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  • Posted on: 6/4/2011 18:09
Ideal time to clean out the pond? #1
We have a wildlife pond in our garden which I dug out myself 4 years ago.

We have 7 gold fish and several frogs making it their home atm.

I went to give it a tidy up last weekend because several of the plants have outgrown their pots and the oxygenating plant has gone wild. I then noticed quite a lot of frog spawn on the surface so i decided to leave it.

Is it a bad idea to tidy the pond while we have frog spawn?
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Re: Ideal time to clean out the pond? #2
Your choice.

If the plants have "Taken over the pond" then you have no choice.
But what ever you do, try not to disturb it too much.
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Re: Ideal time to clean out the pond? #3

I would say its ok, but my pond is just for goldfish and plants, and is frog free (probably because it is a raised pond), so I don't know about your frog spawn question.

It was definitely time for me to clean the pond last weekend.

I left my pond very full of plants over winter, and I have noticed over the last month that string algae was starting to over-run the pond so I had little choice but to clean it all out.

I removed a massive amount of string algae, and a huge chunk of Elodea Crispa (an oxygenator), and am now left with a pond where I can actually see the fish again

The water lilies are now starting to send out their new pads, and the arum lily is starting to shoot up leaves, so I am glad I have cleaned up before the growing got seriously underway.

We like pics of ponds here, so here is the nice clean pond (all of the right hand side was full of Elodea Crispa before the tidy up, and everything else was almost a green string algae soup!)

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And here is proof of the benefit, a great view of the fish once again

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