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Old 13.04.2009, 19:26
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Pond Care

Hi folks

I'm looking for a little advice on pond care in Switzerland. A friend just moved into a place last fall with a pond in the back yard, complete with a pump to a little waterfall and a stream.

I'm no stranger to garden maintenance, ponds included, but I'm at a bit of a loss here in Zürich. I just drained the pond and got rid of all the excess debris that had built up over the last few years of neglect (even saw insects and lizards that I didn't know existed, least of all in Switzerland!), and it's now sitting empty with silt and rocks at the bottom.

I would like to get some chemicals to clean the remnant water up (anti-algea and such), aquatic plants, maybe even a couple fish. Any idea where I could go in the Zürich area to do that?

Also, on a related note, she's got a sort of concrete basin in the garden for washing and such. It's got a built-in drain to somewhere (no idea where) that is unfortunately clogged pretty deeply (at least 25cm down, I measured it out with a stick). It's pretty hard to access, and I'm trying to figure out how to clear it; best I could come up with is buying some fish tape (for feeding wire) and shoving it down there. Any other thoughts? I'm hesitant to use drain cleaner, but if you know of a good one for breaking down organic residue, I'm open to suggestions...

Thanks!
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Old 13.04.2009, 19:32
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Re: Pond Care

For pond-care stuff our local petshop seems to have a good selection, and I've also noticed some stuff at Migros with the garden or pet stuff at this time of year...

Not sure what to do about a blocked drain other than getting in a professional...given the harsh winter it's quite likely the pipes are cracked which is what is causing the backlog, and that's not going to be fixed with any chemicals...

*please* don't use draino - my brother-in-law is a plumber, he says it just doesn't work, and other than being a hazard to the person who uses it, to the environment, and to the poor plumber who is eventually going to be called to fix your drain anyway....

You could also try here - http://www.aquarien.ch/
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Re: Pond Care

I got a drain cleaner from Coop Bau and Hobby that is a long metal cord that wraps into a handle that you feed into the drain and then twist the handle. Works great. Drain cleaner didn't work.

As for pond care, my next door neighbour keeps a pond that is full of frogs, algea and fish. Mosquitos breed in it and it stinks in the summer. I have 2 small mill stone ponds that I am forever emptying in the summer when they start to grow things. Cats and birds keep drinking from them and I don't want to kill them.

You shouln't kill the alge, or you will kill the fish as well, but use alge eating plants to keep it down. Don't let any kind of detergent get to your pond since alge thrives on it.
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