Do you need a pond vacuum? Short answer, yes. If you don’t want a surplus of debris in your pond, a pond vacuum is the best and easiest way to keep your pond clean.
Pond vacuums can suck up all of the muck and gunk at the bottom of your pond so that you do not have to do it manually. Without a pond vacuum, you will have to use a net and your hands in order to thoroughly clean your pond. You will have to reach down into the dirty water and scoop and scrape any unwanted slime and goo from off the bottom of your pond.
Now, if you are like me and do NOT want to do all of that, then I suggest that you invest in a pond vacuum. Maintaining your pond does not have to be a chore that takes up your entire life. It can be quick and easy!
Ponds collect plenty of stuff that makes the bottom of the pond a gross place to dwell. Fish poop settles to the bottom, along with debris from your yard, such as anything from large sticks to the garbage that somehow made it into your pond. Algae is another unwanted pest that will quickly take over your beautiful pond and turn it ugly if left alone.
Pond vacuums have long, adjustable hoses that can usually reach any place in your pond. The pond vacuum works just like a normal vacuum; it creates a suction through the hose and will suck up anything from small algae to large sludge at the bottom of your pond.
Most pond vacuums work the same way. Once the debris is sucked into the chamber, it flows through another hose in the back that empties the debris out. It is best to place the discharge hose in plants near the pond, so that the extra water can water the plants, and so any animals that might have been accidentally sucked up can easily make it back into the water.
Some pond vacuums come with a mesh covering that you can put over the discharge hose, so that all of the grime and debris is caught in the mesh and only water leaves the hose. Then, all you have to do is empty the mesh into a trash can and you are good to go!
Larger ponds might need additional work to stay clean and free of debris, but if you have a small pond, a pond vacuum is all you need!
Depending on the size of your pond and how often it fills with unwanted algae or debris, you will need to deep clean your pond at the minimum once a year. Preferably, you should lightly clean your pond once every few months. Luckily, it is easy to keep up with cleaning your pond if you use a pond vacuum. You just need to plug it in (or not if you decide you want a manual vacuum) and get to work!