Effective pond and lake management is the balance between REACTIVE and PROACTIVE pond management approaches. So knowing the difference between each one and knowing which approach needs to be implemented and when to use it, will create a healthy and thriving pond that your family can enjoy for years to come.

REACTIVE POND AND LAKE MANAGEMENT

· A short-term solution to control unsightly aquatic growth before you implement the proactive pond management plan

· Perform these treatments only when weeds and algae are actively growing in your pond

· Only a quick fix before the PROACTIVE plan has been established

For many years, the accepted method of pond care was to wait for a problem to happen, like an algae bloom or weed growth, and then “REACT to it” with a large chemical application. Although algaecides and herbicides do work great to control weed and algae growth, REACTIVE pond care only provides a short-term solution and does not address the cause of the real problem, excessive nutrients and sunlight. When weeds and algae die off they immediately start to decay, and breaking down into a nutrient rich sludge or muck layer, which will then encourage future growth. While REACTIVE pond care is of course extremely helpful and in many cases it is a necessity, it cannot prevent the future growth and should not be the only tool in your pond care management program.

PROACTIVE POND AND LAKE MANAGEMENT

· Increasing dissolved oxygen and movement to your pond

· Boosting healthy beneficial bacteria and reducing excess nutrients i.e. phosphorus, nitrates

· Limiting extreme sun exposure on the pond surface

· All these methods are safe for the environment, people and surrounding wildlife

So PROACTIVE pond care protocol includes tools such as a pond aerator, natural bacteria, and blue pond dye to reduce your pond’s nutrient load and limit the sun exposure.

A floating fountain or aeration system, whether a decorative outdoor pond fountain or sub-surface bottom air diffuser, that is properly sized and placed in the pond will provide the dissolved oxygen needed and increase circulation in the pond’s natural ecosystem. The increased oxygen and water movement at a high volume will provide the best possible environment for beneficial bacteria, improving the overall water quality and habitat for fish and wildlife.

While a lot of beneficial bacteria exist naturally in just about every aquatic environment, in so many cases they cannot keep up with the demand of most ponds and lakes. To compensate for this, bacteria treatments are required. The bacteria in Pond Max BactiMax and Ultra Clear Muck Digester, are cultured from common natural aquatic ecosystems found worldwide. Using naturally occurring bacteria and enzymes not only makes them very effective at reducing algae nutrients but safe for the environment, people and wildlife.

Blue Pond dye not only provides a beautiful color to your pond or lake, it is designed to provide a complete natural shade to the pond to limit the excessive amounts of sun UV’s your pond receives.