should I remove the rocks from the bottom of my pond?

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    Hi everyone. I just wanted to know what your thoughts are about having rocks on the bottom of a pond. I currently have 3/4" to 1" stones on the bottom of mine, but due to continuing issues with murky water, I was wondering if it would be better if I removed them on the lower/deep level for easier cleaning????? I do have small and medium rocks on one of the tiers, which I can easily get to and clean with my hose, but the middle is too far of a stretch. What are your thoughts?
    PS. I did read a post about using quilting batting in a laundry basket, under the waterfall, to clean/clear up the water. I plan on doing that this weekend.
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    I used to have rocks(arizona pond), love the look of rocks, they disappear as the muck builds up. Also the string algae grew like trees out of the muck trapped in the rocks. I removed them there and this pond has none. To me a lot easier to net and clean (I don't have a bottom drain)

    The only rocks that were there are now pulled out, the heron knocked them in ... it was a few still were a nuisance to work around. I do have rocks around two edges of my pond, slightly underwater like an edging, maybe 2 inches of water around the rocks.

    waterbug likes mortared rocks, but to me I like a naked liner bottom, with algae growth, dirt time, it looks like a natural pond bottom not a black liner.
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    I too have no rocks on the bottom as it really is a lot easier for me to just scoop out any build up of gunk w/ a net that way. Whatever makes it easier on me and helps the fishes then I'm all for it!
     
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    THAT DEBATE IS GOING TO GO ON FOR EVER... i agree ...no stones on the floor to accumulate debris, fecal matter, and other organics around and under. a few large rocks as decoration is all for me. i dont believe that "excessive debris is bad" is a myth. if not just for aresthetics and water clarity, its stirred up easily and looks like crap if you ask me. and comparing a lined pond to a mud bottomed narural pond is like comparing apples and oranges.
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    Holy cattails Andy! Get ready to get some big muscles outta swingin that axe on those mama's!
     
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    I have only about 6 -8 large rocks in the bottom of my pond only to keep the liner from coming up during heavy periods of rain, as I have clay soil and it holds water as well as my liner does.
     
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    I keep a few Large Rock outcrops in my ponds , for a fish hang out
     
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    Thank you all for responding. It looks like I might be going for a swim to remove all my small rocks. I'll just leave my 2 koi castles for them to hide out in. Hmm, I may have to wait until the water warms up. We've had pretty cool temperatures the past 2 days and my pond is now 46 degrees.bbbrrrrr!!!
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    Burr this tender body likes water in the 80 range. I put on waders when it is that cold. Was out in the water the other day with just sandals one but just my legs. Pulling the lilies to work on them. Upper body never touched the water.
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    No way I would go in my water to retrieve anything w/ the temps of our water right now............brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!

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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    geez jw, not even for your fishes? you should be that dedicated
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    No not me but I might send my DH in there if it was an emergency,lol!

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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    Laughing my DH would say you want me to do WHAT! lol
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    Well I'm sure mine would too but I think he might do it if I cried :LOL:

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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    My sweetie would do anything for me if I cried. Cause I never cry unless it is really serious.
     
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    jeez and i thaught you american ladies where tough as leather ! lol
    but back onto topic, i only have a few medium sized rocks for decoration and to help keep pots in place, did have some small stones in but after taking some advice off here i took them out ages ago !
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    We are tough and smart enough when to send in the man to do the job!
     
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    I used an old cat litter pan top for a koi and fish hide spot .They work great and they have a handle on the top to pull them out .I just used a rock weight i drilled a hole in and wired it to the cat pan top and the bottom i used for plants .
     
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    When I built my pond last summer I was going to leave the bottom bare but my husband talked me into putting rocks on the bottom for looks. It did look good and it still does. I used flat oblong rocks that were about 5 to 7 or 8 inches long. But as the pine needles began to fall to the bottom of the pond it took longer to get them out due to the rocks. So I decided this spring when the pond warms up I will take them out and put a couple larger rocks in to put my water lilies on. I built a fish cave using a 5 gallon bucket that I put on its side. I used the same thin rocks to disguise it that I used on the bottom of my pond. Don't know if they use it but it works well to put my one water lilly on.
     
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