5 Essential Fish-Friendly Pond Cleaning Products
Ponds are a beautiful feature to have for any property. Keeping them stunning all year instead of becoming an eye sore requires some care. One of the most important times of the year to keep up on a pond’s maintenance is when the weather is warmer. Luckily there are 5 easy to use, fish-friendly products that can help maintain your pond’s natural beauty. Here are a few issues that might affect your pond and some fantastic treatment options we recommend to help.
Problem 1: Weeds
Having some weeds is fine, they are naturally occurring in ponds and are needed for its ecosystem. But an overabundance can cause major issues to the water’s ecosystem. They can become a serious menace and provide breeding grounds for predatory insects. Some aquatic weeds even add a foul smell to the water as they release toxic gasses that cause fish to die.
Solution: Pond Dye
A simple way to stunt the overgrowth of weeds is by reducing light penetration into the water column with pond dye. People everywhere love Organic Pond’s proprietary blend of sun-limiting pond dyes crafted to transform your pond overnight. Pond dye is an integral tool in keeping a pond healthy and safe for people, horses, livestock, birds, pets, fish, wildlife, and the environment. It blocks the wavelengths of light that are necessary for photosynthesis.
Problem 2: Algae
Algae occurs naturally in all ponds; even healthy ponds will always have some algae. But just like weeds, an excess of algae can ruin the ecosystem. Algae blooms are an indication of too many nutrients in the water. Problems with algae usually worsen over time as decomposing algae adds to the nutrient load. This usually leads to noxious odors, pea soup-colored water, and muck build-up.
Phycomycin is effective both as an algaecide, which means it can eliminate existing blue-green algae infestations. It is also a wonderful algaestat, meaning it will prevent the new growth of algae. It works quickly, and neither it nor its byproducts linger in your pond. This OMRI Certified product is used in organic farming, and ponds with sensitive fish. It’s also safe for people, pets, plants, fish, and wildlife.
Problem 3: Stagnant Water
When ponds have no movement to the surface of the water this can cause major issues. Standing water can become a prime breeding ground for biofilms, or a collection of bacteria or fungi. Stagnant ponds often have less oxygen which can lead to aquatic life in your pond perishing. It even is the ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Solution: Aeration Systems
Aeration is key for beautiful, healthy pond water and happy, healthy fish. Farm Ponds, Backyard Ponds, Retention, and Irrigation Ponds all need aeration, which has proven to increase water clarity, reduce odors and muck, as well as eliminate thermal stratification and stagnation. Organic Pond offers Vertex Water Features Pond and Lake Aeration system with Vertex MicronBubble technology that helps add diffused oxygen to the water column. This creates airflow so your pond can breathe.
Problem 4: Muck
Pond muck is made of fish waste, decaying plants, and other organic materials that collect at the bottom of your pond. If muck is not treated it can accumulate to be several inches thick and become a home for leeches. Not only is muck an eye sore, it usually carries a foul smell with it.
Solution: Beneficial Bacteria
Organic Pond’s pureBACTERIA is a simple solution to any pond muck problems. It contains a special blend of naturally occurring bacteria containing four powerful strains that effectively and efficiently digest suspended solids, including decaying organic matter in the water column as well as the muck on the bottom of the pond. It’s easy to use and has no water restrictions for humans or animals.
Overall Health Solution: Clean-Clear-BLUE
Organic Pond has developed a product that can help with your pond’s overall health. Our Clean-Clear-BLUE is a safe and easy-to-use complete pond treatment. This fish-friendly pond cleaning product is a combination of our pureBACTERIA and our pureBLUE Pond Dye. When used monthly, our Clean-Clear-BLUE can clarify and color your water, reduce pond bottom muck, and prevent algae from blooming. The dense dye will block out UV rays and the beneficial bacteria will consume the nutrients that algae need to thrive.
Keeping your pond clean isn’t only nice for the looks, it’s necessary for the safety of the people and animals that are around or interact with the pond. You don’t need to use harsh chemicals that will kill your beautiful fish or make it so you can’t personally enjoy a cool dip in your lake or pond. With our amazing products, you can easily and safely keep your pond clean and looking naturally beautiful.
We treat ponds ourselves and know the issues and difficulties that pond owners face. We have the products and techniques to solve such problems without the concern of harming any wildlife. Organic Pond Owner, Jim Selke is dedicated to helping Homeowners, Property Managers, Businesses, Commercial Contractors, Municipalities & Military Bases with their pond care needs. Call (248) 290-8118 anytime and join our newsletter for tips and discounts!