Small Pond with Pond Dye, Bacteria and Heavy Rain

Small pond Added Bacteria

Blue dye bottom left corner, murky water.

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

Small pond 2 days later

2 Days later

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.

Smal pond rained out

2 days After the rain storm

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.

baby pond work

After 5″ rain this washed out too

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.

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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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  • Paloma San Basilio Nov 13, 2015 @ 15:20

    Please tell me the exact name of color & Dye manufacturer you used for the pond photo where right under photo it says: ” 2 Days later”.

    Thank you!

  • Darrell Rhoades Nov 14, 2015 @ 9:05

    The quick answer is that this Pond Dye is our products in Concentrated liquid form, one quart treats an acre. Second part of this article is to show that incoming rain water can wash out pond dye over time. A larger pond would take longer to dilute, wash out than it did in this little pond.

    The longer part of the answer I have on other articles about pond dyes and their color in various ponds. For example a clear pond without suspended solids or clay particles the color would be a darker blue. But if there are particles in the water the color would be different, more on the lighter side as you see in the picture. Additionally the amount of die added to the pond will have a different color as well. For example one quart treat and acre so if we used the same quart on a 1/2 acre pond that 1/2 acre pond would be darker in color.

    For other articles, thoughts and experiences with pond dyes check out these Pond Dye Article out as well. Scroll to the bottom of that page for more links to pond dyes.

    Hope this helps.

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