You can keep your pond water clear and clean without using a filter. Filters can be expensive and cause problems depending on the climate and weather they encounter. This means you will have to find alternative ways of cleaning it in an effective manner so waster does not build up. If you do not have a filter, rotting plants, fish waste, ammonia nitrates, uneaten food and suchlike will pollute the water, hurting and maybe even killing your plants and fish. Read on to learn how you can keep your pond water clean without using a filter.
Do Not Overstock
You need to be sure not to overstock the pond when using a filter. So do not add too many fish as they eat a lot of food and of course produce a great deal of fish waste that releases ammonia into the water. Therefore the less fish in the pond, the less waste is produced. The amount of water in the pond compared to the number of fish has to be a lot higher when you are not utilizing a filter compared to when you do have a filter.
Avoid Overfeeding Your Fish
If your fish are overfed, there will not only be a good amount of uneaten food but the food releases nitrates, nitrites and ammoinia as well as other undesirable substances. These can be harmful to fish and also produce algae blooms. The same is true for fish waste. Therefore, just feed your fish enough food to survive but do not go over the top and spoil them with foods they are not going to eat or will consume too much of. it also helps to have foods that do not contain phosphate.
Regularly Change Water
Without a filter, pond water will need to be cleaned manually. It is vital to clean away solid fish waste, uneaten food, algae, dead fish and rotting plants as they can all release ammonia into the water. You may want to remove plants, ornaments and decorations from the water from time to time and thoroughly clean them.
Utilize A UV Sterilizer
A UV Sterilizer will be enormously helpful when you have a filterless pond. As algae needs a great amount of sunlight to bloom and multiply, a UV Sterilizer neutralizes the sunlight and does a long way in keeping pond water algae free. Algae san suffocate fish and plants, as well as being unsightly and unpleasant to smell. So this is a vital component in making sure your pond water remains clean.
Nano Media Reactors
Not actually a filter, a nano media reactor works like a backup filtration unit and it removes organic compounds like ammonia and nitrates from the water. It is great to have if you have fish that produce a lot of waste. As a bonus, it is also very helpful with algae control.
Using Pond Dye
It is not the best way to keep your pond clean but it does have the advantage of having algae control. As algae needs a lot of sunlight, the pond dye works as an effective sun blocking agent preventing the growth of algae.
Have The Correct Plants
Submerged plants work as natural filters as they assist in drawing out poisonous substances from the pond water as well as absorbing fish caused waste products. Conversely, some floating plants will prevent sunlight from reaching the water helping to prevent the growth of algae.
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