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How to Care for an Old Pond

  • June 16, 2021
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Improving Your Pond

A pond can be an aesthetically pleasing feature for any home. The properly kept pond will enhance the overall natural beauty of the outdoors. Your pond may have crystal blue waters, koi fish, a water fountain, and more. However, what happens when you have an old pond to take care of that doesn’t have these types of displays anymore? Should you just cover the pond and give up any future improvements? This is not necessarily your only option. In this article, we’ll go over some of the things you can do to bring your old pond back to life.

Using a Bottom Aeration System

Anyone who has cared for a pond before knows the importance of aeration. Although most ponds use surface aerators, you will want to use a bottom aeration system instead of a surface aerator. The main reason for this is because old and dirty ponds will usually have all of the muck and pond scum stuck at the bottom of the pond. A bottom aerator can turn the anaerobic cycle at the bottom of the pond into an aerobic cycle. This will begin to circulate the water while the cycle slowly begins to break up the muck and other organic material. The type of aeration system you need will depend on the size of your pond and the availability of wind, solar, or electric power. We offer a wide variety of aeration systems to meet all your needs.

Controlling Algae Makes a Difference

Algae is an essential part of a pond and its ecosystem. However, you can have too much algae bloom in a pond. When this happens, your pond may develop a foul odor and large green areas that indicate blooms of algae overgrowth. We recommend using algaecide to help control algae in your pond. Outdoor Water Solutions recommends an algaecide like Green Clean Algaecide. This granular peroxide-based algaecide is available in 8- or 50-pound containers for a wide variety of pond sizes.

Adding Beneficial Bacteria and Colorants

If you want to speed up the process of getting your old pond back to a healthy environment, you can also add beneficial bacteria. This type of bacteria will aid the aeration process in breaking down the muck and algae in the pond. Colorants will also help to keep algae at bay. Besides adding beautiful color to the surface of your pond, a dye will also block sunlight from reaching deep into the pond. Because sunlight is one of the main ingredients needed for algae to thrive, eliminating its source helps prevent excessive algae growth.

The Results

All of these things working together will surely give your pond new life. Another thing you can do to get your pond looking nice and clean is to use a skimmer to clear off any large debris. By doing this, you will let your pond breathe by allowing the water to circulate freely with the aeration system. Having large parts of debris lodged in the pond can get in the way of its cleaning process. The final results will leave your old pond looking clean, beautiful, and a perfect place for new fish. Make sure that you consider Outdoor Water Solutions for all your pond equipment.

Outdoor Water Solutions offers high-quality pond & lake aerators (solar, electric & wind) and aeration windmill systems, fish feeders, fountains, and all-natural pond care products. Please email or call us at 866.471.1614 and we can provide you with a detailed quote and can even help you design the best solar aeration system for your needs.


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