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Phosphate's Impact on Pond Water and Algae

Phosphate's Impact on Pond Water and Algae

Do you have a pond or area of water around your home? Whether its decoration or recreation, filled with aquatic life or empty, large or small, each pond typically experiences a buildup of phosphorous.

Phosphorus Promotes Algae Growth

Phosphorus, in the form of phosphate, is important for plant and marine life - in small doses (0.03 parts per million or lower is acceptable)! This nutrient can be added to water sources from soil run-off, but is also released from all the muck at the bottom of your pond. Experiencing high volumes of algae or green water? Increased phosphates cause a boom in their growth, making the issue difficult to manage.

How Microbes Control Algae Growth

When beneficial microbes like the ones found in Turf Titan's Pond Perfecter enter a pond, they attach to phosphorus, tie it up and outcompete the algae for the phosphate. "Tying up" of nutrients means these nutrients are no longer available, and when there is limited phosphate in a pond, it leaves algae unable to proliferate.

Improving Your Pond's Clarity

By adding microbes to a pond, pond clarity is improved and healthy fish populations are restored without the use of harsh chemicals. Microbes eat decaying organic matter such as leaves, algae, and muck. This not only reduces the release of additional phosphates, but further improves the cleanliness of the water.

Reducing Pond Odor

If your pond has started to smell, it may have gone anaerobic, or "without oxygen." This means anything within the pond is no longer living. Most ponds have a build up of muck which is the sediment at the very bottom of your pond. Muck stores excess phosphorus which acts as a source of energy for algae. The bottom of the pond has very little oxygen causing the bad odor. As microbes populate, they help clean up your pond water by consuming the stinky muck.

Microbes Are A Probiotic

Microbes are not only good for your pond's health, but are also good for the aquatic life within the pond. Beneficial probiotics such as microbes maintain and restore bacteria and are completely safe for your family and animals.

How to Use Pond Perfecter

Microbes are not only great at controlling the amount of phosphates in your freshwater ponds, they can also improve clarity and reduce odor - all while being safe for recreation and wildlife! By using microbiology such as Pond Perfecter, you can naturally clean up your pond. There are a few different ways to use Pond Perfecter:

  1. Simply dispense the product around the pond in different areas.
  2. Pour the product into a sprayer and treat the edges of the pond.
  3. Take a ride in boat and float around the pond, pouring it in at various locations.

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