Water gardens need care, especially in spring. So, just what chemicals, also called water treatments, should you use in your fish pond?
All these items are helpful to the pond owner and are used at different times, depending on your location, sun exposure, fish load, plants used etc. Here is a quick review of the different types of water treatments available. (This list is NOT exhaustive!)
1. Cleaning products such as waterfall and rock cleaner. These help break down algae or muck, leaves, and debris.
2. Water chemistry products. These products help change the pH, detoxify chlorine, neutralize ammonia, and detoxify and chelate heavy metals that can harm pond fish or plants. Some, like Aquascape's Pond Detoxifier, even change those toxins into useful fertilizers for your water garden plants!
3. Beneficial Bacteria products. A big part of natural ponds is the invisible partner- beneficial bacteria. If your pond has a balanced ecosystem, your pond and fish and plants will grow and help each other in the process. Beneficial bacteria help break down debris, fish waste, and other junk. Some bacteria work in cold water and some work in warmer water. These helpful organisms help keep your pond water clean and clear!
SPRING WATER TREATMENTS:
In addition to water treatments, clean your pond! Doing some early spring work will save you time and energy later in the season. If you don't have time to clean your backyard pond, give us a call. One-time cleaning, monthly, or yearly maintenance packages are available for pond owners in the Minneapolis and St. Paul metro area.
Jeff Chudek has been building ponds and waterfalls professionally since 2005. As a kid, his favorite time of year was spring, because the spring thaw created so much mud and puddles, and all the trees and plants were waking up. He loves figuring out the best way to use something, and fixing things that are broken. He's good at coming up with ideas, and helping choose the best idea for you.