Benefits of Having Organically Clean Ponds
By Clifford Woods
Anyone who has a pond wishes there was some easy way to clean it out. It smells bad, so you have to clean it out occasionally to keep it healthy for any fish, so they do not get sick and die.
Even if the pond has a filter, other gadgets and products from the store, there are still going to be times when you need to clean out the pond. Ponds tend to become the most polluted parts of the environment quite often. Due to polluted water in lakes and rivers, freshwater ponds attract insects and other little creatures, which make the pond even dirtier and also turn it into a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
So, cleaning a pond is not only needed for providing a healthy environment for garden animals, such as frogs or toads, insects and your fish, but also to keep the population of mosquitoes under control. Ponds that are built well and are in harmony with nature will need less maintenance.
Something that ponds do benefit from is organic pond cleaning. This is a method that is beneficial to the health of the fish, as no harsh chemicals are used and the waste that is taken out has many other uses. The use of chemicals also drops the quality of the water making it hazardous for humans as well. In order to have organic healthy ponds; it is essential that only organic pond cleaners are used, as it can keep the ponds clean without any risk to all the life that lives there.
The pond does need to be cleaned at least once a year with the fall or spring being the best time, as the water is cooler during those months and the fish adapt better. If the pond smells bad, you have waited too long. If cleaning the pond is done on a regular basis, it will not get to the point where it might get smelly.
Move the fish to a water tank while cleaning or if you have several ponds, you can just move the fish to another pond. This makes it easier on the fish. You need a brush that is nylon for cleaning the sides of the pond. With the nylon brush, there will probably not be any need for harsh cleaners.
The silt that is on the bottom of the pond can be scraped up and be used in the garden as mulch. This silt is great for gardens and plants, and will make your garden soil really healthy. Another benefit is that this keeps all the essential minerals in the pond for the health and protection of the fish.
Cleaning your pond and using only organic pond cleaners, makes organic healthy ponds for your fish and also contributes towards a safer environment for any adults or children spending time in the yard. With pets, quite frequently drinking the pond water, the pond water will be safe for them too.
There are many ways to contribute towards a safer and healthier environment for all of us to live our lives and cleaning your fish pond organically on regular basis can be one of them.
Keeping Ponds Clean With Effective Algae Control
A large number of pond owners are misconceived when it comes to the presence of algae in aquatic structures. The problem occurs where the algae is growing prolifically often distorting the color and the texture of the water. A poor quality of water can actually stress and stunt the growth of fish and therefore understanding ways of keeping your pond clean and fresh can create a balanced ecosystem.
Where the water quality is not maintained, ammonia levels will be on the rise impacting on the health of fish. In a large number of cases, it will result in poor gill function and an inability for the Koi to breathe. Apart from the devastating impact on fish, the presence of large amounts of algae can create an unattractive looking feature.
It is important to implement methods that will keep the correct balance of both algae and bacteria so that a healthy ecosystem is maintained. Where matter and waste are allowed to collect in the bottom of the pond, the oxygen content eventually decreases, which means that beneficial bacteria or microorganisms are unable to control for high levels of ammonia and nitrites. Even the application of a pump or filter to aerate the water will prove ineffective.
Increased exposure to sunlight during the warmer months creates the ideal conditions for algae growth. The key is to manage the amount of waste entering water in order to control ammonia and nitrite levels. The implementation of aquatic bacteria to break down the high organic content safely and naturally can prove most successful.
Be sure to avoid placing large number of aquatic plants, twigs, branches and similar objects in the water as this will breakdown over time increasing the nutrient rich content in the pond. With effective microorganisms and aeration systems in place the bacteria will begin to eat the extra nutrients and muck settling in the bottom of ponds for clearer water. Where you are able to reposition plants to provide shade and clean out filters, it may give the beneficial bacteria an opportunity to repopulate.
There are many products available to add the necessary microorganisms to the pond. Once these have been added it will work to decrease ammonia and nitrates and increase the overall oxygen content. The result is a drastic reduction in the presence of algae as all organic content is broken down without any harm to the fish present in the water.
Should the water turn a brown color, clear the area of all debris and leaf matter that may have fallen into the pond and settled on the bottom. The addition of suitable microorganisms will allow for acceleration in the break down of any remaining leaf or organic matter. Over time you will also notice the water beginning to clear and reduce the collection of sediment.
To keep your pond looking clean, fresh and have no algae present with beneficial microorganisms it is important to exercise regular maintenance. This includes cleaning filters, checking aeration systems and introducing beneficial bacteria. This will enhance the desired microorganism populations and the breakdown of excess waste.
Controlling Algae Naturally in Your Pond
By Clifford Woods
You have two choices in dealing with algae in your pond and that is with chemicals or naturally.
Chemical methods are fine if you there are no living creatures or plants in your pond because algaecide and chemicals will kill any and all life in the water. Normally chemicals would be used in a swimming pool or perhaps outdoor fountains, any water feature that does not have plants and or fish in them.
The natural way works with Mother Nature, not against her. You could use plants and fish, or good bacteria that would create and maintain a healthy well balanced ecosystem.
Algae itself is a plant, it needs nutrients and light to grow so when you add plants to your pond they directly compete for the nutrients available. Add enough plants and you naturally minimize the nutrients available to the algae.
- Over feeding your fish. Fish food that is not digested by the fish is the main pollutant in many ponds. Fish eat many things in the pond and that includes algae. Too much food for the fish increases waste and provides nutrients that feed the algae. When the algae goes on an over population bloom reduce or eliminate feeding until it is under control.
- Reduce sunlight penetration: Cover at least half of the surface area of your pond with plants. Water that is not covered is much more difficult to keep in balance than ponds filled with healthy plants.
- Add bacteria: healthy colonies of beneficial bacteria are a crucial part in ensuring a naturally balanced pond. When cooler water temperatures are present add more and during the warmer months add less.
- Keep the water moving: pulling water from one end of the pond and then filtering it before it returns at the opposite end will greatly improve water quality. Oxygen is added to the water as it is circulated.
- Water run-off from lawns and surrounding gardens can overload the pond with nutrients and that is not good for the life in your pond. Create a run off or add a drain tile.
- Decaying leaves and or plant debris will also create excess nutrients in your pond. You must manually take out the dead and decaying plants and their leaves. Skimmer are by far the most efficient and easiest way to keep your pond free of debris.
- Water change: A partial water change (10-30%) every month or month and a half may also help reduce excess nutrients in some situations.
My All Natural, No-Chemical Pond Never Turns GreenBy Clifford Woods"My all-natural, no-chemical pond never turns green" is a statement made by our Founder's wife about their pond. She uses Pond Magician and Magic Sinkers all-year-round!This astonishing statement got me curious! I knew the products worked; but never turns green? This I had to find out more about. So, being naturally curious I asked her how they did it. She explains how they keep their pond fresh and clean all-year-round with naturally organic products.No Chemicals tips for a clean, naturally organic pond that you and your fish will love!The first point is NEVER put any chemicals what-so-ever in your pond. They damage the environment; destroy natural vegetation and they can HARM your fish! If you are currently using chemicals, it is strongly recommend that you cease using them. At the very least, they are not safe for the environment.No Ultra Violet Lights - ever. Ultra Violet light does reduce the bacteria in the pond; however, the UV cannot tell the difference between the good bacteria and the bad ones. Because of this, a UV light kills the friendly bacteria in the Pond and in the Pond Magician - right along with the bad guys!Use your dechlorinator. If your water is chlorinated or every time you add fresh water to your pond; dechlorinate. Chlorine is not good for the microbes in the Pond Magician.No sludge build-up! Because she uses Pond Magician - about once every 6 weeks or so, no black, stinky, smelly sludge builds up on the bottom of the pond.When asked to elaborate on the pond itself, she said we have a 2500 gallon pond and that she always uses Pond Magician, at the recommended dosages, every 6 weeks or so, ALL-YEAR-ROUND!Pond Magician cleans ponds, helps to control algae by "competitive exclusion" of harmful bacteria, all the while enhancing the whole environment of your pond. It is a natural organic pond cleaner that cleans ponds, lakes, fresh & salt water aquariums and because of it's probiotic value, it benefits your fish and plants as it works.Pond Magician is very easy to use! Just pour it into the pond straight from the bottle. Pour a little at a few places around the edge of the pond or pour it into the stream or waterfall if you have one. The idea is to get the product evenly dispersed in the pond. You can also spray it onto the pond surface with a garden sprayer. This helps if you have a lot of surface algae.Using Pond Magician, at the recommended dosages, all-year-round (every 6 weeks or so) and keeping your pond dechlorinated whenever you add fresh water, will give you:
- happy fish
- thriving and beautiful plants
- no green water
- a clean, healthy, beautiful pond all-year-round!
The Value of Clean Ponds to the Environment
By Clifford Woods
Environment has remained the most neglected entity in the world throughout history with industrialists and businessmen totally forgetting that they live in a world, which they share with other creatures. This neglect of the surroundings we live in has resulted in severe consequences for us humans in the present day and age, which are going to affect our future generations as well.
It is for this reason that people nowadays have started putting the environment above everything else. Business corporations and industries have started paying attention to the ecological system and are trying to find out ways to limit the pollution and to preserve our natural resources.
Why Is Cleaning a Pond so Necessary? Ponds are among the environments most polluted components. This is why finding a clean pond has become a rarity nowadays. All the polluted water from the factories and industries is dumped in these lakes, which has caused these freshwater havens for many creatures to become unclean and the breeding ground for mosquitoes and other insects. Thus, cleaning a pond is not only necessary for providing a healthy environment for useful garden animals like frogs and toads but also for keeping the population of mosquitoes under control.
How to Clean a Pond: For cleaning a pond, the use of an organic cleaner has proven to be vital for the safety of the other animals living in the pond. An inorganic chemical used as a cleaner can prove to be harmful for the aquatic life that lives there and can severely damage their population. Moreover, the use of chemicals also lowers the quality of the water and makes it unsafe for humans as well. Therefore, in order to clean a pond, it is vital that only the use an organic cleaner should be attempted, as it would keep the pond clean without posing any threat to the aquatic life that lives there.
Environmental Benefits of Clean Ponds: A clean pond can be of great value to the environment. Not only does a pond make the atmosphere cleaner and provide water and a breeding place for many animals, it also provides people a chance to enjoy nature in its purest form.
In addition to this, clean ponds are great substitutes for gardens and since they have no grass they do not need to be mowed every few days, thus they save a lot of electricity that would have been used in mowing the lawns.
Another great environmental benefit of a clear pond is that its underwater soil is nutrient rich and can be used as natural fertilizer for in-door plants, thus saving a person the need to use chemical fertilizer for nourishing his plants. As the ponds do not require as much water because of their ability to store water from rainfall, they keep the water consumption down and help in saving water as well.
It is because of these amazing environmental benefits that ponds are considered an important constituent of our ecological system and are of great value to us. Having a clean clear pond is a blessing for a community or a household as it keeps the natural balance and provides a soulful place for the people to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.
Therefore, if you want to enjoy the ecological benefits that a clean pond can provide then always remember to use organic pond cleaners in your pond.