No Rochester New York (NY) pond owner wants to look out their window and see green or tea-colored water in their backyard pond, which is why creating a healthy low-maintenance ecosystem, is so important. Low-maintenance water features incorporate more than adequate filtration for small backyard ponds.
Filtering Through Pond Filtration
In addition to aquaticplants, Pondfish, aeration, rocks and gravel, a low-maintenance ecosystem pond requires adequate filtration to help keep the water crystal clear. Three types of pond filters are available on the market and include biological,mechanical, and sterilizers.
1). Biological filters use bacteria to break down pond wastes, converting them into less harmful compounds that can be used as aquatic plant fertilizers. 2). Mechanical filters trap and remove debris and sediment. 3). Water sterilizers pass water through a tube that houses an ultraviolet bulb, killing living microscopic particles in the water.
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Mechanical Pond Filtration
A good biological filtration system, teamed with a proper mechanical filter to remove solids before the water enters the biological filtration unit, is the most effective way to filter water. With adequate biological and mechanical filtration, the need for sterilizers is eliminated altogether, thereby ensuring a natural ecosystem pond.
I Already Have Green Water In My Pond & Can't Afford A Makeover... What Can I Do?
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Many homeowners in the Monroe County Rochester (NY) area either inherit a pond that is not ecologically balanced or have a pond that was not properly designed. Unfortunately, having a full blown pond upgrade to an Aquascape Ecosystemis not always a viable option. Everyone hates to have that dreaded algae bloom in their pond. If you own a water garden then you know your worst enemy is the unsightly scourge that is green water. We have helped hundreds of Monroe County NY Pond Owners successfully battle Green water issues without a full blown pond makeover. Sometimes this is as easy as cleaning the pond and adding Aquatic Plants and gravel, and increasing the water circulation in the pond, other times the addition of a UV Clarifier is necessary to get the upper hand on the dreaded Green Water monster.
For many of our customers the solution to having a clear and healthy pond is as simple as retrofitting their pond with the 3 of the primary components of a full Ecosystem Pond.
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Aquatic Plants In The Big Picture ( Biological Filtration )
In the big picture, aquatic plants are a necessary and essential part of a naturally balanced aquatic ecosystem. If plants are excluded from a water garden the entire ecosystem is thrown out of whack. Plants use the excess nutrients in the pond to grow, thereby stealing them from the algae, essentially preventing it from growing.
Adding Gravel & Bacteria To Your Fish Pond ( Biological Filtration )
"I have cleaned my pond before and the sludge in the bottom is Awful. How in the world will adding gravel make my pond easier to Maintain". We get this question at least once a week in the Spring of the year. The bottom line is that adding gravel to your pond bottom increases the surface area your beneficial have to seed and help break down this sludge debris and fish waste.
"Ponds with a Gravel bottom are Easier to clean than a Bare Liner Pond". You can quote me on that, we perform over 3 hundred Pond Cleanouts every Spring and all things equal a gravel bottom pond will have less sludge and debris than a bare liner pond.
Using Beneficial Bacteria ( Biological Filtration )
Simply adding gravel is simply not enough. You have to help your pond along by consistently adding Beneficial Bacteria. Sometimes your pond will turn green again soon after you clean it out and add gravel. However, persistence and patience will over come your frustrations in the end.
For some ponds the fish load or surrounding environment simply make the Ecological approach to clearing your water take too long. So if the steps above don't work after 6-8 weeks of persistence or you are simply too impatient to wait on Mother Nature then a UV Clarifier is the way to go.
A well-balanced pond ecosystem rarely has problems with green water, but any water feature, when out of balance, might require you to resort to artificial means to control algae blooms. This is where UV clarifiers come in handy. Their main purpose is to clear the water and get rid of those nasty algae blooms that cause green water. But remember, UV clarifiers only get rid of the single-celled, floating algae. It does not get rid of other forms of algae such as string or blanket algae.
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