Why buy a pond vacuum?
Pond Vacuums are great for removing debris and silt build up caused by autumn fallen leaves, fish waste, and general plant vegetation dieback in your garden or koi pond. In a natural pond or in smaller amounts it may not pose a problem. But if left unchecked it could cause water and fish health issues, blocked pumps, filters, and water clarity problems including algae blooms caused by access nitrates. Buying a Pond Vac cleaner such as the Oase Pondovac will allow you to remove silt a build up quickly up to a depth of 250 cms depending on the Pond Vac model purchased.
Best pond vacuum cleaner?
The Oase Pond Vac known as Pondovac comes in 4 models, the main difference between the basic Pondovac Classic and the more advanced models the Pondovac 3, Pondovac 4 and Pondovac 5 is the ability for continuous operation with a clever two chambers system (continuous cleaning function). This feature allows one chamber to be in suction mode while the other is emptying its waste. The choice then comes down to the size of your garden pond or pool, if small and no deeper than 2 metres a basic single chamber vacuum will do the job, for larger and deeper ponds consider a larger Oase Pondovac model the table below will help you select the correct model.
|Pond Vac Model||Max Working Depth||Capacity Lts / Hr||Continuous Operation||Suction Hose Length||Discharge Hose Length||Power Watts|
|Oase Pondovac Classic||2m||3000||No (Auto Stops To Empty)||4m||2m||1400|
|Oase Pondovac 3||2.1m||4000||Yes||4m||2.5m||1600|
|Oase Pondovac 4||2.4m||5000||Yes||5m||2.5m||1700|
|Oase Pondovac 5||2.5m||8000||Yes||5m||10m||1700|
|Pontec Pondomatic||2m||3000||No (Auto Stops To Empty)||4m||2m||1400|
Should I vacuum my pond?
Leaving silt unchecked in ponds containing pond fish including goldfish or koi could increase the chance of bacterial infections as fish immune and digestive systems slow in the cooler winter months. TIP: Always remember to feed a Wheatgerm food to fish in the cooler months of spring and autumn if fish are seeking food.
Using a pond vac has many benefits over manually cleaning. Manually removing silt can be a time consuming task often involving emptying the pond which is disruptive to your ponds ecosystem. A Pond Vac allows regularly and easy silt removal, the waste water and silt makes great garden fertiliser if drained straight onto a flower bed or vegetable garden.
When to vacuum a Pond?
The autumn or late summer is the best time to vacuum your garden pond (August-September). Cleaning a pond or using a Pond Vac in the spring could disrupt fish, insect and amphibians breeding cycles more than a late summer /autumn pond vac.
How do pond vacuums work?
Most modern Pond Vacs work much like a domestic vacuum. The pond vacuum is placed on dry land far enough away the ponds edge to avoid accidentally falling into the water during use. A hose with a telescopic handle reaches the ponds base. As the head is moved around it sucks the silt with water into a chamber which is then discharged through a hose to waste. Alternatively, some pond vacuum systems use a simple filter strainer to remove larger debris particles, returning the screened water to the pond. TIP: We do not recommend using a domestic Wet / Dry vacuum as they are not designed for safe use.