Tony has a beautiful spring fed pond, just under 1/2 acre in size. We determined that this oval shaped pond, is approximately 175′ long and has an average width of about 100′. The maximum depth of the pond is 11′, with the majority of the pond being approximately 7 to 9 feet deep. There are several mature deciduous trees around along the shoreline of the pond. A floating fountain was previously installed in one end of the pond.
The client was mainly concerned about the growth of some submerged aquatic plants. The growth of these plants had been increasing each year, reaching the surface of the water and spreading into new areas of the pond. He also wanted to improve the water clarity and maintain the overall health of the pond.
We conducted our standard pond assessment, which includes the following: taking measurements of the pond – length width and depth. In addition, we take water samples and test the water quality (pH, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, alkalinity & hardness). We also measure the dissolved oxygen at various depths in the pond. We also identify any submerged, floating or emergent pond plants / weeds. Finally, we determine the cause of any imbalances in the pond’s ecosystem.
We found an abundance of Sago Pond Weed in the shallower sections of the pond, growing in water up to about 6′ deep. This plant roots in the bottom of the pond, grows to the surface and continues to spread out over the surface.
There was a significant amount of sludge and muck on the bottom of the pond. Every fall, leaves falling from large deciduous trees that are close to the pond end up on the bottom of the pond, providing a large source of organic matter that turns into sludge.
Although this is a beautiful floating fountain, it wasn’t wasn’t large enough to circulate the water sufficiently in this long, narrow pond. Plus, fountains are not effective at circulating the water at the bottom of a deep pond such as this one.
Once our assessment was complete, we sent Tony a comprehensive written report about what we found in his pond.
In our reports, we include the pond dimensions, the results of the water quality testing, we identify aquatic plant species (and fish species when possible), and the likely causes of the problems areas or issues with the pond. Most importantly, we also recommend the proper course of action to take to help remedy the issues.
Upon our recommendation, Tony decided to add a Rotary Vane Aeration System to improve circulation and oxygen levels in the pond, along with MuckAway sludge reducer treatments to accelerate the sludge layer on the bottom of the pond. He also decide to add Pond Dye to help maintain water clarity, reduce submerged plant growth, as well as the pleasing look it provides.
We installed 3/4 HP Rotary Vane Aeration System with 4 diffusers in the pond. This system included a steel, fan-cooled, lockable cabinet with optional sound proofing installed. We placed the diffusers strategically in the pond to maximize circulation and oxygenation.
MuckAway – We treated the pond with MuckAway, which eliminates pond muck and sludge that accumulates at the bottom of your pond along the shoreline. The specially formulated strains of beneficial aerobic bacteria in MuckAway™ are designed to quickly digest organic debris like fish waste, leaves & twigs, that accumulate and form pond muck – without harming your pond or its inhabitants
Pond Dye – We treated the pond with Twilight Blue pond dye. Pond dye helps filter out the sunlight to help reduce submerged plant growth, improve water clarity and enhance the ponds natural beauty.
Rotary vane compressors are ideal for intermediate depth ponds, from 5′ to 18′ deep. We installed a 3/4 HP rotary vane compressor with in a fan cooled, lockable steel cabinet, 600′ of weighted tubing and 4 diffusers.
The proper placement of the air diffusers is key to maximize circulation and increase oxygen levels throughout the pond. In this case, 4 diffusers were evenly spaced in deeper water to maximize the effect of the rising bubbles.
We treated with pond with MuckAway, a special blend of sludge reducing beneficial bacteria that digests the sludge. We also treated with Pond Dye to help maintain water clarity and help reduce the growth of the submerged weeds.
We removed a substantial amount of Sago Pondweed, a submerged pond plant that was starting to overtake the shallow areas of the pond. It was becoming increasingly unsightly, especially once it reached the surface of the pond.