You want to lay a beautiful pond…, however, your children want to take a nice dip in the swimming pool in the garden. The ideal solution will be then a beautiful swimming pond from which everyone can get a great deal of pleasure.
It looks like a pond and is laid in your garden as naturally as possible. Their attraction is derived especially from their natural appearance and a relatively low price. Often a plant pond is laid next to a swimming pond, which will organize filtration of the swimming water. If it used regularly, swimming water also has too be filtered. There may not be too much dirt or sludge on the bottom, because the water will get turbid. Heating may be necessary in countries with a cool climate, because there the water can remain pretty cold even in summer.
Laying a swimming pond
In a swimming pond, having a depth ranging between 50 to 70 in you can swim without touching the bottom. It is wise, however, to create an additional area ranging between 24 to 32 cm deep destined for oxygen producing plants. They will contribute considerably to a good quality of swimming water.
A swimming pond always consists of two parts which are separated from each other:
- The swimming part
- The filter part (biological or mechanical)
Biological filtering of a swimming pond occurs by means of marsh plants, planted in gravel or substrate. The marsh plants are standing in a substrate which accommodates useful bacteria which assist in natural purification of the water. Substrate or small lava stones serve to prevent organic dirt in the water. The filter part, containing plants will provide a natural appearance of the swimming pond.
The most simple swimming pond is rather deep pit with slanted walls, covered with black pond liner. If in summer your swimming pond will be used intensively by many persons at the same time, a filter equipment will bring relief. A standard filter equipment – being always installed outside a pond – will prove, along with the plants, clear water.
Maintenance of a swimming pond
In autumn died off plants and blown in leaves have to be removed from the swimming pond. This will prevent them from decaying on the bottom. Organic waste material on the bottom will increase the chance of acidification of the soil of in the swimming pond. Besides the risk of algal problems and bad plant growth will increase.
The best thing you can do is to remove all fallen leaves from the swimming pond. the best way to do this is with the help of a scoop. The same applies to decaying leaves or sludge on the bottom. It is not wise to pump out the whole swimming pond annually, enabling you to clean the bottom. By doing this you do not only remove all kinds of little aquatic water animals, but in this way you will also attack the household bacterial community to a considerable extent, whereas this is very important particularly in winter.