pond, beautiful?

I've been really enjoying the crystal-clear water of the pond lately, being able to see the fish and all of the submerged plants. The water wasn't perfect as there were still leaves to remove, but it was nice.

Now, not so much.


It rained all day yesterday, and although the ground is soft it must not be completely thawed. It couldn't soak up all of the water:

Then that rainwater washed into the pond, which is now murky with clay:

This is where the clay should stay.

This doesn't happen during growing season regardless of how much rain there is -- at least from what I can remember. The water soaks into the soil then, or at least the lawn plants hold all of the soil particles better.

Rain water running down the slope in another part of the yard.

I'm hoping the pond water will clear up pretty quickly, but even after the clay settles my future cleaning will stir it all up again, won't it?

Not too pleased about this.


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Steve Lau  – (March 11, 2013 at 11:29 AM)  

You might be able to grow a gunnera on the one side of it which doesn't have rocks. They are starting to sell on eBay now.

Alan  – (March 11, 2013 at 11:39 AM)  

Steve: the gunnera division you gave me a few years back didn't survive our summer -- too hot and humid. Even if I could grow them, that wouldn't have prevented this from happening.

Lisa  – (March 12, 2013 at 5:39 AM)  

It should settle. But you're right - anything you do that disturbs the water will stir it up again. Without any kind of filtration I might suggest a water change? But then you lose that well aged water. Or I've seen temporary gravity filters people build out of trash cans or other containers - pump the water in through the top, run it through a filtering medium, and let it flow back into the pond. That may work!

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