker ):
"you could even take an experimental scoop or 2 out and see what you come up with"
do you mean I should take an sample and let check the bacteria in a lab??
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The reed is actually outside and separate from the pond. I will empty the pond and let the rain fill it again. Could have done it when it was so dry as now its filled with water... anyway... Thanks for all the good adviceIf the reeds are going back into the pond then I would not use the muck on them. It would just muck up the water too. They will do well w/just water. If using tap water to fill your pond check w/your water company to find out if Chlorine or Chloramine is added to it as if it is you will want to buy a liquid Chlorine/Chloramine remover to the water as you add it in or it will kill fish and frogs.
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