So my pond has been a monumental struggle, and it seems like everything we did could not help. It was just dirty, cloudy, and mucky. Our solution was to just empty it and start over. We did water changes, vacuumed it, threw money at it left and right with chemicals and cleaning tools - it was exhausting! Then this morning I woke up and it was completely clear!
I thought this was so much like getting out of debt. You struggle, throw money at it, get frustrated, make mistakes, sometimes just want to throw in the towel and start over...but eventually after all that work, you'll wake up and it'll all be clear!
Hard work does pay off. Becoming debt free is hard work. You are going to struggle. It is not going to be fun. But the end result? It is all worth it.