Let's Learn about Pond Management
Did you know that every pond and lake life cycle have 2 stages?
Stage 1 - Pond has little or no muck accumulation and low nutrients. Aquatic growth is easy to manage. The pond looks great, but this stage usually lasts for only the first 3 to 5 years of the pond’s existence.
Stage 2 - Pond has heavier layers of muck accumulation and excessive nutrients. Aquatic growth becomes excessive and harder to manage.
Problem - Most pond owners that reached Stage 2 and are in a reactive mode to pond management. They wait to see growth before treating it.
Every unaerated pond and lake at least 6’ deep are thermally stratified.
Pond Bottom- Water is colder with lower oxygen levels (anaerobic environment) and is home to most of the toxic gases that accumulate in a pond.
Pond Surface- Water is warmer with higher oxygen levels (aerobic environment) and is home to most of the pond’s fish population.
Problem -Thermal Stratification can contribute to high levels of muck, cloudy water, and is one of the main causes of winter fish kills
Every pond has naturally occurring bacteria. But, is it the right type?
Anaerobic Bacteria (most common)- These non-aggressive bacteria reside primarily below the muck on the pond’s bottom. They consume muck at an extremely slow rate and are responsible for releasing foul-smelling gases, as well as nutrients that feed future plant life. Anaerobic bacteria require no oxygen to thrive.
Aerobic Bacteria (Found in Pond Logic® Natural Bacteria Products) -These aggressive bacteria compete with plants and algae for available nutrients, helping to clear the water and digest muck. This decomposition process leaves nothing more than an odorless gas that escapes out of the water column unnoticed. Aerobic Bacteria do best when high levels of oxygen are present.
Problem - Most ponds only contain high levels of anaerobic bacteria, which create a more difficult environment to adequately manage excessive nutrients and pond muck.
Proactive vs. Reactive Pond Management
Until recently, most pond owners have relied on reactive pond management practices to keep their ponds clear of excessive, unwanted, aquatic growth. They’ve traditionally waited for the problem to appear then treated it chemically. Although sometimes necessary as a management tool, chemical applications can be bandages for the real problem and can actually contribute to the problem by adding more nutrient-rich muck to the pond increasing the overall nutrient load. With the introduction of the Airmax® Ecosystem program, pond owners have now been able to convert to, and rely on, proactive pond management practices. With the use of aeration, 100% natural bacteria and/or pond dyes, they’ve been able to get directly to the source of their problems; excessive nutrients in the water column and muck at the bottom of the pond. By providing microbial competition for the nutrients, they’ve successfully maintained healthy, clear ponds for all to enjoy.