What is Pond Muck?
If you have a pond, you’ve likely encountered pond muck at one time or another. The sight of this muck is unmistakable in any pond. It can come in many shapes, forms, colors, and even smells. Although you most likely will see it during the hot summer months, it can also form during the fall and winter months if you don’t care for your pond correctly. Let’s go over some of what composes pond muck. We’ll also discuss a couple of things you can do to get rid of it.
Pond muck has also been referred to as sludge, pond scum, and other unflattering terms. The fact is that pond muck is a collection of excessive nutrients and unknown debris at times. Mainly, pond muck is formed when decaying plant life accumulates in the water. This can include pond weeds, algae, fish waste, and more. You may even contribute to the formation of pond muck if you overfeed your fish. Another way to put it is that muck results from waste that has piled up for weeks or even months.
The Consequences of Pond Muck
Pond muck can come with many unwanted consequences when it comes to pond muck. It is not aesthetically pleasing and can make your pond look ugly. It can also make your pond smell bad. If you smell a sulfur-like odor, you most likely have pond muck. Moreover, if you have fish or any other type of pond life, pond muck can be a hazard to their health. When pond muck gets thick enough, it can begin to suffocate your fish. It can also get stuck or obstruct water flow in an aerator or pond pump.
What can You Do?
The good thing is that you can do something about pond muck. If you already have a problem with pond muck, the first thing to do is treat it with Outdoor Water Solutions Muck Pellets. By doing this, you’ll be able to break down the muck. However, with bigger debris, such as tree branches, we recommend removing them with a skimmer. You can also use an aerating system to improve water circulation. This is important to infuse oxygen into the waters, which will improve pond life. Finally, if you want to remove aquatic plant life, including weeds, we recommend natural herbicides. Rest assured that you will notice a clearing of your pond within just a few weeks.
At Outdoor Water Solutions, we offer a variety of pond aerators providing you with the options needed to pick the perfect pond aerator for your pond. We always enjoy working with clients on ways to improve the quality of their ponds’ health so, if you have any questions or would like more information on our pond aerators, contact us at 866.471.1614 today!