Why Is Your Pond Water Cloudy?

Clear water is what every pond owner strives for. If you're struggling to clear your water, you may be treating the wrong symptoms.



debris in pond water




The most common issue pond owners deal with in the summer is their water clarity. This year, we've had crazy amounts of rain, sudden heat, a cooler spring, slow growth for our water plants... nature is throwing us lots of curve balls! 

If you're in a battle with water clarity, first you need to know what you're fighting. Take a clear glass and scoop out some of your pond water. Check below to see what type of issue you're facing:



Brownish water like the above photo is caused by tannins (released from tree particles, like leaves, bark, pine needles, walnuts, mulch, etc.). It's not unhealthy for your pond and you can usually see through it but a lot of pond owners want to get rid of it. Use activated carbon to filter out tannins -- or just wait until the water clears on its own. Often times the sun will bleach it out.



Yikes, the photo above is water is green! You have a crop of single-celled algae. Follow our instructions to get your water clear and healthy again.





This is a great example of debris in your water. It's common to confuse green water and debris filled water when looking in your pond. Read on below  to see how you can clear this water!


The first step to clearing debris from your water is keeping more debris from getting in! Find out where this debris is coming from. Below are some common causes:
  • A string algae bloom. If you've had some string algae and then killed it, it may end up as floating debris in your water. Make sure you're keeping on top of your Remove Away Plus treatments to prevent string algae from blooming in the first place.
  • Improper filtration.
  • Your pond needs to be cleaned.
  • Too much rain (especially, as Forrest Gump says, 'big ole fat rain'). Not much you can do about this one, unfortunately! Make sure your overflow on your pond is working properly.


Let's assume you have good filtration, you use Cool Ponds treatments to keep your algae at bay, and you've cleaned your pond properly this season. What now?


You want to filter this debris out of your water. There are two inexpensive but very useful products that can help you with this.

fine filter pad
This fine filter pad catches a ton of debris.
The first product is a fine debris filter pad that sits inside your skimmer basket. It fills up with debris very quickly, so make sure you can rinse it out with your hose at least once a day! You'll be shocked how much debris it filters out. This is not a normal filter you would find in your skimmer -- it is very dense.

Adding clay.

In order to get the debris to your filter faster, we recommend using clay. Seems counter-intuitive, but it's very effective. It binds the debris together making it easier to filter out.


In addition to using the fine filter pads and clay to clear the debris from your water, we recommend using our other recommend treatments too. They all work together to keep your pond crystal clear and algae-free.

Find all these products in our store or our online store.


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