Serving the Rochester NY and Finger Lakes Regions

Pond Maintenance

Clearly Aquatics Inc. is western NY's premier water garden installer.

Clearly Aquatics not only installs beautiful water features in and around Rochester, NY, but we also do all aspects of pond and water garden maintenance.

Whether you are interested in a tiny water garden to attract birds, the soothing sounds of a brook flowing past your patio, or a large pond full of flowering water lilies with a waterfall flowing into it, Clearly Aquatics has the experience to maintain the water feature of your dreams.

If you already have a pond and would like a fresh look, or are not completely satisfied with your current waterfalls, give Clearly Aquatics a call. We are trained problem solvers, and with the right maintenance program, can change unbalanced ponds into works of art.

Ponds are a valuable natural resource. They add beauty to the landscape, provide recreation and are a habitat for fish and wildlife. A natural body of water is a complex biological, chemical, and physical community.

The quality of the water determines the health of the entire community and the aquatic organisms living within the system ... from microscopic bacteria to the largest fish!

The “engine” that drives everything within a body of water is the presence of oxygen in proper levels.

A pond’s condition deteriorates when its bottom environment cannot support aquatic life. The bottom is where the most oxygen is consumed and the farthest from the surface where it is replenished. Without adequate oxygen at the bottom, beneficial bacteria do not break down the organic waste. This results in increased layers of sediment (muck) along the pond bottom.

Simply put, without oxygen a pond cannot clean itself!

As with anything, there is maintenance to keep it looking the way you want

This is especially true in New York with seasonal changes.

We create each water feature so that it has the correct components to ensure maintenance is minimal and uncomplicated. We provide many maintenance options.

We will help the "do-it-yourself" client in any way we can. Just give us a call (585) 657-7679 and we will help you.

We provide most customers with maintenance twice a season.

In the spring we drain the pond, catching fish, frogs, and tadpoles in a tank. We pick out, and vacuum clean, all debris such as leaves and fish waste. The stones are washed with a hose and pumped clean. Filters and pumps are hooked up and setup properly. Water is returned and conditioned to be safe for the fish to return. When you arrive home, simply finish filling it up with water and plug your pump in to enjoy it for the summer!

Come late fall we close down your pond.

This includes pulling your pump and haivng you store it above freezing in a bucket of water. Filter media is removed and cleaned. We recommend letting them dry and stored in a tote. Leaf netting is installed as well as a bubbler to keep a small hole in the ice for gas exchange.

We also offer once a month, to once a week, maintenance depending on your needs. Things we do during these services may include:

  • Removal of algae
  • Cleaning of your skinnner and pump
  • Fertilize water lilies
  • Check fish health
  • Adding appropriate water treatment products
  • Dead heading aquatic plants

Lake and pond management can be accomplished by following three core ideas:

  1. Aeration – Bubbling fountains and diffused air systems are commonly used to increase the natural levels of oxygen. The added oxygen, and equally important, the circulation, created by these devices help to create a stable and productive ecosystem.

    Fountains typically float on the surface and spray water up into the air. As the water droplets fall back to the surface they pick up oxygen. Fountains also create surface ripples and circulation which helps keep the surface clean.

    Diffused air systems utilize a shore-mounted air compressor that pumps oxygen through a hose to a special diffuser lying on the pond bottom. Since the bottom of the pond is where the most oxygen is consumed, it is an ideal way to deliver oxygen to where its needed the most. As the bubbles rise out of the diffusers they create a “lifting” or boiling action which creates considerable circulation throughout the pond. This circulation helps to prevent water stratification.
  2. Beneficial Bacteria – For over two decades we have been using bacteria to help Mother Nature keep waters clean and clear. Back then, very few companies were using this approach and we got quite a few funny looks when we told people to add "bacteria" to the water!

    Today, thousands of happy customers later, the use of natural bacteria's to help reduce sludge build-up is widely used and embraced. By adding billions of these natural occurring organisms, you can reverse the aging process of ponds that occur when fish waste, leaves, dead weeds/algae, runoff, etc. start to build up on the bottom.

    The results are improved water quality, reduced odors, improved oxygen levels and a better environment for fish and other aquatic life..
  3. Weed and Algae Control – There are a wide variety of treatment products available to safely control aquatic weeds and algae in ponds and lakes.

    These tested and approved products are a safe and quick way to gain control of waters that are infested with aquatic weeds or algae. The use of these products is a good short term solution to a problem.

    However, to gain more long term control you should look at the overall ecosystem and determine what the real cause of the problem is. Often, aeration and/or the use of bacteria will greatly improve the system and the use of these chemicals can be reduced. We service and maintain ponds in Rochester, NY and surrounding counties.
Keep your pond looking healthy and beautiful, give us a call for a consultation (585) 657-7679.