- Jul 22, 2021
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So many questions! I have a turtle pond that’s 10‘ x 6‘ and has three depth levels 12 inches 18 inches and 30 inches. It’s about three weeks old so it’s going through the new pond syndrome, the water tests great but it’s brown. It’s clearing up a tiny bit maybe. I have it almost 2/3 covered with water lettuce hyacinth and two big pond lilies. I also have plenty of marginal plants around the edges. My questions are 1. tree leaves, do I just move the plants around and scoop them out the best I can? 2. Or because I have turtles that I would like to overwinter do I let the leaves settle on the bottom and clean in the spring? I’m in zone five b they are sliders. 3. Do I cut off dead lily leaves? I’m trying to make the pond as natural as possible, I only have solar filtration so the pumps go between six and 10 hours a day (or will once I have the second one set up that has battery back up, it’s still on its way) thanks!