Blue Pond Dye

Pond water sample

Blue Pond Dye is the most used and popular color in pond dyes. Why? There’s a couple few reasons why the blue is more popular. Yes there are other colors of pond dye like Black , Black &  Blue mix but the Blue is the most forgiving.

I know it seems I’m obsessed with Pond Dye but wait, maybe so maybe not but what I do want to do is get it all explained since there are some lingering questions since the last Pond Dyes post.

Natures Blue Pond Dye will color the water in almost any case of water quality while Black Dyemond and Twilight blue may not have the same results in producing there intended color. (Left image is, Two different pond water samples. The right bottle is turbid and settled out. The left bottle from a clear pond.)

turbid pond water, clay

Here’s what happens, the blue dye when poured into a turbid body of water, whether it be from suspended clay particles or excessive algae will still color the water. If in fact your having an algae bloom, the pond may look a little fake blue until the algae has had time to suffocate from the blocked sunlight.

If the pond water is turbid from suspended clay particles then the water color may have a different shade of blue until the clay settles out or the clay can be flocked out. (Right Image, Right bottle shaken, showing the clay particles suspended in the water. Both bottles are from ponds treated with Black .)

Using Black  Pond Dye in a pond with suspended clay not much happens. The color could turn a little greenish or more of a chocolate milk look. The only way I can explain this is to think of kitty littler, it is made from clay. The clay will soak up the liquids and the black dye seems to be soaked up as well.

clay settled out

As you can see in the left  shows the small amount of clay that can cloud up the pond but there are other particles that can do this as well such as an algae bloom.

The bottle on the right had a reading of 8″ with the Compact Secchi Disc, on the left the reading was almost 20″ and the Black shows great in the pond.
Stay tuned as we uncover Eco Friendly ways to clear up the cloudy pond water and take a minute to look at the Compact Sechi Disc. A WhatPond exclusive product just released.

About the Author: Darrell Rhoades is the founder of A one man business, works full time in tool & die. It all started when he built his own pond for the family. Ran into pond issues and started the research with pond suppliers and conferences for pond management. He writes about pond building and pond management and sells pond management supplies, aeration & fountains and Practical hands on experiences at . No physical store, but has items in stock.

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  • Douglas Hosler Apr 24, 2012 @ 14:23

    I am looking for a pond dye that will give me more of a color of, let’s call it Caribbean water. I see you have 3 colors to choose from. What do you think would give me this result. Pond is about 1 / 4 acre and approx. 16 feet deep.
    Thanks in advance,
    Douglas Hosler

  • Darrell Rhoades Apr 24, 2012 @ 21:10

    Hi Douglas, I’m guessing your looking for something like a turquoise color? The only one that will give you a bluish color will be the Natures Blue. In water with good clarity it will color it more blue. If the water has clarity issues like suspended clay particles it would lighten up the color similar to the header picture at the top of the site. Twilight Blue is simply a mixture of Black Dyemond and Natures Blue giving the water more of a natural water color, darker than the Natures Blue. Thank You for asking, hope this helps.

  • Wanda Rhoades May 1, 2012 @ 5:33

    This is my Oasis…. Love my pond and its color… Cant wait to feed my Fishies.. The twins, giraffe, Spot, Whittie, Sharkie,Cream Cycle, Dot and many more.

    Love to have bonfires and picnics at

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