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I hear about being proactive, but what are PondClear™ and MuckAway™, and how does it help my pond? | Ponds & Lakes Q&A

Q: I hear about being proactive, but what are PondClear™ and MuckAway™, and how does it help my pond?

Q: I hear about being proactive, but what are PondClear™ and MuckAway™, and how does it help my pond?

Ed – Cambridge, NY

A: Your agricultural pond or fish-filled lake faces an unseen threat: an inorganic chemical called phosphate. Found in many fertilizers used in farming applications, phosphates do wonders for helping plants to grow—but when they leech into your pond or lake after a heavy rain, they can fuel algae blooms that can ultimately do harm to your fish population, not to mention being unsightly and malodorous.

Though it may be difficult to prevent those phosphates from finding their way into your water, you can take a proactive approach to minimize the algae growth and protect your fish. This involves binding and removing the phosphates, cleaning up the water column and breaking down accumulated muck.

And that’s where EcoBoost™, PondClear™ and MuckAway™ come into play. They’re the one-two-three punch your pond needs to stay healthy.

Bind the Phosphates

EcoBoost™, which is found in ClearPAC® PLUS, grabs hold of the algae-stimulating phosphates and other suspended organics in your pond, allowing the beneficial bacteria in PondClear™ and MuckAway™ to grow and gobble through excess nutrients in the water. EcoBoost contains more than 80 trace minerals to promote fish health and fast growth, as well as helping to create clean and clear water that your finned friends will appreciate!

Clean the Water

PondClear™ is designed to clean the water from the top down. It contains beneficial bacteria that devour excess nutrients that are suspended in the water, which feed algae. The natural bacteria digest the organic debris, leaving behind water that’s clean and clear while promoting a healthy ecosystem for your lake’s inhabitants.

Remove the Muck

MuckAway™ cleans the water from the bottom up. The pellets sink to the bottom of your pond and release beneficial bacteria that eat away at any accumulated pond muck. The result is improved water clarity and reduced odor. With regular use, MuckAway™ can break down up to 5 inches of muck per year—and that means less nutrients to feed algae blooms.

Keep in mind that these products will take some time to kick in. It took a long time for the muck and debris to collect in your pond or lake, and so it won’t disappear overnight. Be patient and follow the dosage schedule, and you’ll ultimately be pleased with the results.

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10 Responses

  1. Piggy backing on this discussion, I just starting using Pondclear to help clear up my pond which is around 18,000 gallons (used to be a concrete pool ;).

    1. I have a 100 watt UV light that I have been using. I turned it off when I treated my pond with Pondclear since I assume the beneficial bacteria would be zapped. However, it would be nice to run the UV and have Pondclear doing its stuff. Is this ok?

    2. What is a reasonable time to expect noticeable differences with Pondclear? I am seeing some change, just not sure how long to wait before deciding it has done all it can do. I am using one packet per week for my 18,000 gallon pond which is a lot more than needed.

    3. If the bacteria multiples every 20 to 40 minutes, why do I need to continue to add more packets? Seems like if I always have material in the pond for the bacteria to eat that it would continue to multiply.

    4. With the packet I throw in, any reason I could not carefully open it and spread it across the pond? Seems like that would work slightly better than the packet dropping to the bottom in one spot.

    • Hi Dale – Here are some answers for you:
      1. When using a UV light, I would wait 2-3 days before turning the unit back on after using bacteria products. This allows the bacteria to get to all its breeding places (filter media, rocks, sides of pond, etc.). You are correct that may be zapped if the light is left on.
      2. For noticeable results, it depends on what your pond looked like to start with. Typically, people see results within the first month of regular use. If you pond was really dirty prior to starting PondClear, then it can take longer.
      3. Bacteria has a life cycle. The population expands to max quickly and then the population shrinks as it dies off. Regular use of bacteria products ensures that your bacteria population stays plentiful and that you do not experience a lull between populations.
      4. There’s no advantage to opening the packet, the packets are water soluble. Placing the packet in a filter box, skimmer or tossing near bubblers will help it to spread faster.

      • ok thanks. The UV light is kind of what I thought. So the bacteria embeds itself in various places vs floating around. So I will turn on my light after a couple days.

        thanks for the quick response!

      • Hi Dale – Bacteria floats around the water body as well, especially those first few days after application. Turning off the UV light for the first few days ensures that it’s able to fully circulate throughout the pond.

  2. Hi Mel, thank you for your response. I figured out the problem with treating with Algaefix and no longer have any problems. Appreciate the quick reply. Thank you.

  3. Hi. I have been treating my water garden weekly with Algaefix. I noticed that the fish became increasingly sluggish and not interested in food as usual. I have two pondmate 1200uv filters, a spitter, and a large waterfall going at the same time for at least 24 hours for the waterfall. The fish perked up nicely after 30 hours and resumed their normal behaviour. The second treatment was devastating (one week later). Three of my beloved, favorite, special fish died all in the same day within 12 hours of the treatment. I have noticed the fish are struggling with each treatment. I have never had this problem with Algaefix before. I am reluctant to continue treatment but I live in Florida so it is a must. Do you have any words of wisdom concering this issue. I’m heartbroken and do not want to lose any more fish.
    Thank you,

    • Hi Debbie – Using a chemical treatment, like AlgaeFix, can be very tough on your pond. Over dosing the pond can cause fish loss like you’ve experienced. Are you using natural bacteria treatments of a UV light to keep algae at bay? What kind of plant coverage do you have? Give us a call at 866-766-3435 and we’d be happy to discuss your pond and treatment options with you.

      • This year 2015, I also notice my fish becoming very sluggish after adding 800 ml of AlgaeFix to my 8000+ pond. Two weeks later a 500 ml dose caused the same problem. There is no doubt the fish don’t like it and I’ve heard from pond maintenance people that is has killed fish in the past. It is not as safe as the advertising suggests. What are the chemicals in AlgaeFix and how long do they persist in a closed system.

        By the way, the tip on not adding beneficial bacteria or enzymes within 3 days as algae treatment makes a lot of sense. Unfortunately I have not seen this caution in the AlgaeFix or my current sludge reducer. Their labeling needs to be improved.

      • Use of algaecides is not the preferred way to maintain a pond however sometimes they are needed to regain control. There may also be other factors that contribute to fish being ok for one application and sluggish for others. High water temperatures do not hold as much oxygen so do treatments early in the morning or late afternoon when water temperatures are cooler, this will be less stressful for the fish. If you find water temperatures are warm even then you may want to do a partial water change before adding product. Also the type and quantity may play a role. Some string algae on a waterfall is not as tough or stressful as trying to treat green water that is suspended throughout the entire waterbody. As the algae dies off it can also reduce the oxygen content in the water. The most important thing is to make sure you are dosing the product correctly and keep as much circulation in the water as possible. Hope this helps!

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