Prioritize your pond care

Successful pond treating is largely based on a pond owner’s commitment to monitoring and treating the pond on a regular basis. Treatments will occur approximately 1-2 times a month depending on weather.

Another equally important part of successful pond treating is the owner’s eagerness to learn about the products and how they work. It is important to care for a pond because ponds are collectors—they are made to collect runoff. This runoff often contains fertilizer, live-stock waste, septic drainage and leaves. All these things contribute to growth in a pond. If these things aren’t managed, excessive growth will choke the pond, making it useless or worse, causing a fish kill.

If you are willing to make the effort to prioritize your pond care, the right products can be found at your local MFA store, and the knowledge is listed here.

Equipment: Sprayer, gloves, paddle boat/canoe. Another piece of equipment highly recommended is an aerator, which will maximize your efforts and ensure your pond has plenty of oxygen for the health of your fish.

Maintenance: Pond Dye (Crystal Blue) and Beneficial Pond Bacteria (Natural Pond Cleaner)—1 gallon will treat 1 acre with an average depth of 4 to 6 feet. Pond dye is based on personal preference, and this is a start-ing point. You will use these maintenance products every 30 days or when color fades. Just pour in several places around pond. Using these products doesn’t guarantee you won’t get growth, it simply makes it easier to get control of growth when it starts.

Curative: First identify growth, and then use the appropriate product to treat. Use an algaecide (Crystal Plex) to control many types of algae that are going to grow. One gallon treats 1 acre 1 to 2 feet deep. Treat only half the pond at a time. For example, mix 1 gallon with 1 gallon of water and spray half the pond. Wait 5 days and do the same to the other side. Killing too much algae at one time will affect oxygen levels, causing a fish kill. Algae will turn brown in 24 to 48 hours.

Use a herbicide (Tsunami DQ) for submerged and floating pond weeds. Application varies based on type of weed you are trying to control. The maximum dose is 2 gallons per acre and is sprayed on. This is a contact herbicide and will take up to 5 days to burn back plants.

Herbicides will also control emerged weeds such as cattails and water lilies. CattPlex is a contact herbicide. Mix 3 oz. of CattPlex and 1 oz. PlexMate to every gallon of water and saturate weed growth. Emerged weeds treated with CattPlex will take 7-14 days to yellow.

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