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Do you have a Pond or a Lake?

Do you have a pond or a lake? It’s actually not as easily or definitively answered as you might think. Although it is generally understood that a pond is smaller than a lake there is no specific calculation to tell you which you have in your yard.

A definition for a pond could be ‘bodies of water where light penetrates to the bottom of the waterbody’. It could also be ‘bodies of water shallow enough for rooted water plants to grow throughout’. Another could be ‘bodies of water which lack wave action on the shoreline.’ However not everyone agree with this.

I think whatever you have in your yard, pond or lake, it will have similar characteristics. You will want to ensure that it remains healthy and vibrant. That will necessitate sufficient aeration and a good balance of nutrients so you may want to invest in an air pump and pond additives.

Consider the long-term affects when keeping your pond clean

If you want your pond to stay clear of algae there are some good preventative measures to take. These include removing sediment from the bottom of your pond which is nutrient rich and can encourage algae growth. You can also reduce the amount of sludge build up at the bottom of your pond by cutting back foliage around your pond. Adding an air pump will you also increase oxygen to your pond which encourages beneficial bacteria that keep ponds cleaner. A stagnant pond without water movement is much more susceptible to algae growth.

However you may also need to get rid of existing algae. When you do this you must also make sure that you are not removing all the beneficial bacteria with it. These bacteria help to naturally keep your pond clean and without them the likelihood of algae growth reoccurring is high. Some additives will clear your pond of algae in the short term but in the long-term they will make your pond much more susceptible to reoccurring algae growth. For example the addition of copper sulphate does clear algae from your pond but will also kill the good bacteria which can take a long time to reestablish itself. To keep your pond balanced and healthy use an additive such as Microbe-Lift PL which considers the long-term repercussions to your pond and also install an air pump which keeps your pond aerated and less susceptible to algae growth.

Oxygen Levels in your pond

There are many factors that will effect the oxygen level in your pond but the main ones are:

Temperature: Warm water has a lower ability to hold onto oxygen than colder water

Animals: The more pond life you have in your pond the higher the amount of oxygen that is required and used up

Water Clarity: Pond plants need light to generate oxygen. The clearer the water the more effective your plants will be

To improve water clarity you may want to consider a pond additive. An air pump will assist in increasing oxygenation in your pond.