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post #1 of 5 Old 11-24-2012, 01:31 AM Thread Starter
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New home with pond/Waterfall. Help please...

Hello all,
I take care of a pool & spa in northern Cal. Im totaly new to ponds, sorry for the dumb questions.

The pond/waterfall has a 2hp pump and a sand filter, the homeowner has no idea if it was home to fish in the past. Im thinking no, the inlet for filter is just a pvc pipe with a check valve head.
Of course the fish would get sucked in, do you think i could just have some kind of screen?


If we decide to Not have fish, how can i clear alegae off of rocks with out adding chlorine? pool alegacide? or do i have to drain and clean each rock off? I know that with out chlorine it'll never be clear + wouldnt it kill the bamboo plants aswell?

With out chemicals, how do i keep mosquitos in check?
If there is no fish should i still check TA and PH to preserve pump or does it even matter?

Hey Thanks Guys!

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post #2 of 5 Old 11-24-2012, 07:16 AM
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What is that round area at the top ?

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post #3 of 5 Old 11-24-2012, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
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What is that round area at the top ?
Not sure what you mean... above pool? thats the spa, just rock above waterfall.

Any help would be very appreciated
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Not sure what you mean... above pool? thats the spa, just rock above waterfall.

Any help would be very appreciated
I'm confused, so I'll just say that I would let the pond go natural. The intake is dangerous. Maybe secure some vinyl window screening over it to keep creatures from getting sucked in there. Goldfish, koi, and tadpoles will help control algae on the rocks and fast growing floating plants like hornwort will control green water and shade the pond. It would be fun to just add the plants, block the intake, and see what happens.

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post #5 of 5 Old 12-29-2012, 04:15 PM
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fish, tadpoles, water bugs, and predatory insect larvae will keep mosquitos in check.
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