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Ponds, cleaning and using
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John Bartunek    Posted 07-09-2002 at 13:30:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We moved to the country and there are two ponds on the property that were dug by the previous owners. Supposedly they swam in it years ago. We don't fertilize so the only run-off in the ponds is from rainwater/snow.

The ponds have the typical algae in it with some weeds along the sides. They don't appear to be spring fed. Our dog loves to swim in it and we'd like to use it for swimming but assume we need to clean it up first.

How do you clean up a pond? How do you clean up the muck on the bottom of the pond? If you put sand in it, will it cause problems? Do we need to buy an aerator to keep the water moving and will that make it clear?


Ludwig    Posted 07-10-2002 at 10:20:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
On our pond on a windy day all the surface
crud will float to one end and we just skim it
off with a rake.
As for underwater crud use a rake and just get
in there and clear out as deep as you want.
Then maybe get some sandbox sand and
build yourself a little beach. Sand is cheap if
you get truckloads.
Don't worry about cleaning out too far,
especially if the pond is fairly deep, how often
do you touch the bottom when the water is
over your head?
I've also heard tell of dragging a bedframe
along the bottom to clean it out.

jasonthepepperguy    Posted 07-09-2002 at 15:28:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The hay bales ratio I heard was more like a 1 bait to every acre- would love to hear the right (most effecient) #. I have also heard of folks using dry wall scraps- crush and remove the paper the best you can- then just toss it in the pond. Wont hurt the water - just settles the stuff in it. good luck, my pond still wont hold water-

Okie-Dokie    Posted 07-09-2002 at 16:03:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You could be right Jason. I am not sure of the ratio of straw to surface acre. Your mention of wall board scraps rang a bell tho. In SW Okla. there are several wall board manufacturing plants. I recall folks getting powdered gypsum that had been rejected for use in wall board to do just that: Clear farm ponds. They would just cast it out on the water and let it settle all the junk to the bottom. As for your pond leak, you might investigate using bentonite (powdered clay used in the oil drilling industry)

Okie-Dokie    Posted 07-09-2002 at 15:05:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Lots of folks are using barley straw to clear up ponds. Never tried it myself, but some folks swear by it.You can learn about it by doing a search for barley straw on your search engine. As it deteriorates it is supposed to release hydrogen peroxide which kills the agla. Don't know for sure but I think you need about 6 bales per surface acre.

jasonthepepperguy    Posted 07-10-2002 at 20:48:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
the bentonite(sp) clay is pricy stuff here in the Houston area. I have a place 75acre in Navasota - I called two companies about getting it delevered to my pond location - the price was about $3000. Of course that is enought to cover the 3/4 acre pond 7 inches deep and to create a full blanket. (I would need to hire out a dozer operater to do the work, perhaps another 500 or so) I would love for my kids to have a family pond to fish in like I did as a kid, but after spending $4000 just to have it dug out (last year) I am fealing bad about dumping more money into it. I was hopping it may settle in its own time and start to retain more. (sooner than later would be good)

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