Muddy black stinky pond water HELP please!!!


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can use a shop vac for the mud after you drain it down .

I fill my pond with tap water no issues here.
 
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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.
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.

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Hi 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!
 
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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.

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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??
Thanks
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Hi 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. What does scoop up mud mean? Thanks
And then, as the pond is a nature pond it gets water only trough rain, so it would be difficult to create an running water. I probably will do it very simple by either pumping up the mud or fish it out with a net as good as possible and then the rain can do its work. Then would maybe be a good time to put in bacteria and they can work what they can. I don't think this pond will ever be clear water...
Do you think my idea is ok or does it not make sense that way?
Thanks and have a nice weekend ;)
 
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can use a shop vac for the mud after you drain it down .

I fill my pond with tap water no issues here.
Thanks for your message.
I think to fill the pond with tap water would become very expensive. I thought the pond was designed to work on rain water supply. Sounds actually very good to me ;)
Have a nice weekend
 
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can use a shop vac for the mud after you drain it down .

I fill my pond with tap water no issues here.
...sorry and what is a "shop vac" (not an born english speaker;)...
Thanks
 
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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??
Thanks
sybille
Sorry. What I meant is to simply take a shovel full of the mud and put it out onto your lawn.
What does it smell like to you, what do you see, are there any other life forms? Take a picture and post it here.
After that you can just use your garden hose and spread it into your lawn.
:)

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hi welcome , are these duck weeds floating? ur pond is shallow 12 inches , it wud b easy to clean it and fill it back completely or ur green growth will come back pretty soon as u dont have fish too . u can fill little with tap water then leave until it rains and u can add any small fish and add waterfall or something
 

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Welcome to our group! You are getting a lot of good help.

I cleaned out a old pond a while back. Have gloves on, wellies on, get in the pond and scoop out some of the muck, like Mitch has suggested.
With the first few scoops you will learn what you are dealing with. How deep it is, how much work to scoop out. It sounds like the bottom of the pond is hard, not a rubber liner, if it is you can use a shovel, to carefully shovel it out.
 
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Not sure what your water cost is where you are but most people fill their ponds with tap water or well water. You can do a little at a time.
Thanks, will do it bit for bit then ;)
 
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If 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.
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 advice :)
 

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Most any plant will love that gunk if it's outside of your pond. Happy cleaning and enjoying your nice new clean pond.
 

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