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Getting the Pond Ready for the Spring

 

After so much time going by without any rain it was such a pleasure to FINALLY see a rain storm arrive over the pond last night.  The rain came down hard a few times, but the pond survived the storm as did the goldfish (I haven’t seen the frogs yet but I’m sure they survived too).  We needed this rain so badly in our area and I’m sure the plants around the pond are very happy.  The pond was noticeably higher this morning too.  The weather has been so strange lately but I am so grateful for finally seeing rain (sorry if I’m repeating myself, but I’m relieved).  I’m going to have to get out to the pond when the weather clears up again and drain and replace some of the pond water as I haven’t done that in awhile and I’m sure the goldfish would appreciate the cleaner water.  That’s all I’ve got to say on this post… Happy to see the rain over the pond !

 

 
Two Pond Filters

Two Pond Filters After Rinsing

The weather is finally staying warm enough that I decided to clean up the pond and reconnect the waterfall.  I used to empty out most or all of the water (that was when I brought the goldfish in) but this year I left the goldfish in the pond, plus I have frogs that have decided to make the pond their home so I don’t want to mess with all that as I want to encourage the frogs to hang around.  Now that I have plenty of pond plants, the pond is staying much cleaner now anyway so the readying of the pond should be much easier.  These are the steps that I took:

1.  Skim off all the floating debris or any leaves, etc. that I can get to around the sides or bottom.

2.  Get rid of what dead celery plants (or other plants) floating in the water that I can.

3.  Take the rocks off the top of the waterfall container and pull out the 2 waterfall filters (I use 2 filters in mine even though you only really need two, I figure 2 will filter out more debris and dirt, and hose them down plus the rock sack that sits in the top water fall basin (I will talk about these in another post).  I also wash down the extra charcoal filter pads.  Then I reinstall everything.  I will then take the pump out of the water bucket that I store it in for the winter (I store it inside the house so it doesn’t freeze over the winter) reattach it to the pump hose from the pond that leads up to the waterfall and stick the pump back into the basket with stones (after I’ve washed the stones in the basket to get rid of any debris).  This sounds so easy as I write this… but the pain in the neck part is getting down on the ground (I miss my youth), reattaching the hose to the pump (with a flat head screwdriver) then balancing the basket with the rocks while trying to cram the pump into the rock basket (I usually take out some of the rocks and then put them back in with the pump in the basket) then cursing as the hose falls off the pump because I didn’t tighten it properly so I end up groaning and take most of the rocks out of the basket, reattach the hose to the pump, cram it in the basket, refill the basket with the rocks… then find that I can’t get the pump to properly sit in the basket because I am limited in how I can move the pump because the hose does not allow much room to move… so I finally end up dumping out the entire basket of rocks, sticking the pump in the basket, and then dropping in all the rocks.  Then when ready I have to gingerly drop the basket, with the pump and rocks inside to the bottom of the pond.   Whew, finished.  Then I have (while groaning) to stand back up without falling in the pond (this is no easy feat as the side of the pond I have to do all this on does not afford me much space).

4.  Go plug in pump and watch waterfall turn on.   Okay I just plugged it in (and the electricity is working) but no pump.  I unplugged it and then replugged it back in… still nothing.  Oh no, the pump is bad… I then had to pull the basket back up, pull out the pump, tried to plug the pump in again… still no good.   No waterfall today and a trip to the local pond supply store for a new pump.

What I just learned:  Next time try the pond pump FIRST before dropping it into the pond.

So the waterfall saga continues…

 

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