I have an L shaped pond, with a Hozelock pump at the top powering the waterfall and another at the bottom powering the filter. The pump at the top rests against 2 sides and the floor and its sucking up all the algae which is getting trapped in the cage and reducing the water flow. I clean it out, and it works fine, but then it soon clogs up again.
I dont want to moved the pump to the centre as the pipe isnt long enough, so it would mean replacing it and it just looks silly having the pipe trailing into the middle.
I was thinking about building something like a box without a roof, so the pump would only draw water in from above. Can anyone think of anything I could use to do this, or any other ideas?
if you can block access to all the plants for a couple of weeks and avoid feeding the fish then the grass carp should start eating the blanket weed
if you get a large planting basket and place the pump inside it then it'll get blocked up instead so the pump ill stay clearer for longer, or you could make a complete surround for the pump then that would be better as the pump shouldn't clog at all, but that involves feeding the pipe through a tight fitting hole in the middle of one basket and then tieing the 2 baskets together with the plastic ties with the pump inside. water and bits of dirt will go through but the big clogging bits will just get stuck outside
if you can, rent a pond vac for a day and vac the bottom, it can only help really
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Sounds like blanket weed to me. You can either try shading the pond from all the glorious sunshine we have been having lately or try one of the chemical remedies. Cant really recommend one as what works for me probably wont work you and what works this wont next year.
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I have a Pond Vac and i've sucked it up many times but it builds up again within a day or so. Good job you warned me about the loaches I was just about to go and buy some! ( Fat chance anyway theres no breeders this year :( )
I understand what your saying, make a solid box around the pump with only a pipe sticking out for water to travel down?
Thanks for the advice, i'll try it - its just finding the right sized things to use.
Ive had the same problem in my pond. The best thing to do is to put the pump on a brick and put the brick in some type of roofless box like you suggest. This is the best combination as you only get small collection of sluge at the bottom of the box and as you have raised the pump slightly it should not get clog up that quickly. When it does lift the box out and clean it and the pump filter.
My pond at the moment needs a good clean. If I dont use this method I have to unblock the filter about once a day. Thats a problem to me and often I have to switch the pump off at night. Using the box / brick idea the pump will last about 5 days before it needs a clean. Hope this helps. I will add this to my website http://www.gardenfishpond.co.uk