float valves help you maintain the water level of your pond. They
are necessary devices if you are often away (especially during the
summer when evaporation is greatest), but they are also useful to
have if you simply do not want the extra work of monitoring and refilling
your pond. Here are some positives and negatives associated with pond
water float valves:
· They are easy to use – just hook up a water source
to the pond water float valve; when the surface of the water drops,
so does the float, causing a valve to open and let the new water in.
· You still must do pond maintenance – after all, the
mechanical parts of your pond water float valve could break, and other
problems could also arise. You want to still check on your fish and
your water often.
· Unnoticed leaks – when your auto-fill pond float valve
continually fills your pond, you assume that it is because of loss
of water due to evaporation. Of course, there is also the chance that
your pond has a leak, but you may not notice the extra water loss
because your pond is kept constantly full. This is, of course, a waste
of water, but also it causes extra chlorine (from the tap water) to
be added to the pond. Chlorine could harm the fish.
· Chlorine – as stated above, chlorinated water (tap
water) is added to the pond when a float valve is in use. Chlorine
can harm fish gills and even lead to death. Consider adding a dechlorinator
or a pond water float valve that with a filter to remove chlorine.
All in all, though, if you realize that float valves are not miracle
makers, you will be fine and having one in your pond can really benefit
you. As long as you continue to monitor your pond and your float valve,
your pond will likely remain healthy and beautiful.