Pond Vacs: Why you need one for your pond
A pond vac is an excellent addition to your pond to make pond maintenance easier.
Even ponds with great filtration will often have areas within the pond that accumulate dirt.
Pond vacuum cleaners are a good way of efficiently eliminating the sludge build-up of your pond.
Benefits of Vacuuming the pond
One of the major benefits of using a fish pond vacuum cleaner is the aesthetical aspect. Vacuuming will ensure that the bottom of your pond is always looking great.
Removal of pond muck and debris reduces the chance of your pond developing problems as a
result of build-up of toxins and nutrient sources that can lead to other water quality issues such as algae
Removal reduces the unpleasant odours that are usually associated with anoxic pond muck and ensure that oxygen
concentration does not drop as a result of the effect of sludge.
How to Vacuum ponds
It is usually good to first physically get rid of large particles, such as leaves and twigs with a net. Then, allow for the mucky water
to settle. (some of this will get drawn into your filter which is fine) Once the particles have settled, all you have to do is stick the
suction head straight to the bottom of the pond because you only need to suck out the sludge and not just clean water. Move the vacuum slowly over the worst areas in the pond, making sure that you do not stir up the dirt again!
Types of Pond vacuums in the market
All pond vacuum cleaners require gravity to discharge the dirty water. Motorised pond vacuums can either be a single chambered vacuum or a double chambered.
Single Chambered vacuums, such as the Pondovac Classic and The Pondmax PV350 fill up the chamber full of waste. When they become full, the engine switches off for 20 seconds, allowing the waste to gravity discharge out of the unit via a large discharge pipe at the base of the unit. We recommend that this dirty water be put onto the garden as it is full or nutrients that your plants would love to utilise! After 20 seconds, the engine turns back on and you continue in your quest to rid the pond of sludge!
Two-Chambered Vacuums, such as the PASE Pondovac 4 work in the same way as the above pond vacs, but have two chambers that take turns to fill up and discharge. The main difference here is that they are continuous suctions rather than stop/start like the single chambered models. We use these on our pond maintenance jobs as we need to get the job done quickly! We recommend them for people with large ponds or time-poor individuals
Like with any of our products, if you would like to ask any questions please let us know!