How to resolve Cloudy Water in a pond

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How to resolve Cloudy Water in a pond

A garden pond with fish in with cloudy, milky, slightly grey water

What does it look like?

  • Cloudy, milky or brown water
  • Floating particles of waste
  • Heavy silt and waste deposits
  • Unable to see bottom of the pond

Hand pouring liquid Blagdon pond treatment into a bucket of pond water

What are the fish doing?

  • Fish are likely to acting normall
  • In extreme cases may reduce oxygen causing fish gasping and rapid gill movement

What should I do?

  • Manually remove any large areas of waste
  • Perform a partial water change to dilute the problem
  • Treat with Clear Pond and Sludge Buster which will clump together waste particles and eat them respectively.

Goldfish in a pond with milky water

Why does this happen and how do I prevent it?

Cloudy Water is caused by tiny particle of waste suspended in your pond’s water. Whilst cloudy water is unlikely to affect the well being of your fish or plants, it is an eye sore and can effect enjoyment of your pond.

The primary way to resolve cloudy water is to remove excess waste and establish a regular maintenance routine. Regularly treating your pond with a sludge treatment or Brilliant Pond Tablets will help to keep waste levels down.
If you keep fish in your pond it is worth assessing your feeding and stocking levels as over doing it in either of these areas will lead to larger levels of waste.

If cloudy water is becoming a frustrating and common problem in your pond you could consider using a pond filter which will help to remove excess nutrients and waste products like sludge. A Filter will also create a healthy biological filter in your pond to reduce water quality issues and create a better environment for fish.

Find out more…

What treatment should I use?

Blagdon Clear Pond

Blagdon Sludge Buster

Blagdon Clean Pond Pods – available in stores March 2020

Use with any of the above

Blagdon Tap Water Fresh Start

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