Pond Management

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cattailsIf you just built a pond or bought property with a pond, learn more about Pond Management. Where to start and what to do.

With everything in life we want fast results, fast foods, fast service, and instant satisfaction. With Pond Management about the only thing that happens fast  is adding pond dye or a fountain for a new look, feel, sound or appearance. Even adding pond dye takes some time to work its way into the water column. I usually use a shovel or boat paddle to help speed up the process.

From the start Pond Management should be worked into the design and planning stage of building a pond. Too many times we have a great idea to build a pond but the days of “let’s dig a hole and fill it with water” are changing. Because after the hole is dug…water fills it…and we enjoy our perfect pond for a year or so then the problems start. Arrg why is my water green and what is the green hair like stuff that seems never ending while raking out? Looks nasty and here we go raking it out sometimes on a daily basis. Even the few plants we may have planted or have been transferred to our pond are now taking control. They’re everywhere, in one aspect they are good for the fish habitat but in recreation we are being choked out of our pond.

This is the stage when we are fed up and either turn our backs or simply walk away from the mess and give up on our place elodeaof relaxation, enjoyment and investment. Or we could take a  Re-Active approach to pond management. There is a problem, then react to it manually or with chemical. Yes this helps but only for a short time and the problem is back…what’s going on? Raking out can leave pieces or part of the problem behind which over time grows back again. Same with chemical treatments, if a successful treatment is applied it seems the problem went away. But actually it only died and sank to the bottom of the pond, now in a form of breaking down, creating nutrients and muck that could be back next year even later the same year.

algae and weedsPond management doesn’t stop at Re Active management, there is another step to follow up with and it is Pro Active Pond Management. The best method is Pond Aeration and is the workhorse, main ingredient in the Pro Active Pond Management line up. You see oxygen is what helps us breathe, of course, but also the pond needs to breathe and have plenty of oxygen to help control even eliminate some of our pond problems.  Having a pond with the right level of oxygen can help the fish grow bigger and be less stressed even prevent the dreaded fish kills. Even more with the right oxygen levels through out the water column, top to bottom provides a healthy atmosphere for beneficial bacteria’s to break down the bottom muck, lock nutrients to the bottom.diffuser action sm

I know this is sort of brief and lacking much needed details so we have special segment actually a recorded interview hosted by Darrell asking Cary Martin questions on pond management, what happens? What to do? And what really is going on with the bubbles from bottom diffused aeration. Basically getting inside the bubble.  You even discover who is better for the pond anaerobic or aerobic bacteria.

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About the author: Darrell Rhoades is the founder of Whatpond.com. 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 Whatpond.com. . No physical store, but has items in stock.

2 comments… add one
  • Delbert Tuttle Mar 25, 2012 @ 19:52

    Neighbor I have a suburb home on little less than an acre, with a drainage easement running behind my home about 140 feet long. I am hoping to construct two irregular ponds for lawn irrigation and lawn beautification about 18-24″ deep and 15 ft wide 40 feet long. I have read your pond maintenance info which gives me some concern. Being the water would be used weekly for irrigation [I would be using the majority of it] > therefore would I sooner or later be plagued with problems that would cause more headaches than blessings? I am still only in the planning/cost stage – therefore I want as much info up front to prevent unforeseen headaches afterwards. Thanks for any help you may give me. Del

  • lori bjornsen May 8, 2016 @ 6:31

    Could you please send me any and all info on couple acre ponds

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