Drain pond, Place fish in holding tanks, Wash rocks and gravel, Remove debris and muck from pond bottom, Clean biofalls and skimmer, Hook up pumps, Add water treatments including dechlorinator, ammonia neutralizer and beneficial bacteria, Minor adjustments to rocks, Clean up around pond perimeter, Check all filters, dosing systems, iongens, lights, etc., Add gravel where needed to conceal pond liner, #Re-fill pond with water flowing and fish placed back into the pond. #See notes below
Drain and clean underground reservoir, Wash rocks and gravel, Remove debris and muck from feature, Clean biofalls if applicable, Hook up pumps, Add water treatments, Minor adjustments to rocks, Clean up around perimeter of feature, Check all comppnents (filters, iongen, dosing systems, lights), Add gravel where needed to conceal pond liner, #Re-fill feature with water flowing. #See notes below
Hook up pump, Turn on waterfalls and filtration, Clean filter pads, Clean skimmer and biofalls, Remove surface debris, Remove large debris from pond bottom (ie -leaves, sticks) Add beneficial bacteria, Check other components such as iongen & auto doser, Check lights, Clean up pond perimeter.
**No pond draining, No muck removal, No add. gravel. This service is ONLY recommended for ponds and water features which are in GOOD condition with no organic accumulation on bottom.
Other Cleaning Services:
Flushing and/or cleaning of Constructed Wetland filtration systems or "bog filters" will be priced individually based upon the size, condition, and construction style.
Very useful for new home-owners who inherited a pond with the home. We will perform a "Full Spring Cleanout" as stated above, as well as inspect existing filtration and pond condition. Then a consultation with homeowner, teaching them about all aspects of their pond including maintenance recommendations and fish health.
Have too many fish? We can safely transport and re-home your finned friends to another pond.
*Pending availability of suitable pond
Notes about the above services
We prefer to have your pond completely full and running when we complete a spring cleanout. In some instances (very large koi ponds, low water pressure from your spigot, etc.) we may need to fill the pond partially and return the following day. Fish may be placed back into the pond or they may rest safely overnight in our large holding tanks. This is determined on a case by case basis - please ask for details regarding this possibility. We want to keep your pond and fish as healthy as you do.
Optional tasks such as thinning/removing plants, pressure washing rocks, filtration repairs, and filter pad replacement are performed on an as-needed basis and added to base cost of cleaning.
"Aquatic Edge takes every necessary precaution when handling your fish and other pond life, including safe handling and acclimation techniques. Due to the delicate nature and unpredictability of fish in general, Aquatic Edge will not be held liable for any unusual mishaps such as scratches, fin damage, parasites, or loss of life."
Organic debris and muck from the pond bottom is typically disposed of on site (such as a compost area, or a woodline where you may dump grass clippings). Additional charges apply if material is required to be hauled away for disposal.
*Minimum pricing. Small ponds and water features in Fair condition. Large ponds, excessively dirty ponds, high fish load, and other factors will contribute to higher prices.
Aquatic Edge is your Pittsburgh Area pond cleaning specialist
"How Often Should I Have My Pond Cleaned?"
In the Pittsburgh area, we recommend that “Ecosystem Koi Ponds” (ponds built with skimmers, biofalls / wetlands / bogs, and gravel bottoms) receive a Spring Cleanout every 1 to 2 years to remove any build-up of non-decomposed organic material that collects within the gravel bottom. Other styles of koi pond (such as the traditional English-style) can also benefit from a Spring Cleanout, although these ponds tend to require more routine maintenance throughout the year as well. If you have questions about your backyard koi pond cleaning and maintenance in Pennsylvania, please reach out to us.
We have all of the necessary equipment and knowledge to perform a proper Spring Cleanout.
“Should I pressure wash the pond rocks?”
Pressure washing the inside of a pond might remove a very important piece of your filtration system. The brownish colored film that covers the rocks of a healthy pond is called “Biofilm”. The biofilm contains millions of natural beneficial bacteria, diatoms, and other micro- and macro-organisms that help to maintain the pond’s balanced ecosystem. When the biofilm is removed, the ecosystem suffers a sudden imbalance and can often lead to green water algae blooms or other water quality issues. In healthy, well-kept ponds, we leave the biofilm intact and use only a high-volume/low-pressure spray to wash down the gravel. In ponds that are suffering major water quality issues, or have been neglected for several years, we may pressure wash the entire interior in order to get back to a “square one” condition.
“What happens to my fish during the cleanout process?”
We take every precaution to keep your fish happy and safe during the entire process. First, we set up one or more of our professional 500-gallon holding tanks in a flat area near the pond. Then, pond water is pumped into the tanks. Once the tanks reach a desired water level, we transport the fish from the pond to the tanks using soft mesh nets. Netting is placed over the tanks to protect your fish. At the end of the cleanout, and if the pond’s water was clear, we re-use the existing water from the tanks by pumping it back into the pond. This helps to reduce stressful acclimation time for the fish, as well as uses less of your home water supply. Obviously every pond and situation is different, so we determine how much original pond water to use on a per-site basis.
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