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Pond Maintenance Contractor: Stormwater Pond Health

August 27, 2018

As a pond maintenance contractor, the Dragonfly Pond Works Team regularly encounters ponds that have become unhealthy for a variety of reasons. We assess the pond, identify the problems, and provide solutions that will transform the pond back to its beautiful, healthy state. We recently evaluated this stormwater pond that had become ugly, muddy, and unhealthy. During our assessment, we identified the issue to be Koi fish.

 

Before: Muddy stormwater pond due to Koi fish- Pond Maintenance Contractor

Before: Muddy stormwater pond due to Koi fish- Pond Maintenance Contractor

 

People are often interested in Koi fish for their ponds due to their bright colors. Unfortunately, Koi fish are not a good fit. As an experienced pond maintenance contractor we know Koi fish as the pigs of ponds. Koi fish look for vegetation and roots to eat at the bottom of a pond by rooting. This rooting process stirs up the clay bottom of the pond. Clay particles are the smallest particles, so they remain suspended in the water for a very long time. The suspension of these particles is known as turbidity, which is what gives the pond the muddy look. The only way to remedy this is to remove the Koi fish. Additionally, Koi fish in a stormwater pond could potentially be washed downstream into lakes and streams. This is one way invasive species are introduced into native fisheries and can cause significant damage.

 

After: Pond returned to clear, healthy state after Koi removal- Pond Maintenance Contractor

After: Pond returned to clear, healthy state after Koi removal- Pond Maintenance Contractor

 

Once we drained the pond, we were able to remove all the adult Koi fish. We then stocked the pond with Bass. The Bass were necessary to eat the hundreds of baby Koi fish that remained. Once all of the Koi fish were removed, the clay particles were able to settle and this pond has returned to its clear, healthy state.

 

Removed adult Koi fish

Removed adult Koi fish

 

Bass began taking on Koi fish color after eating so many baby Koi.

Bass began taking on Koi fish color after eating so many baby Koi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to Large Mouth Bass, we recommend a full line of game fish to be utilized in ponds. This includes, Bream, Channel Catfish, Minnows and STERILE Grass Carp (non-sterile are not legal in NC). Stocking a stormwater pond with game fish provides a variety of advantages. Game fish help balance the ecosystem of a pond. As discussed previously, they are helpful predators. Certain fish can also help control unwanted aquatic plants and help capture nutrients entering the pond from runoff. Providing stormwater pond maintenance is just another way Dragonfly Pond Works can help keep your pond healthy and beautiful!

 

As a pond maintenance contractor, we maintain stormwater ponds throughout North Carolina, in Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Charlotte, and Wilmington. We also provide services as a stormwater pond maintenance contractor throughout Florida, in Tamp Bay, St. Petersburg, Naples, Sarasota, and Fort Myers; in addition to stormwater pond maintenance in Charleston, South Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia.

 

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From Maryland to Florida, Dragonfly Pond Works serves clients throughout the mid-Atlantic region, including corporate, commercial, and public accounts, residential customers, and homeowner associations. We strive to develop long-term relationships based on quality work, timely service, cost efficiency, and of course, trust. Please contact us if you would like to learn how we can help you create a beautiful space and sanctuary.

 

Special thanks to Dragonfly Pond Works Client Services Manager, Thomas Moore, for contributing to this article.