Treat Cloudy Water in your Koi Pond
Let’s take a look at some of the causes of cloudy water.
Causes of Cloudy Water
A common cause of cloudy water is poor water quality. If there is too much ammonia or other pollutants in the water, this could be the problem. This could be caused by a bad filter. Check to make sure your filter is working properly and that the water you use for the pond is of a good quality.
The clay you use could also have affected your water. Montmorillonite clay gives a cloudy appearance when mixed with water. If you frequently add this clay to your koi pond, then it could be giving it the cloudy look.
However, the amount of clay it would take to cause this problem is quite a lot. If clay is the problem, it’s likely to also be involved with your filter. It’s possible that the particles are so small that they’re simply getting through your filter.
There are ways to test if clay is the cause. You could add a flocculent to your pond, which will cause small particles to cluster together. These grouped particles will then be caught by your filters and filter brushes. If your flocculent is effective, then you’ll have your culprit.
These particles shouldn’t be floating around anyway. So why are they? You’ll want to check your air diffuser. There is a chance that it’s causing a dead spot to form in your pond, which could be causing the filtering problem. You can try switching to an air dome.
Your air diffuser could be putting a dead spot in just the wrong spot and causing the entire problem. An air dome’s mixing movements will help encourage your clay to settle and more toward your filter instead of float throughout the water. Additionally, you’ll want to check your pond for other dead spots.
These steps alone may not fix your problem. So what are other long term solutions to cloudy clay water?
Add a Sand Pressure Filter
If you find that the clay is your problem, then you may need to get a sand pressure filter (in addition to your existing filter, not as a replacement). These are much better suited to capturing fine particles and will clear your pond water.
Sand pressure filters are surface-mounted pumps that do not rely on biological means to operate. Additionally, because this isn’t affected by your permanent filter, you can remove the filter as your water clears and put it back when it fogs again.