"Phyllis and Jim" <jimandp...@gmail.com
> wrote in message
: Our pump pulls from near the the bottom of our pond. The intake is in a 5
gal bucket with as many 1/2" holes as I could get into it. The silt goes w
ith the water to our veggie filters, where we can drain it annually. The k
oi stir up the in the main pond, so we have not had to clean it in more tha
n a decade of operation.
: When we drain the 4 x 8 berm ponds, we put a strainer over the 2" drain
let the water drain slowly. When the water is low, we have no trouble net
ting the tadpoles and other critters. They get tossed into the other berm
pond or into a bucket. Then they go back in when we have cleaned the pond.
Cleaning is done in the early spring before the plants have begun to grow
: What does your present pump do with circulating silt? Do you run a filter
or have an overflow? A veggie filter would gather it for you.
: Wild ponds have a special solution to silt: They fill and go away. Our
: ponds need some sort of silt removal or they go the way of natural ponds.
After trying the vacuuming solution suggested earlier and finding my cleaner
wasn't very suitable because of its small collection tank, I added an extra
(large) container in the chain into which which most of the silt settles
before it passes through the filter.
To augment this and remove the worst of the problem as a "crash solution", I
have been taking out a bucketload of water, silt, and small critters, and
filtering it through a net into that tank when the pumps not running. Taking
the water level down by a couple of gallons is an easy preliminary once it
has settled for a while.
Small critters are safely returned to the pond and the surplus water just
gets recirculated when the pump comes back on.