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that whenever we go on-site to do a pond-consultation for someone
we inevitably are asked some very common questions. One of the most
frustrating aspects many pond owners have is dealing with the water
quality issues that arise, sometimes on a yearly basis. The two most
common issues we are asked to remedy is algae blooms and smelly green
Algae that sticks
to pond waterfalls and walls can ruin the esthetic look of a pond
and we have found that there are algaecides that can be used that
will not harm fish or other plants but will get rid of that sticky
hairy mass that sticks to rocks and waterfalls.
We've spent years
trying different formulas and seeing what works and what doesn't.
Anyone who looks for ways of getting rid of problematic algae in their
ponds and reducing the muck and stinky , smelly pond water in their
pond knows that there is no easy method or miracle cure. There are
hundreds of products out there that all claim to be the best natural
bacteria for ponds and many are excellent products but some are watered
down or cut with fillers.
The Pond Report recommends, instead of using often harmful copper
sulfate, that you look at regular use of the following products. They
are excellent at clearing green soupy water and getting rid of that
fluorescent green pond water that can be caused by anything as simple
as runoff from a nearby field to an overfeeding of fish. Of course
having koi, or trout or even those largemouth bass can be a real joy
but be cautious of overfeeding. The use of an automated feeder can
help, we've seen everything from a 300 pound scatter feeder to a small
and quite pretty Koi Cafe to feed fish and these units help by ensuring
the correct amount of food, which acts like a fertilizer in a pond,
In any sized pond the smelly pond water and pond muck that accumulates
is really a pain in the you-know-what! Now I love my in-laws but it
seems that sometimes the hairy filamentous algae and green mats of
horsehair algae are sometimes like Thanksgiving Dinner with the family
of my better half! It never seems to end. But as you've read in our
article on the importance of pond aeration and the ways to control
algae there are fairly cheap ways to have the best natural pond bacteria.
That's why we're here; we're more than just a pretty face!
remove filamentous algae, floating algae, bottom algae or horse hair
Green water and floating
algae are two of the most common pond issues we deal with. Adding
natural bacteria to your pond will help reduce the nutrients that
cause algae and turn the water green. There are some strong herbicides
and chemical algaecides that are required for certain pond weeds and
aquatic plants like duckweed or milfoil.
For the more common filamentous string algae you can use less harsh
treatment of a non-copper granular algaecide. This fast acting algaecide
can kill floating algae within 72 hours or less. After the algaecide
has killed the algae it can be manually removed if it hasn't sunk
to the bottom already. The algae will turn darker and sometimes from
green to brown as it is being eradicated so you will see evidence
that the algaecide is working.
Adding the natural bacteria, either liquid or dry powder, will help
clean up the remnants of the algae that have died so they do not just
sink and accumulate as another form of nutrient. Without adding a
natural bacteria after treating with an algaecide you risk running
in circles always adding more and more algaecide. Adding the pond
bacteria every two weeks or so will maintain your pond and this should
eventually become your only treatment. Having good circulation or
aeration in the pond will help as well.
larger ponds you may add 2 to 5 pounds per acre every two weeks during
the warm summer months. There are several concentrated bacterial blends
available, some with barley straw extract to assist in natural discouragement
of algae blooms. Use these two products together in your pond for
a quick and natural solution
product has been dis-continued. Instead you can use the All
Season Pond Bacteria
product contains several strains of naturally occurring beneficial
bacteria ideal for breaking down and digesting waste commonly
found in pond environments to naturally keep ponds clean,
clear and healthy all year long.
Normal Ponds: Initial Application –1 gallon per surface acre
Maintenance – ½ gallon per month
Slightly Troubled Ponds: Initial Application – 1 gallon per
surface acre Follow Up – ½ gallon per week for 4 weeks Maintenance
– ½ gallon per month
Troubled Ponds: Initial Application – 1 gallon per surface
acre Follow Up – 1 gallon per week for 4 weeks Maintenance
– 1 gallon per month
Season Pond Bacteria
Pond-Vive Bacteria For Ponds and Lakes
Breaks down organic sludge like leaves, dead plants, fish
droppings, fish food, fertilizer and dead algae. Reduces odors.
Harmless to fish, animals and turf plants.
This fast-acting product contains several strains of totally-naturally
occurring beneficial bacteria which begin instantly breaking
down and digesting waste commonly found in pond environments
to naturally keep ponds clean, clear and healthy all year
long, while utilizing pulverized barley straw to eliminate
the need for bulky barley bales, while still providing the
water clarifier benefits of barley straw.
After treating your pond with any sort of algaecide it is
essential to use a natural bacteria to eliminate the dead
algae otherwise it begins to accumulate on the pond floor
and decomposes which will, with sunlight, release nutrients
that cause green smelly water. Using this safe and natural
product will eliminate odors, muck and green water. Safe for
fish, pets, people and plants!
There are natural ways for string algae control that involve a few
simply applications so you don't have to toss in three bales of barley
straw to get your water clear enough to see the bottom
no matter what your neighbor says.
If you want a simple step-by-step guide to getting rid of unwanted
pond algae then here it is:
STEP 2: Bacteria
Can't get easier than that can it! And if you don't have algae then
just go to step 2 and follow the maintenance dosage.
Use a combination of of natural algaecide and then
a beneficial bacteria to clean up the decayed cells that will be left
after the algaecide has destroyed the algae. The recipe we have found
to be most effective involves two basic ingredients: First, apply
the non-hazardous algae killer and then, 72 hours later, begin treating
with natural bacteria to consume the dead algae.
DOES THIS BENEFICIAL BACTERIA DO?
of all I am often asked about the make-up of this bacteria and w hile
most suppliers treat their recipes as if it were the Colonels Secret
Recipe for KFC we can say that these organisms have been deemed appropriate
and safe for use in ponds and lakes by the United Stated Environmental
Protection Agency and the Canadian Environmental Department because
of their beneficial and harmless nature.
You can expect the following benefits:
INCREASED GROWTH AND HEALTH OF FISH - This natural bacteria
mixture is comprised of healthful organisms that are natural food
for aquatic insects. The bacteria multiplies as it feeds on organic
sediment, and insects grow and multiply as they feed on the bacteria.
Fish then feed on the insects and grow rapidly as insects are one
of the best foods for fish.
INCREASED DEPTH - As the bacteria feeds on bottom muck, your
pond or lake will deepen, making a better environment for fish, and
less opportunity for weeds to grow. Cattails and lilies will not gradually
disappear. The beneficial bacteria removes nutrients that many unwanted
aquatic weeds are nourished by. Neither
cattails nor lilies will gradually disappear by using bacteria, indeed
lilies and cattails can provide beauty and add oxygen to a pond
and if cattails are a problem as they can be invasive you should do
manual removal. Bacteria removes the mucky buildup and this this
process is a more economical means of removing organic sediment than
dredging and is much more sustainable!.
ALGAE & ODOR REDUCTION - Filamentous algae, also known as "pond
scum," forms dense hair-like strands that can form thick floating
mats. Its growth begins on submerged objects on the pond bottom. As
it grows, the algae gives off oxygen that becomes entrapped in the
mat of strands. This gives it buoyancy and causes it to rise to the
surface where it frequently covers large areas of the pond. Filamentous
algae is often a persistent problem because it reproduces by plant
fragments, spores and cell division. Treatment with a beneficial bacteria
can solve this problem.
CLEANER SHORELINE - You will begin to see clean sand or gravel
on your shoreline where only muck was present before (if sand or gravel
is present at the shoreline under the muck.)
CONTENTS IN BENEFICIAL BACTERIA - Specialized, preselected,
adapted microorganisms, bio-organic catalysts and microbial growth
stimulants on an inert carrier. Included
species include, but are not necessarily limited to : Bacillus subtilis,
Bacillus licheniformis, Bacillus polymxya, Bacillus circulans, Bacillus
amyloliquifaceans. Barley extract is also included in products listed
to contain barley straw extracts.
Lift Algae Control
Registered - CleanGreen - Pro7
Rating (Our Highest)
CG Pro7 is an alternative to algaecides that utilize either copper
or synthetic chemicals as their active ingredients. Instead of a copper-sulphate
algae killer which also acts on living creatures it is wiser to use
a gentler approach. CG Pro7 is a granular product that attacks planktonic
and filamentous algae on contact. Through the power of oxidation,
the treated algae die within hours of being treated. CG
Pro7 is a non copper based granular algaecide
that works quickly to control string algae and other types of pond
algae. CG Pro7
is an algae killer that works on contact to kill algae and help keep
ponds clean all year long.
This is a non-hazardous
algae killer that is safe for fish, birds and pets once added to the
water. CG Granular Algaecide begins working to control algae within
60 seconds of application, with visual results in 24-48 hours.
Once you have treated your pond with the required dosage of the algaecide
you may notice your algae may appear to get worse! This is, of course,
quite a shock to anyone who has purchased a algae control product
but it is one of the way that the pesky algae almost wants to have
a last laugh with us! As the algae becomes starved from lack of nutrients
or begins to suffer the poisonous effects of the granular algaecide
then it will often turn dark and float to the surface causing large
black mats sometimes of thick dark green algae. Don't worry...this
is normal and the pond will clear up. A pond is surely one system
where the saying "It will get worse before it gets better"
really applies! We've said before patience is a virtue with your pond!
After that you have added the algaecide it is time to add a natural
safe bacteria to to then devour the dead and decaying algea cells
that sink to the bottom. There are many brands of on the market including
BactaPUR, Bacterius, PRO Formula Pond Cleaner, Aquaspheres, BarleyBac,
BioBac, Nature's Pond Conditioner, Pond Care Pack, AquaClearer Extreme
Dry & Liquid, and the list goes on and on.
Granted many of our friends from around the world in our travels have
had good results with these products and our philosophy is is that
if the shirt fits then wear it! We have chosen the best natural pond
bacteria product to recommend when we do our on-site consultations.
When used in the correct dosages and and when following our guidelines
for aeration the results have been 100% successful.
These days it seems that there is more and more talk of bacteria and
friendly cultures and the beneficial strains of harmless single-celled
miracle working creatures that can literally save the world! Of course
it's great to know ow that our yogurt is enriched with some sort of
bacillus that will sit in our guts and cause a blooming rainbow flora
within us! Heck, I'm even hearing that toothpaste full of living bacteria
is coming and while I may be somewhat open-minded I still don't know
if I want to have creepy crawlies on my electric toothbrush! But my
point is this; in the last 15 years I've been a professional pond
consultant I've seen some truly dramatic results using our friendly
ancestors from the Earth!
results I mean seeing a eutrophic pond that has gone from a decrepit
swamp and a mud infested stinking mess into a vibrant and healthy
ecosystem. I have literally seen lakes reverse from what looked like
an impossible comeback where a bright green, scummy stinky pond returned
to her original, or "Oligotrophic",
state. No "Oligotrophic
State" that is not an unknown State of the Union that we have
rarely visited; the Oligotrophic
state is a technical term describing a healthy pond which according
to the definition are ponds and lakes that are have generally clear
water, are fairly deep in relationship to the diameter of the pond
and free of weeds or large algae blooms.
Though such ponds are beautiful and the crystal waters are desirable,
they are often low in nutrients and do not support very large fish
populations well. With the proper aeration and bacterial treatment,
or what my daughter calls the "vitamin pill for the pond",
a properly managed oligotrophic lakes can develop a food chain capable
of sustaining large game fish such as trouts and bass species.
lakes, on the other hand, are very high in nutrients and support a
large biomass (all the creatures, rooted and footed, living in a lake).
They are usually either extremely weedy or subject to frequent algae
blooms, or both. Eutrophic lakes often support large fish populations,
but are also susceptible to oxygen depletion, which is why we often
recommend installing a proper aeration/circulation system in any pond
that has reached this stage especially if we are considering the algaecide
and bacterial treatment.
shallow, eutrophic lakes are especially vulnerable to experience winterkill
which can reduce the number and variety of fish, another reason why
an aerator, which allows gassing off and maintains an opening in the
ice on a pond is recommended.
Mesotrophic lakes lie between the oligotrophic and eutrophic stages.
Fairly absent of any oxygen in late summer, the hypolimnions of such
aquatic systems limits the survivability of cold water fish and causes
annual phosphorus cycling from sediments.
Ok...well that was a bit of a detour down the scientific winding road
and I hope your eyes haven't glassed over just yet! We still wanted
to describe our natural bacteria choices and why we feel they are
the best available.
Our beneficial pond bacteria mixtures (available in both liquid and
dry varieties) are a unique formulation of beneficial living microorganisms
that actually feed on organic sediment (muck) that builds-up at the
bottom of ponds and lakes. Leaves fall, fish poop, and plants and
grass fertilizers get into the pond creating an organic load that
includes enough chemical and natural nutrients to turn any pond into
a smelly green mess riddled with floating mats of gelatinous algae!
- The Natural Way
bacteria for ponds
If the pond is small enough just the best way to remove the weeds
or plants is to manually remove it day by day, hour after hour, until
there is none left. Of course it is really tough to completely eradicate
the problem but you can keep it under control just like keeping the
dandelions out of the vegetable garden!
You need a net with a long handle or a good quality aquatic rake to
harvest this pond weed if you want to deal with this problem naturally
or you can look into some carp species that will eat aquatic plants.
2 - The Chemical Way
herbicides and pond weed killers
Aquatic algaecides and herbicides are very effective at controlling
unwanted invasive pond species. You should understand that such algae
problems, well...it's not really an algae but an aquatic weed plant,
if they are treated with herbicides can lead to a dependency or resistance
and scientists generally agree that chemical selection pressure that
is applied applied to aquatic weed populations for a long enough period
of time eventually leads to resistance. This means that while the
chemical pond weed killer may work quickly and effectively for the
first few years, unless you are adding a positive treatment with aeration
and natural beneficial bacteria you will just be "chasing the
dragon" so to speak!
natural organisms that are the derivative ingredients of pond bacteria
are actually already there found in the woods slowly feeding on dead
leaves, bark, weeds and other decomposing matter. You should have
thought of harvesting the decaying material in your backyard had you
known it was full of something that pond owners would pay for! The
key is to boost the natural level of microbes in the pond to out-compete
the nutritional needs of the algae.
the favorable strains will literally choke out the unwanted growth
because they both eat the same nutrients in the muck! So by applying
a mixture that wants to sink into the pond sediments and consume it
you can literally eliminate your surface alage...sure it takes time
but you should see the pimple behind my ear...that has taken over
three weeks of care and it still hasn't disappeared!
If you are lucky enough to live in the country, when you take a stroll
through the woods, you unknowingly step on as many as 300 Million
of these wee organisms with every size-9 step. Our recommended bacterial
products are comprised of healthful and pathogen free organisms that
are, at various times in their life cycle, natural food for aquatic
insects that hover and nest on the pond. The bacteria multiplies as
it feeds on the organic sediment, and frenzied insects grow at the
new buffet-table and multiply as they feed on the bacteria that is
literally ecstatic at the organic load it has to consume!
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