Pond Muck Is Not A Problem

One of the greatest challenges for a large pond owner is choosing how you’re going to deal with the inevitable build up of organic material in the pond. Things like leaves, grass clippings, dead algae and more will eventually accumulate at the bottom of the pond.

This pond muck is very rich in nutrients and I often compare it to compost in a garden. Want your plants to grow well? Be sure to mix in some compost with your soil. And the same thing happens in a pond.

As this sludge slowly decays, it releases a lot of things that algae likes…and it’s one of the major reasons why a pond might have unwanted growth including string algae and a number of pond weeds.

One of the very best things that can be done is to work with an ongoing plan to reduce and eliminate much of this mucky build up. In an earlier tip I talked about the new PondBiotixME pellets which are made up of a very concentated blend of beneficial bacteria. These are combined with a barley straw binder and they’re designed to sink into the muck and begin to eat it away.

The pellets work best in combination with an ongoing biological treatment program and as we’ve often suggested, they should not be used with most chemical algaecides or herbicides. Most commonly used algaecides actually contain copper and copper is toxic to most bacteria, which disables it’s ability to clean up a pond.

Unfortuantely, there are some ponds, and pond owners, who simply respond better to the use of chemical treatments and in fact, most aquatic weeds need to be dealt with using some type of targeted herbicide. However simply killing off the plant is the first step but you still want to work on the dead plant material at the bottom.

This has always been the catch-22 of using chemicals. You might clean the surface and the pond will look better for a little while, but as the top get’s cleaner, the bottom develops more sludge…and this will cause problems in the long run.

What’s been needed is a way to continue the breakdown of this muck, even if someone needs to use chemicals…and now you can.

We’ve just added the PondBiotixMDC formula which can actually be blended with many chemicals and it will work quite well. MDC is a muck decaying catalyst made up of specially formulated enzymes which are actually the natural tools that break down organic material. And because it doesn’t rely exclusively on bacteria to stimulate the work, it will still help in the important bioremediation work in a large pond.

MDC comes in one gallon containers and the concentrate is mixed with water and then sprayed topically on the surface of the pond. The same mixture can be used with appropriate amounts of EarthTec algaecide or aquatic herbicides as well. So now, you can kill the surface algae or weeds, and once they sink and die, there is now a catalyst waiting to help speed up their breakdown!

Learn more about the PondBiotixMDC.

2 Responses to Pond Muck Is Not A Problem

  1. shilahmoores September 23, 2010 at 6:54 pm #

    I vacuum the sediment off the bottom of my pond, and that creates the water change we need… about 25%. I don’t think this has been a problem with bacteria, as I have time-release AquaSphere balls. My water is very clear, and although I still have a small amount of string-algae growing on the liner, at the water level, it seems to be coming under control after three years. Vacuuming and pulling algae on a regular basis has become habit. I vacuum about once a month. We also clean the pump and skimmer filters about once a month. Does this sound like a good maintenance system to you?

  2. Mark October 5, 2010 at 8:53 pm #

    Hi Shilah,
    I would say so…it sounds like you’re doing a great job there with proactivity.

    Keep up the great work.


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