Four steps for maintaining a healthier and cleaner large pond or lake.
Aeration in a pond provides many benefits. A well-aerated pond will have less algae growth. It will also reduce odors caused by anaerobic conditions. There are many ways to help aerate any pond. Waterfalls or commonly used floating
fountains will provide some aeration. However, to truly maximize your aeration a Lake
Bed Aerator is best. As the name implies, a lake bed aerator provides aeration at the bottom of the lake. These operate with an air compressor located at the pond edge pushing air to diffusers at the lake bottom. As the air column rises it increases the dissolved oxygen levels of the water and also disrupts stratification. Stratification occurs when the deep water is undisturbed. The deep areas become severely lacking in oxygen. Decaying organics produce toxins. If you have ever been swimming in a lake, you probably have noticed a level where the water suddenly gets much colder. This is the thermocline. When the thermocline is broken, the bottom toxins are released. When this happens suddenly in a lake where the toxicity has grown, it can result in massive fish kills. With lake bed aeration stratification should not occur and there will be no thermocline.
Natural bacteria such as is contained in products such as Microbe
Lift PBL are extremely beneficial. The bacteria break down muck and sludge and reduce the nutrient load in the water, thus reducing algae and aquatic weeds. Reduced sludge levels greatly improve water quality with the lake water. The bacteria will also greatly reduce odors from the pond. Neglected water features may benefit from the stronger Microbe
Lift Sludge Away. All these bacteria are aerobic which means their effectiveness is limited in a pond that is not well aerated.
Pond dye simply limits the sunlight penetrating
the water, thereby reducing growth of algae and aquatic weeds.
Many people also just like the more reflective appearance of the
water when pond dye is used. Pond dye is available in either blue or black.
This is natural plant filtration to remove nutrients in the water. There are many ways to add plant life to an earth-bottom pond. The use of floating
islands allows easier control of growth and will utilize more nutrients
than plants that are planted into the soil. Many types of plants
can be planted in the floating islands. They can use many aquatic
marginal plants, and normal terrestrial plants. Hibiscus is a plant that
does well in floating islands and is excellent for nutrient reduction.
We also like Water
Willow and Water
Snowball. There are countless other
plants that will help reduce nutrient and improve the beauty of the water