I had several pots get dumped in the spring so I have a bunch of gravel (along with a season of muck... the pond does take some run off after bad rain). I want to get things cleaned up before we start approaching the winter.
I don't own a pond vac, and the shop vac we have is crap.
I figure I can --
a) drain a significant amount of water using the pump, then use my skimmer net (fine mesh) to get as much gunk as possible out.
b) Buy a shop vac, get the pond completely drained, clean it out well.
c) Consider getting an actual pond vac (would have to be less than $300) and use it to get the muck/gravel out (can it handle the gravel?)
Any suggestions of what route to take.
Also, what should I do about my fish during this exercise? I have five good size comets (bought as large feeders early in the year, they are at least 3-4" now), a good size Oranda, and two smaller ones, a ryukin and a sarasa. I don't have a holding tank. I could put them in large buckets, but not sure how long they'd be okay in such a situation?