Buying a new home or property can be stressful in itself, and when a body of water comes with the property there are many more things to consider.  This page is dedicated to providing questions to ask yourself and the seller and to alert you as to what kind of positive and negative characteristics to look for before buying or building a water feature.

Before You Buy That Pond...

Things You WANT To Know:

What Kind of Pond Do You Want?

  • Total Surface Acres

  • Max Depth AND Average Depth

    • Shallow ponds can be problematic​

  • What is the history of the pond?

    • Does it grow a lot of algae or weeds?

    • Does it flood or dry up?

  • What does the shoreline look like?

    • Is there a Buffer Zone? Rocked Shoreline?

    • Whats the slope of the shoreline?​​

  • What is the condition of the sediment?

    • Thick mucky sediment is nutrient filled, odor forming, and can fuel vegetative growth.

  • Does it have an inflow or outflow?

    • Inflows can introduce new vegetation and nutrients

    • Outflows can pull treatments out of the water and prevent the use of certain chemicals.

  • Is there any fish life present?

  • What are YOUR goals for the water?

    • fishing, swimming, all natural?

  • Natural Ecosystem

    • This approach allows for the pond to essentially do its own thing; McCloud Aquatics will perform general maintenance to keep algae off the surface and to prevent excessive weed growth.  We will however allow for native growth to come in and be present as it helps take in nutrients in the water column which would otherwise go towards algae or excess weed growth.

  • The "Swimming Pool"​​

    • This type of pond has its pros and cons; while treatments eliminating all the growth in the water provide a nice clean area, this generally is followed up by large amounts of algae growth due to massive excess nutrients that become available.  

    • Ideally the pond structure allows for nice swimming area with a deeper section to allow for some vegetation in controlled amounts.

  • The Fishing Pond

    • Ideal fishing ponds all generally have a few things in common; there is a good amount of native vegetation, specifically things like Chara or American Pondweed.  This pond is also going to want decent depth in areas and a the proper combination and quantity of fish species present.

It is important to remember that no body of water behaves the same; some bodies of water are in a sustainable healthy state and require no chemical intervention, others require a bit of attention to reach an acceptable state.  This is why it is important to gather as much information as possible; it shows the likely path that the pond will go down.  If starting from scratch and building a pond, it is imperative that certain standards (i.e. proper depth and native vegetation) are met.  Trying to take shortcuts in the present will almost always lead to headaches, hassle, and another good chunk of money to resolve the issue.

McCloud Aquatics would be happy to provide consultation and answer any questions or concerns that you may have before buying a property with water or before the building process starts.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

"Our lake had the best season it has had in several years. The weeds were controlled and the lake was beautiful for swimmers, boaters, and fishers. We were also the only lake in our area to not have an algae bloom"

— Anne M, Residential Customer

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