Q: My water is brown. Should I use carbon and, if so, what is the best way to apply it?
Lisa – Gresham, OR
A: Brown water can destroy a beautiful landscape.
That tea-colored water is typically caused by one of two things: tannins being released by dead leaves, similar to what happens when you steep your chamomile tea; or an optical illusion caused by reflected decomposing pond debris. The two causes have two different solutions. Here’s what we recommend.
First, take a closer look at the water. Dip a clear glass in the water and hold it up to the light. If the water looks discolored, you’ve got tannin tea; if it’s clear, you’re dealing with a mucky pond.
Clearing Tannin Tea
Carbon is your solution for clearing brown water. Pond Logic® Activated Carbon comes with a fine-mesh bag, which holds the carbon pellets when they’re submerged. It’s easy to use:
- Pour the recommended amount of pellets into the bag. A 500-gallon pond, for example, requires 2 to 3 pounds while a 1,000-gallon pond requires 4 to 6 pounds.
- Place the bag in a high water-flow area, like your skimmer or waterfall, so as much water as possible flows through the carbon.
- Wait for the carbon to do its job! Once the discoloration has disappeared, you can remove the carbon and discard it.
Cleaning Up the Muck
If you have a mucky pond, natural beneficial bacteria and some elbow grease will make your water sparkle again.
- Pond Logic® Season Defense®, which works well in cooler fall weather, contains microorganisms that help break down the muck and accumulated debris at the bottom of your pond.
- Giving your pond a good old-fashioned cleaning can help, too. Removing the muck and decomposing organics with a pond vacuum or net will give those bacteria a chance to focus on breaking down the small stuff.
Pond Talk: How have you removed brown water from your pond?