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What fish will help clean up a pond?

Updated July 19, 2017

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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Raine Chasing

Based in Virginia, Raine Chasing has been ghost writing web content for private clients around the world since 2001. Chasing's articles have appeared on a large number of websites such as e-How.com and etown21.com, as well as the 2005 winter edition of "Lotus Magazine." She is currently pursuing a criminal justice degree and freelance photography certification in hopes of becoming a crime scene photographer.

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