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POND MANAGEMENT

Ponds and lakes are a valuable natural resource.  They add beauty to the landscape, provide recreation for you and your family and are habitat for fish and wildlife.  A natural body of water is a complex biological, chemical and physical community.  The quality of the water determines the health of the entire community and the health of all aquatic organisms living within that system...from microscopic bacteria to the largest fish!

The "engine" that drives everything within a body of water is the presence of proper levels of oxygen.  A pond's condition deteriorates when its bottom environment cannot support aquatic life.  The bottom is where the most oxygen is consumed and is farthest from the surface where oxygen is replenished.  Without adequate oxygen at the bottom, beneficial bacteria do not break down the organic waste.  This results in increased layers of sediment (muck) along the pond bottom.  Simply put, without oxygen, a pond cannot clean itself!

Contact our sales staff for help with all your pond & lake management needs

 

Years of experience has taught us that three main tools are needed to manage water

  1. AERATION AND ITS BENEFITS

    • Installing aeration in your water is the single most valuable water management and water maintenance strategy a person can use, and Stoney Creek Fisheries carries a wide range of aeration system sizes.

    • Proper aeration can slow, halt or even reverse the process of eutrophication (aging).

    • Surface fountains also provide benefits to a body of water, but are not thorough in deep applications.

    • To achieve comprehensive benefits, ideal aeration employs a diffuser(s) on the pond bottom, thus aerating and mixing from the bottom up...the entire water column.  Benefits include

      • Gassing = the addition of oxygen to the water

      • De-gassing = the subtraction of waste gases from the water

      • Mixing = the movement of oxygenated water throughout the pond and de-stratification of the water column

      • Habitat Improvement = de-stratification allows for the use of the entire pond by all aquatic organisms

      • Fish Protection = preventing winter-kill and summer-kill

      • Waste Reduction = bacteria need oxygen to reduce the levels of ammonia, nitrites and nitrates

      • Weed Control = via reduction of nitrogen-based wastes (plant "food")

      • Muck Control = by promoting a healthy environment for the bacteria that break down organic muck

      • Surface Agitation = the movement of surface water helps push  surface scum to the side

  2. BENEFICIAL BACTERIA

    • Supplementing the endemic bacteria of your pond with additional natural bacteria to help reduce sludge (organic muck) build-up is a widely used and embraced practice

    • Combining aeration with additional bacteria is a proven method of reversing the aging process mentioned above

    • Organicsludge is a combination of fish wastes, dead plants and algae, leaves, run-off, etc. Everything that lives and dies within a pond ecosystem becomes part of this growing organic base

    • Adding bacteria on a regular basis will: improve water quality and clarity, reduce odors, improve oxygen levels and create a better environment for fish and other aquatic life

  3. WEED AND ALGAE CONTROLS

    • There are a wide variety of treatment products available to safely control aquatic weeds and algae in lakes and ponds

    • These tested and approved products are a safe, quick way to gain control of water that is infested with undesirable or too many plants

    • The use of these products is a good short term solution to a problem, however, to gain long term control you should look at the overall ecosystem and determine the source of the problem

    • Often aeration and/or the use of bacteria will greatly improve the system and the use of aquatic chemical herbicides can be reduced

 

 
 
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