John, I have had great success since I read your article ( March 2008 St. Pete Times ) on self-sustaining ponds ! However I am starting to see a lot of organic leafy debris on the bottom of the pond building up ! Would you recommend a pond vacuum or some kind of algae – fighting product ?
BTW I used to live in Key West too
Depending on the pond liner, you can use a rake or a kitchen colander to scoop out that debris. Do you have goldfish in there to help eat the spring algae bloom? I use my hands to pull out the excess algae from the spring bloom. Did you use the hotwater cabomba plant I wrote about? It is THE best water clarifier for Florida ponds I know of. I am glad my article helped you out! John
p.s. in Denver I used the cold water aquatic plant 'Hornwort' as an EXTREMELY effective pond clarifier and oxygenator for my own pond and my landscape customers' ponds.