Anyone who has talked with me or listened to me blab on the phone has heard me say “that the 2 best things you can do for your pond are to provide aeration and to add beneficial bacteria”.
It is true and any pond expert will tell you the same thing. The issues that stem for nutrient overload in your pond are what cause all the unsightly algae, weeds and muck – not to mention the odor, fish stress, disease or even fish kill.
Pollutants such as leaves, clippings, fish poop and un-dissolved fish food and fertilizer sink to the bottom and decay, stripping the water of dissolved oxygen. Anaerobic bacteria, which require no oxygen, can thrive in this environment. These bacteria can cause poisonous gases such as hydrogen sulfide, ammonia, and methane to be released. As these gases rise through the water, any remaining oxygen is absorbed causing unpleasant odors and rapid algae growth. This is a leading cause of most fish kills.
Both Aeration and Beneficial Bacteria work to combat breakdown these nutrients, remove sludge and improve water clarity. Providing a clean and healthy pond from top to bottom.
For more information on Aeration and bacteria read this prior blog post. This post contains some excellent links and information for you to review.
I am off my soap box… at least for today
Have a great holiday weekend.