Pond Management 101

Effective pond management is a balance between REACTIVE and PROACTIVE pond management approaches. Understanding the pros and cons between each will create a healthy and thriving pond that you and your family can enjoy for years to come.

REACTIVE POND MANAGEMENT

  • A short-term pond management solution to control unwanted pond plants before you implement a proactive plan
  • A pond management style where someone only treats their pond when weeds and algae are actively growing in it
  • A quick fix before the PROACTIVE plan has been established

For years, the accepted method of pond care was to wait for a problem, like an algae bloom or weed growth, and then “REACT to it” with a chemical application.

Although algaecides and herbicides work great to control weed and algae growth, this type of REACTIVE pond care provides only an effective short-term solution. It does not address the cause of the problem, excessive nutrients and sunlight.

When weeds and algae die they immediately start to decay, breaking down into a nutrient rich sludge or muck layer. Muck and sludge encourage future algae growth.

While REACTIVE pond care is extremely helpful and in many cases a necessity, it cannot prevent future algae growth. It should not be the only tool in your pond care toolbox.

PROACTIVE POND MANAGEMENT

  • A long-term pond management solution
  • Works by increasing dissolved oxygen and circulating the water in your pond
  • This method boosts efficient beneficial bacteria and reduces excess nutrients
  • It also limits extreme sun exposure
  • These methods are safe for the environment, people and surrounding wildlife

PROACTIVE pond management includes some combination of the following tools: a pond filter, pond aerator, natural bacteria, and/or blue pond dye to reduce your pond’s nutrient load and limit sun exposure.

Fountains and Aeration Systems 

A properly sized and placed floating pond fountain or sub-surface aeration system will provide the dissolved oxygen needed for a healthy pond. These systems will also increase water circulation in the pond’s natural ecosystem.

The increased oxygen and water movement will provide the best possible environment for beneficial bacteria, improving overall water quality and habitat for fish and wildlife.

Beneficial Bacteria for Ponds

While beneficial bacteria exist naturally in just about every aquatic environment, in many cases they cannot keep up with the demand of most ponds and lakes. 

To compensate for most pond’s natural lack of beneficial bacteria, treatments are required. The bacteria in F-50 Bio Pure and Muck Digester, are cultured from common natural aquatic ecosystems found worldwide. Using naturally occurring bacteria not only makes them very effective at nutrient reduction but safe for the environment, people and wildlife.

Pond Dye and Pond Management

Pond dye not only provides a beautiful color to your pond, it is designed to provide a natural shade to your pond to limit the excessive amounts of sunlight your pond receives. Learn a little bit more about pond dye here.