Pond Filtration

Written by Michael O'Brien
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Like it or not, pond filtration is an absolutely crucial factor in maintaining the life and health of a pond. Impurities are bound to occur. This is especially true when you have fish and plants. Life produces waste. This is the natural order. Sometimes, however, this is not necessarily a bad thing. There are two schools of thought when it comes to pond filtration.

Pond Filtration: Natural or Not?

The mainstream notion that pond filtration requires artificial pumps and filters is starting to be pushed aside by theories from some experts that it's better to simply let nature take its course. In nature, plants and animals support one another by acting as natural filters. Fish eat excess plant matter and the plants feed off of the fish waste. Even the gases in the water are exchanged and shared by fish and plants. The right combination of both may be all a pond needs to stay clean.

The reason why artificial pumps and filters are more popular is because maintaining the right balance between fish and plants is very tricky. You really have to know what you are doing, making sure you have the right kinds of plants with the right kinds of fish, the right number of plants with the right number of fish, and that you properly care for both. Such an undertaking is not for the beginner.

Artificial filters may seem like the easy way out to many who believe it is better to let nature be its own filter. This is a fine idea in theory. The truth of the matter is, however, that some kind of extra help is often needed to keep a pond clean. The right balance of natural and artificial filtration is probably best for ponds.

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