Posted on May 29, 2009 by Kathie @ The Pond Guy
Picture of Foam on the Water's Surface.
Water Gardens & Features Q & A
Q: Foam seems to buildup on my water’s surface. What is causing this and can I get rid of it? – Tom of Ohio
A: Have you ever walked out towards your water garden and noticed a bunch of foam around where your waterfall comes into the pond? Sometimes this foam can get a little out of control and began to become unsightly.
Foam is the result of an excessive accumulation of organic waste in your pond caused by over population of fish, overfeeding, poor filtration, runoff and various other water quality issues. This foam will mostly occur in agitated water such as around your waterfall. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to reduce this foam buildup. Some are quick fixes and others are more long-term solutions.
Quick Fix Solutions:
- Use Shakedown Anti-Foamer – This anti-foamer works quickly to eliminate any foam building. Simply pour it in around foamy areas for immedate, but temporary control.
- Surface Skimmer – If you have the pleasure of having a skimmer built into your water garden, usually the foam will be pulled right into it.
- Partial Water Change – Replacing 10-25% of the water every few days until the problem is resolved is one way to dilute the excess organics to help reduce foam.
- Limit the amount of contributing organics by reducing fish feeding and making sure you don’t overload your water garden with fish.
- Make sure your filtration is adequate for your sized water garden as well as your fish load.
- Attack and reduce organic build-up an excess waste by using beneficial natural bacterias such as the DefensePAC®.
Hopefully the above suggestions will help you if you are struggling with foam problem.
POND TALK: Do you have a foam problem in your water garden? What did you do to reduce the problem?
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Posted on May 29, 2009 by justinmcleod
Picture of Blue Pond Dye & Black Pond Dye.
Pond & Lake Q & A
Q: I notice you have a black pond dye. Is there any reason why I should use black pond dye versus blue pond dye? – Nick of New York
A: We’ve received some calls lately about the difference between our Nature’s Blue™ Pond Dye & Black DyeMond™ Pond Dyes. What’s the best color for the pond? Is one better than the other? When would I use one of them and not the other? It really comes down to color preference as well as the environment surrounding your pond.
Nature’s Blue™ Pond Dye is the most widely used of the pond dyes. It looks very good in almost any situation. Our blue dye has a very deep, natural blue shade as opposed to some of the yellowish-blue colors you find with some other brands. Nature’s Blue™ Pond Dye works great in ponds that have a manicured and open landscape where the open sky can help reflect the color.
Black DyeMond™ Pond Dye is growing popularity extremely fast in the pond market. What we’ve found is that Black DyeMond™ pond dye fits very well in natural ponds in wooded areas. It gives the pond a pure, reflective quality that rivals some of Mother Nature’s best work.
Either way, whichever color you choose, blue or black, pond dye is an important aspect of keep your pond looking beautiful all year.
POND TALK: Do you use pond dye in your pond?
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