Learn how to maintain your pond filters and pond equipment with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
Keeping your backyard pond clean means keeping your pond equipment, clean too. Maintaining pond filters and other equipment is pretty easy, and Blain’s Farm & Fleet is here to help. Your pond, fish and pond plants will all thank you for a clean, well-aerated pond.
Types of Pond Filters
Pond filters keep your pond clean, and you need to keep the filter clean. The filter catches debris such as leaves and algae. There are two types of filters you can use for your pond: a pump filter and a pond filter.
Pump filter – A pump filter works to hide and protect the pond pump while it removes debris and dirt from the pond’s surface. These work well for ponds that only have ornamental plants or if you need a pre-filter for your pond pump. A mechanical filter separates debris and large particles and protects the pump.
Pond filter – The pond filter keeps the water safe for fish and plants. If you plan having fish in your pond, you need a biological filter. A biological filter is made so bacteria can gather and colonize. This helps convert toxic nitrites into nitrates, which are used by plants in your pond.
Keeping Your Pond Filters Clean
Cleaning out the filters is easy, no matter which kind you use in your pond. For biological filters, a simple rinse of the filter bucket should do the trick. Filter mats are usually replaced once a year. The manufacturer or instructions that came with the filter should have a recommended replacement date if you’re unsure.
For mechanical filters, you’ll need to scoop out any large debris or leaves if they’re slowing the water flow. Simply scoop out the debris, rinse the bucket with some pond water and put it back in the pond. With pump filters, it’s a good idea to check them regularly or when you notice a decrease in water flow.
For more tips on cleaning your pond pumps and pond liner, read through our Backyard Ponds: Cleaning and Maintenance article. Installing a water feature in your backyard is an affordable and easy way to add a tranquil element to your outdoor space. Visit our Water Gardens & Backyard Ponds blog for more tips on creating the perfect backyard pond.