Murky mucky mud

We hadn't cleaned the pond in 3+ years, since before Mabel. Yesterday it was time. It was actually way past time, but so it goes with little ones--time speeds up and to-do lists quadruple.

Last summer the fish population peaked at 15, now we're back down to 2. Predators get them and a few times I've found a dead one floating. The floaters get buried with a little ceremony akin to Garden State.

A couple hours of later, the plants around the pond are mulched with nitrogen rich muck and the pond was refilled with rain barrel water. We've tried barley powder to keep the algae down, but I'm not great at remembering to add it weekly.  I know we need more shade to keep the bloom down, but I'm also thinking of trying bokashi ceramics like these folks did. Do you have a pond? How do you keep it biologically balanced?

1 comment:

Misti said...

We had a small pond made out of a whiskey barrel when we lived in Florida. I think there were fish in there for awhile but once we saw the great blue heron on it we knew that they wouldn't last long. By the time we left it was only water and plants. I don't think we ever cleaned it out, sometimes scrapping the algae off and that was about it. I know we should have done more!