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ORNAMENTAL PONDS: Crystal Clear Water

Posted on March 17, 2014 at 10:29 AM Comments comments (455)

Did you know that it's easy (really!) to enhance and maintain water clarity in your ornamental ponds?

Here's how ...

The secret is to maintain a balanced ecosystem (pH around 6-7) which is a fancy way of saying that you need the RIGHT kind of bacteria to flourish. 

During the winter months, bacteria becomes dormant.  Start by seeding your bio-filter with beneficial bacteria (available at your local pond supply store, PetSmart, or online) - depending on the size of your pond, this will take approximately 7-10 days before your will notice a change in the climate of your pond with ever-increasing improvements noted daily.

In addition, shade will reduce algae growth and can be simulated with lily pads which provide not only a practical purpose but an attractive addition.  Shoot for 50% water surface to be shaded.

With these quick fixes in mind, your ornamental pond can provide years of enjoyment and relaxation with very little maintenance.

Enjoy!