Whether or not you feel that your pond fish are part of the family, they are a significant investment, especially if you invested in a high end species like koi. When there is an issue with your pond, it can endanger the lives of your fish. Making the repair without draining the pond and killing all your fish is the best way to keep them happy an healthy.
Repair any Tears in the Liner
If you are losing water from your pond faster than evaporation could cause, then you probably have a tear in the liner. While these materials are indeed designed to last several years, they can still develop the occasional crack from normal wear and tear. There are two ways to install a liner patch. You can move all the fish into buckets and drain the pond, which will stress the fish, to find the leak, or you can repair the issue while the water is still in place.
Make sure you purchase a repair kit that can be installed underwater, as this will require a different adhesives to work properly. Cut the patch to the correct size and prep it according to the directions in your kit. Use the wax sheet in the kit to protect your hands from getting covered by the adhesive as you put the patch in place and smooth it down. Once the liner has been fully sealed, you can add water into the pond to bring the water back to the correct levels.
Repair the Filters
Because custom ponds are not part of a natural waterway, they need your intervention to remain open. The first element of this is a filter system to keep the pond from filling up with algae and other water plants, as well as removing the waste from the fish. Without this tool, the algae will quickly overtake the pond, killing your fish. As with any filter, the simplest repair step is to ensure that you change the cartridge on a regular basis. If this is not done, the filter will stop cleaning the water, and it can even block the flow to the pump.
If a basic filter is not keeping your water clear, there are other options available to you. Chemicals are a simple way to clear a pond, but you must be absolutely certain that you purchase a product that will be safe for your species of fish. For long term filter support, consider adding a UV stabilizer. These systems use light to kill the algae, which can then be filtered out without reproducing. The light/filter combo is going to be your best long term solution.
Repair the Pond Pumps
The pump is the lifeblood of your pond. It help to oxygenate the water so your fish can breathe, and move the water through your filter system, cleaning it. It may be the single most important piece of equipment keeping your fish alive and well. If your pump just isn't working the way it used to, the first thing you should check is the settings on the pump itself. Many have a variable speed control, and you want to be sure that it wasn't bumped.
If this is not the case, check the pump and all the feed lines for any blockages that could be preventing the water from running properly. If these things aren't causing the problem, it is time to get a professional repair company involved. Opening up the pump to make an internal repair simply isn't a DIY project.
The most important aspect of keeping your fish healthy when there is a problem is getting the repair done quickly. Most problems can be solved yourself, but getting a repair tech, like one from Kona Land and Water Escapes, in can help you ensure that the problem is gone for good.