Is Algae A Bad Thing To Have In A Pond?

Mark Washburn

Algae can be beneficial as it serves as a food source for aquatic animals and can also help to oxygenate the water. However, excessive growth of algae can cause problems such as reducing the amount of oxygen in the water, clogging filters, and creating an unsightly appearance.

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Why Algae Really Isn't Your Problem

Mark Washburn

Algae can be beneficial as it serves as a food source for aquatic animals and can also help to oxygenate the water. However, excessive growth of algae can cause problems such as reducing the amount of oxygen in the water, clogging filters, and creating an unsightly appearance.

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Why Does My Pond Smell Bad?

Mark Washburn

Some ponds may smell bad due to the buildup of organic matter and other debris, which can cause the growth of bacteria and other microorganisms that produce foul-smelling gases like hydrogen sulfide and methane. These gases are commonly referred to as pond gas or pond muck.

The buildup of organic matter in a pond can be caused by a variety of factors, including excessive nutrients (such as from fertilizer runoff or animal waste), dead plant material, and animal waste. When these materials break down, they can create anoxic (low oxygen) conditions in the pond, which promotes the growth of anaerobic bacteria that produce the foul-smelling gases.

Other factors that can contribute to bad odors in a pond include low water levels, stagnant water, and high temperatures. In some cases, the presence of certain types of algae or aquatic plants can also contribute to bad smells.

To prevent bad odors in a pond, it's important to maintain good water quality through regular maintenance practices such as removing debris and excess vegetation, ensuring proper nutrient balance, and promoting oxygenation of the water through aeration. Proper pond management practices can also help to control algae and bacterial growth and promote a healthy and balanced ecosystem.

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What Does Aeration Do For A Pond?

Mark Washburn
Aeration is the process of introducing air into a body of water, and it can be used to improve the overall health and quality of a pond. There have been several studies that have investigated the effects of aeration on ponds, and some of the key findings include:

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Can Pond Aeration Help With High Phosphorus Levels?

Mark Washburn
Pond aeration may be helpful in managing high phosphorus levels in a pond.  Phosphorus, as well as nitrogen, are nutrients that can stimulate aggressive and persistent algae growth which can be hard to manage.

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Algae Management With The Biosphere Pro

Mark Washburn

 

Over the years we've had a lot of good feedback on our Biosphere Pro pond treatment.  This is a unique system that time releases beneficial bacteria into a pond over a full month (35 days actually).  These microbes help to reduce excessive nutrients that feed unwanted growth, and they serve as an excellent, eco-friendly pond cleaner. 

Even though over the nearly 20 years that we've been working with this product, we end up with a lot of happy customers, we've never proactively asked for photos or video of the end result.

Fortunately a few customers like Ben from Southeast Iowa are proactive and decided to take pictures of the pond during the initial treatment phase use the Biospheres.  And he was kind enough to share them with us last week.

In the video you can see the condition of the pond as it start to experience increasing algae growth.  As Ben said, "I had a feeling it was about to take off and wanted to try to keep it from blooming so much."

It looks like in the end, he succeeded, timing his initial treatment to show the gradual (and safe) reduction in the algae bloom...without the use of any chemicals or algaecides.

Learn more about the Biosphere Pro beneficial bacteria for ponds.

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