The Pond Log is a very unique item for the pond. Actually the pond log is for the pond water clarity removing up to 75% of nutrients from the pond water. The added bonus is remove fine particles such as clay and phosphorous allow us to see much deeper into the pond. Be sure to watch the video below.
As the pond log dissolves it floats throughout the water column and collects the phosphorous, fine particles and continues to collect until the attracted particle become heavy enough to sink to the bottom of the pond.Below are a few questions and answers about the Pond Log. Be sure to watch the video at the bottom as well.
What is a polymer?
Polymer is a generic term used many times for Polyacrylamide. Polyacrylamide (PAM) is what is used to make Pond Logs. There is cationic PAM which is positively charged and anionic PAM which is negatively charged. This is important because cationic PAM can attach to the gills of fish and cause them to suffocate. Anionic PAM is negatively charged and does not attach to the gills of fish because fish gills are negatively charges, they repel.
What does the pond log do?
The Pond Log binds together the excess nutrients in the water column, therefore, removing the food source for algae causing it to starve.
How does it work?
The Pond Log works kind of like a magnet picking up metal shavings. As the Pond Log dissovles the blend of PAMs is released into the water column, the PAMs are sticky and bind together the excess nutrients in the pond.
What happens as it is working?
As the water moves over and around the Pond Log, it begins to dissolve. Depending on the flow of the water the Pond Log can last from a few weeks to months. The faster the water is moving the shorter the life span and the opposite is also true.
Storage when the season is over?
If the season is over and the Pond Log has not fully dissolved, then pull it from the pond and allow it to dry for a day or two. Once it is dry it can be stored in a trash bag out of direct sunlight. You do not want to put a wet Pond Log in a plastic bag because you will never be able to get it out.
Also for the smaller ponds and water features is the Pond Zinger. Again we need to have moving water like a waterfall, fountain or aeration to distribute the Zinger out thru the water to be cleared.
Download, print and fill out the Pond Log Sampling form.
Checking water clarity can be done using a Compact Secchi Disc new by WhatPond.