What a month that was! We loved seeing every one of you that came in this month. We missed you and are so glad your ponds made it through the weeks of shutdown. While many of you are still working from home, many have also returned to work attempting to make life a little more normal. Let’s hope we can all keep it up. I’m wearing a mask. For me as much as anything else. Those of you who know me know that I am a member of the vulnerable age group and have some of the health issues experts are claiming creates additional vulnera-bilities to the virus. Here in the store we are not requiring you to wear masks but do ask that you not enter if you are experiencing any of the common symptoms.
Let’s talk a minute about filtration. Every pond needs both mechanical and biological filtra-tion. The first is usually achieved by a net or pad that stops trash, the second can be some form of media such as bio blox, bio balls, bio beads and is simply a place where bacteria can form and ac-cess nutrients and oxygen in the water. Removing those nutrients starves algae of the food it needs to grow. If your pond is experiencing algae, some-thing is out of balance. We find that is normally due to the number of fish in the pond. Our research shows that a good rule of thumb is 4 fish inches per hundred gallons of pond water. More than that taxes your filtration system. Many of you want to treat with an algaecide and I usually disagree with you. I think it’s better to figure out the imbalance and correct that rather than adding chemicals. The problem I see with algaecides is that they work. Sometimes too well. Next to chlorine overload, killing too much algae at one time is one of the main reasons for a ‘fish kill’. Your hope is that by killing algae it will get trapped in the filter system and you can remove it. The reality is that without a very efficient filter, most of the dying algae will sink to the bottom and become part of the sludge, starting the cycle all over again. Additionally, dying algae removes oxygen from the water which is already depleted of some oxygen due to the warmer weather. Warm water holds less dissolved oxygen than cool water. Another good reason to at-tempt to provide some shade to your pond.
We will be closed July 4th for the Independence Day celebration. Stay safe, enjoy your day.
Always be humble and kind
We have a customer with a new pond so the plants aren’t very big yet. They are using some sheets of Styrofoam floating on the pond surface to provide shade for their fish and to help slow down the growth of algae. We’ve also heard of using pool floats. What have you found that works to increase the amount of shade for your pond? Let me know either in an email or on Facebook.
Classes SPRING/SUMMER 2020 SCHEDULECheck the schedule for start times. All classes are free and open to the public. No advance registration required. More classes added each month. One Pond Dollar awarded for each class. Attendees receive a 10% discount on all purchases that day. We train rain or shine in the only indoor pond training facility in the U.S.
Military (Active or Retired) and Water Garden Club members
receive a 10% discount
(If you remember to tell us up front! Not after you’ve already paid.)
Valid for Pond Pro Shop purchases only