The Pond Bacteria we are talking about are beneficial for the pond, doesn’t harm the environment, wildlife in and around the pond and doesn’t even harm us if we went swimming. These beneficial bacteria’s are found in and around the pond naturally (but not near enough to keep up with the ponds needs) so we go as far as packaging them up in easy to use dissolvable bags since they are in a powder form which has the most count of bacteria you can get in one media, more than a liquid and more than the pills, block or pellets.
What does Pond Bacteria do? This leads us to another question; do You have muck, excess nutrients, odor or murky water? Our pond clarifier is a special blend which contains strains of cold water bacteria and warm water bacteria so we have the pond covered year round. Our formulation contains multiple Pseudomonas cultures, as well as Bacillus cultures. It also contains beneficial enzymes and a growth nutrient.
Here’s the breakdown of WhatPond’s Beneficial Pond Bacteria”
- Eliminates Murky Water: Water clarity is accomplished as the pond bacteria in these blocks eliminate dead and decaying organic wastes, which accumulate as suspended solids, causing murkiness in the pond water. As these organic wastes are removed, water clarity drastically increases.
- Eliminates Bottom Sludge (Muck): The formulation will also eliminate bottom sludge (the accumulation of decaying plants, grass clippings, leaves, fish wastes, and other organic waste materials).
- Nutrient Reduction: This formulation will eliminate toxic ammonia & nitrite, as well as excess problem-causing nutrients such as nitrate & phosphate from pond water.
- Odor Control: This formulation will also provide odor control by eliminating the build-up of dead and decaying organic wastes, which are the source of these odors.
Working with beneficial pond bacteria is not a one and done type treatment but more of a consistent application to keep the bacteria thriving in the pond to do its job. A quick example of this is a sparkler you may use on holidays. Once it lights you have an awesome looking sparkler for a while until it goes out. Same with the bacteria’s, toss the easy to apply packets in the pond, they get to work, multiply like crazy and then die down. This is why we suggest a bi-weekly treatment to keep the populations up and remove more muck and nutrients
Another look at the application of pond bacteria is the amount and placement of the packets. Some brands use larger packets for a quick easy application but WhatPond’s bacteria packets are one ounce. The recommended treatment is 4 pounds per acre; our one acre 25 lbs bucket contains (50) 8 ounce packets and would use 8 packets per one treatment.
Let’s say you have a ¼ acre pond, then it would only be two 8 ounce packets for the pond treatment, where would you put only two packets? Once we drop to the ¼ and ½ acre kit we use one ounce packets, this way when treating a ¼ acre pond you’ll have 16 packets to toss in more evenly around the pond. Have a troubled spot or area you walk in and out of the pond, like a beach, then throw a few extra in that area.
WhatPond has the Pond Bacteria that is right for your pond. It doesn’t matter if your pond is a 1,000 gallon or an acre we have a kit for you. Check out our Koi Pond and Water Garden Kits.