Profit from the current wellness trend and make your dreams come true. With the swim pond concepts from OASE.
A private swimming pond in the garden – pure wellness and the dream of many garden owners. A dream that can come true thanks to the swim pond concepts from OASE. All of our experience with gardens, pond construction, water quality, and pond technology come together in this area and enable us to offer mature, complete packages.
Our SwimPonds offer the right concept for every taste, all requirements, and not least for any budget:
- The SwimPond Set module is particularly well-suited as basic or entry level model, even for do-it-yourself installation.
- SwimPond individual is the name of the exclusive solution for a personal wellness temple on difficult terrain, or for demanding customers with very individual tastes.
The SwimPond in four seasons – care and maintenance – what must be done ?
Seasonal cycles and life cycles of the pond biology
Owning a swimpond means experiencing nature firsthand.
As the seasons change the form of the pond also changes and so do its needs. External influences such as weathering and vegetation ensure that numerous parameters in the pond are subject to natural fluctuations – e.g. nutrient content, temperature as well as the kind and quantity of creatures.
For example, algae are part of the nutrient pyramid and are present in every natural as well as nearly-natural body of water. Moreover a pond also changes from year to year and passes through different natural phases.
A newly created pond needs time to develop the necessary pond biology, so that the biological-mechanical filtration can achieve its full effect. In addition a swimpond in the course of its development is subject to vegetational change so that depending on location plants and pond inhabitants also change over the course of time. With these constant development processes increased string algae can also be a frequent occurrence. Likewise a certain amount of sedimentation is unavoidable in the course of pond development.
However the OASE concept is based on maintaining the pebble filter surfaces for as long as possible and to work with low levels of sedimentation.
String algae will also occur – however this is sign of good water quality. In this case the important thing is to reduce the phosphate content.
The cornerstone for a functioning swimpond ecosystem is laid when the pond is constructed. Clean and professional work helps to keep subsequent maintenance effort to a minimum. Consequently strictly follow the instructions in the swimpond construction manual.
- Silt: The OASE swimpond concept is to keep sediment to a minimum. Nevertheless deposits form on the pond floor and they must be vacuumed out at the latest when deposits are 2-3 cm deep, to prevent anaerobic putrefaction. Naturally you can also vacuum out these deposits more frequently for visual reasons. The OASE PondoVac 4 is particularly well-suited in this regard.
- Leaves: Falling leaves mean nutrient input, and thus an additional burden for the swimpond ecosystem. Always ensure that your pond is protected from leaves, e.g. through leaf nets or appropriate landscaping of the area around the swimpond. In autumn empty the skimmer’s collection basket on a regular basis.
- Algae: There is no natural body of water that does not have algae – algae only become a problem if there is excessive development.
The following are suitable reduction measures:
- Mechanical removal and vacuuming
- Biological/chemical control through the use of pond care agents (e.g. string algae control through hydrogen peroxide)
- Introduction of nutrient competition through microorganism or cutting back water plants, particularly water lilies.
- Planting: Plants absorb nutrients – consequently trim your plants before they store their nutrients in the pond near the end of the vegetation period.
- Water quality: Have your pond water analysed on a regular basis, so that you can react as quickly as possible to changes in the water values. The Water Test LM from OASE is extremely well-suited for this purpose. For example high phosphate content is a nutrient medium for string algae and can be reduced through the use of PhosLess LM
- Edges/seal: Always ensure that the capillary barrier is intact, particularly with regard to plants that can grow over it. In addition indirect nutrient sources such as rain water represent a burden for the pond system. Surface water or runoff water absorbs the nutrients and carries them into the pond.
7. Snails and waterfowl: Always keep snails and waterflowl away from the swimpond, as they feed on plants and insects that play an important role in the nutrient cycle. In addition snails and waterfowl stress the pond through excrement. Different pathogens can be introduced into the pond in this manner, for example cercarien that can trigger an unpleasant skin rash on humans.