A pond is a dynamic and ever-changing attraction that will add a new level of excitement and wonder to your backyard. The sound of moving water, and the sparkle of life will rejuvenate your environment, and provide a sense of calm and tranquility. That being said sometimes your pond needs some TLC and we have the products you need to keep the water in your pond not only clear but healthy as well. Here are Rolf’s favorite tips and products to do just that:
Submerged Grasses: Perhaps one of the most overlooked, but arguably the most important plant in your pond are the submerged grasses. Although not usually sought after for their stunning good looks, they do an incredible job of keeping the quality of your water in balance. The fine textures and large surface areas allow these plants to absorb excess nutrients that are in your water. Think of these grasses as competition for algae. There are two potted varieties Anacharis and Cabomba, then a free floating one called Hornwort. We suggest using one plant for filtration per 50 gallons of water.
Zip helps keep the population of good nitrifying bacteria and manyfaculative ones efficiently breaking down organics and running the nitrogen cycle to keep the water quality high for the health of the fish and other pond organisms. We use it weekly for the first couple of months and then every 3-4 weeks depending on the fish population-the more fish the more frequent the dosages. It’s all natural and totally safe.
MuckOff is another bacterial based product with enzymes and catalysts that function well in the lower oxygenated areas of a pond (the bottom) and helps digest the organics that settle down there. In water gardens we recommend netting out large leaves and twigs as it takes bacteria a very long time to break these down. (the manufacturer originally developed this product for large earthen pond environments where it’s impractical to net these items out and you need to rely on bacteria to take care of it over time)
Phos-X is an activated clay particle that absorbs phosphates very efficiently. String algae thrive on phosphate(remember the ads for detergents claiming “phosphate free”?-it was to keep string algaes from thriving in waste water going into rivers). Use it and you will not have to use:
Algaway 5.4 very often. In general the more mature the pond that is well supplemented with good bacteria the less algae. That being said there will be some very desirable algaes that will still grow on the hard surfaces in the pond. These are GOOD for the pond environment and it’s health.
Even a well maintained and balanced pond can experience some string algae outbreaks, most commonly in the spring when there is heavy pollen drop from trees(these trees do not have to be in your backyard to cause this-think of our yellow windshields many days in the spring. Use Algaway as needed according to label directions. The string algae will shortly look like it has been bleached and then start breaking down. Prior to treating if some large mats of string algae have snuck up on you net them out, then treat and let all the good bacteria do the rest of the work for you in breaking things down.
Mostly, sit back, let nature do the work and enjoy your pond!