CONDITIONING YOUR POND WATER
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pH BALANCE PRODUCTS by POND CARE
•Check pH levels weekly or biweekly using POND CARE's pH test kit
•Test kit comes equipped with instructions on adjusting pH levels
•Use POND CARE brand pH UP or pH DOWN to easily balance the pH levels in your pond
Any new pond is sure to be void of any naturally occurring water purification. As soon as fish are added to the pond they immediately release toxic ammonia. This along with uneaten fish food inhibit the development of the biological filter and prolong stressful conditions in the pond. By waiting until your pond is balanced before running out to the fish nursery you can save yourself a lot of dirty water frustration. Wait 2 to 3 weeks before adding fish.
A naturally occurring biological -filter can form using plants and or the bio-reservoir portions of your pond filter. Underwater plant life and their roots collect particles of matter as it flows by and in that matter bacteria grows and consumes harmful waste products produced by your fish and fallen debris. The same thing happens inside of a biological tank-style filter or bio-falls unit where irregularly shaped material is used to do the collecting.
BIO-FILTER BOOSTER by POND CARE
and maintains a strong biological filter in ponds
Although biological filtration does form to some degree in most healthy pond environments it is usually not enough to keep the pond looking good so mechanical filtration is also a must.
A mechanical filter refers to the physical removal of debris using filtration materials like foam or mesh pads that trap suspended particles. The pads are hosed clean regularly and are available in many brands and types. A couple of the more common and popular types are the
poly-filter (a white or blue semi-rigid polyester material used mainly to catch debris) and the activated carbon coated pad (used to reduce pesticides, colored water, odors, and harmful chemicals )These pads are the first line of defense in filtering your pond.
OK so your pond water is 'tasting' a little better to your fish and plants but it's not as clear as you would like to see. There is a certain amount of clarity issues that can be attributed to water temperature fluctuations in spring and early summer. Just as a large natural lake or pond looks dark in spring so may your pond until temperatures balance out. To help reduce the amount of time that your pond stays murky try using a liquid clarifier along with a good enzymatic cleaner. These two products work great together or on their own to help satisfy your clear water craving.
ACCU-CLEAR & POND-ZYME by POND CARE
•First use Pond-zyme to breakdown fish waste and dead algae the cause cloudy water
use Accu-clear to drag the Pond-zyme along with particles of
Remember, 'clear water is not necessarily clean water'.
This is especially true in ponds which depend on an Ultra-violet sterilizer to illuminate excessive algae. UV units work wonders on green water and may trick you into believing that your pond is now trouble free. This is not true! Ultra-violet sterilizers are connected to a portion of the pumped water using a diverter or even a separate pump. They effectively clear most ponds of green water-borne algae with-in days and keep it clear as long as the unit is on. However, UV also sterilizes the good waterborne particles that help promote healthy bio-activity. For this reason we recommend a hearty dose of Pond-zyme or other enzymatic cleaner that sinks be used religiously when running a UV sterilizer.
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