Here we go again with pond Dye. We’ve talked before how it can beautify your pond from the green or brownish color from too many leaves or algae blooms to a natural blue or rich black color similar to the Canadian Lakes.
Recently I tried out our super concentrated pond dye along with our New Pond Clarifier beneficial bacteria that reduces muck, smells and murky water, in a pond that we are slowly building which isn’t finished and found how fast the dye could be depleted in the event of a rain storm.
Again the pond is not finished so about half the pond is a spillway
letting everything out as fast as it comes in. Eventually we’ll get it finished and have an outlet pipe to control the amount of water leaving the pond.
Any ways I was putting dye in the bigger ponds and thought hey let’s put a little in the baby pond and toss a couple Pond Clarifier Packets in too. The result where amazing color and clarity, that is until the heavy rains came and washed it out. It was a lot of rain and the pond is only 2 ½ to 4’ deep.
But on the larger ponds it really takes a lot of rain to wash the dye out because there is many more gallons of colored water and depending how heavy or rich you added the pond dye the entire depth of the pond could be colored to the bottom. So it will take much more time and rain to wash it out.
The whole idea with this new baby pond is to capture more water, grow and store aquatic plants using the plants as a filter to clean the water before entering the big pond, sort of like a bio filter. The reason we are using more water for the big pond is the drought last year sort of scared us and looking for more ways to get more water and have a place to store a few plants to sell locally.
This year we’ve been slammed with rain events and have plenty of water. Each time I would dye the pond we’d have a huge storm and flush the dye right out, but not wasted since it drains into the big pond now.
It finally dried up a little bit so we got to work and and built the side up a bit sort of like a dam on the two sides in order to get the pipe in to let the excess water flow to the big pond. More one that in another post.