Pond cleaning is done at the rate of $85 per hour, with a $200 minimum. Call to schedule your pond cleaning at the main number.
First time customers are provided an introduction discussion (of a reasonable amount of time), discussing the pond cleaning approach and objectives, before the pond cleaning work begins, on the day of the pond cleaning, at no charge, to determine the best approach for the job. The pond cleaning job will then begin immediately following the introductory discussion.
Paul Des Roches maintains ponds twice monthly throughout the greater Las Vegas valley. Each customer is on a month-to-month basis without any formal contract or commitment required.
Paul works alone.
He works exclusively with goldfish ponds and koi ponds. He uses only natural methods, and has never used chemicals of any sort in achieving clear fresh smelling water in the ponds he maintains (see “Ecosystem” and “Algae” paragraphs below). He works long days, usually starting at 6 a.m., and often works untill dark, in wet dirty conditions. Therefore it is often impossible for him to return phone calls daily. He sometimes gets booked months in advance for pond work, so plan ahead if you want him to be your service provider. His approach for long-term success, utilizing only natural methods, results in problems being solved rather than problems being masked through using quick fix products which only temporarily cover up symptoms.
This long term all natural problem solving approach is not for everybody.
Therefore he does not return calls to customers asking for services which he does not provide (relating to adding chemicals, regarding UVB light bulbs, etc.) He does not involve himself with the liability, struggle and stress associated with the constant battle of testing for chemical toxins, adding corrective chemicals, adding clay powder, barley extract, enzymes/bacteria, flocculents, digesters, UVB light bulbs, biological filters, or any of the other store bought band-aids on the market designed to mask the problems caused by poor ecosystem designs, unrealistic fish loads, and etc..
Paul keeps it simple. His credo is “eliminate solid waste materials from customers’ ponds rather than treat the problems caused from this waste material”. In a pond with the solid waste removal established, the second objective is to create a living biomass (aquatic plants and naturally occurring aerobic bacteria colonies) to consume the dissolved chemical nutrients (amonia, nitrites and nitrates). His customers appreciate and understand his philosophy of working within natural limits, such as reducing the fish-load, take for instance, if it becomes problematic, to better maintain the rest of the healthy population of aquatic animals.
Not all customers are comfortable accepting this hard-line approach, and would be more compatible working with any of the other pond companies in the greater Las Vegas valley, who do promote and sell algaecide, sludge digester, UVB filters, bio-canister filters, and etc..
Pond algaecide is a good example of using an unnatural means to force immediate results.
The following is an educational link to an article that is well researched, which explains a 6 step process for properly using pond algaecide, that brings to light how contrary to a natural approach this product is, and it’s serious concerns regarding fish health.:
The word “ecosystem” refers to a natural coexistence of living biomass (aquatic plants and naturally occurring aerobic bacteria) that completely consumes toxins (ammonia, nitrites and nitrates) in the pond water, so that a balance occurs, whereupon the water is stripped of these toxins.
This ecosystem concept requires first establishing a practice of regularly removing the solid particulate waste (the aquatic animal waste, dirt, leaves, and aquatic plants waste), before it decomposes, producing these aforementioned toxins,
If a pond design flaw limits the effectiveness of the ecosystem (take for instance, if the design allows pockets of particulate to accumulate), corrections will be suggested. Enhancing/creating shade, proper substrate, water turbulence and circulation, naturally occurring aerobic bacteria colonies’ living areas, and aquatic plant life living areas, are the cures for most ponds' ecosystem design flaws.
Often adjusting feeding habits or decreasing fish load is required.
Chemicals are never added.
With the natural ecosystem approach, patience and realistic expectations are required, for pond success.
Managing healthy underwater string algae growth is encouraged, as this living plant is found to benefit pond success. When it grows to become ugly, floating or in excess on a waterfall, customers are encouraged to remove it for aesthetic reasons, but an underwater carpet of living string algae growth on the underwater substrate surfaces, is always greatly encouraged, as it is found to be especially effective in aiding the process of removing toxins in the water naturally. The springtime excesses of string algae can be annoying to deal with, but it is performing an important task of consuming the nutrients released from any hidden winter accumulations of organic matter that is warming/decomposing. Once this task of helping clean the water of springtime toxins is completed, it dies back considerably (around July 5th of every year, or when our air temperatures reach highs of approximately 105 degrees). Removal of this excess dead algae (that drops to the bottom) as soon as possible, with a net, is important, before it begins to decompose. If this is not done, it then rots and adds to the solid waste, as well as greatly decreases dissolved oxygen levels (as it begins to decompose).
Healthy string algae is fibrous fluffy and strong like threads (similar traits of dry fluffy cotton candy). Once it dies, it gets soft and mucky, and is not fibrous, and is easy to pull apart.
Algae is therefore a cyclical beneficial plant. Throughout springtime, the fish snack on it, lay eggs in it, nap in it, and the babies hide in it (nursery) until they are big enough to come out from hiding. The living fibrous fluffy mass houses helpful aerobic bacteria colonies (nitrifying bacteria aiding in conversion of ammonia and nitrite toxins to plant digestible nitrates), In addition to that, string algae feeds aggressively on nitrate toxins, which is an important stage of getting pond water clear and fresh.