What fish will help clean up a pond?

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What fish will help clean up a pond?
Koi fish in a pond (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of tanakawho)

Keeping your pond clean can sometimes be a challenge, but adding the right mix of cleaner fish can save you a large amount of time and effort. There are various fish that help clean up a pond by eating algae and other types of debris that dirty up a pond.

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American Flagfish

The American flagfish is native to Florida's swamps, lakes, ponds and marshes. It feels right at home in a pond and does its job of cleaning up algae.

Grass Carp

The grass carp is a bottom feeder and is native to ponds and lakes. A few of these in your pond will help control the grasses growing there, along with other types of plants.


Plecos (Plecostomus) are a breed of catfish and great algae eaters. They help eliminate algae in ponds and eat debris from other fish by attaching themselves to their bodies.

Koi Carp Fish

Koi carp fish resemble goldfish in look and colour, but not in size. Koi are bottom feeders that feed on algae, insects and various plants growing in your pond. They also add a touch of bright colour to ponds.

Mosquito Fish

Mosquito fish are a great addition to any pond. This fish specialises in eating mosquito eggs off the surface of the water, keeping the population of those pesky bugs under control.

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