For years, the accepted method of lake management was to wait for a problem, like an algae bloom or excessive aquatic weed growth and then react with a chemical treatment. Although this is effective at providing a quick fix, it does not address the actual problem. In many cases, this reactive approach is catching up with lake owners. Those that have been practicing this form of management are finding it more and more difficult to control unwanted weeds and algae. Chemicals generally provide a quick fix but often mask the real problem.
Over the years, each time you applied chemicals; weeds and algae were killed off and left to rot on the lake/dam, bottom. This is equivalent to adding fertiliser to your lake/dam. When weeds and algae die, they immediately start to biodegrade. During this process, the dead organic matter is converted into rich organic muck and although this would be great for a garden, it has a very negative effect on a lake/dam. The nutrients found in this muck greatly contribute to future weed and algae problems.
The Proactive Approach
There's a better way to prevent these nutrient build-ups from occurring in your lake/dam. We call it PROACTIVE Care involving the following tools:
By aerating your pond from the bottom up, using Subsurface aeration, you'll circulate incredible amounts of water, drastically increasing the dissolved oxygen levels in your water column, which in turn will allow for increased levels of beneficial bacteria to accumulate in your pond. Aquascape Australia can specify and source these aeration systems to suit your needs.
Adding Bacteria Products
Naturally occurring beneficial bacteria begin to colonise in most natural lakes/dams when water temperatures reach approximately 10°C. During the early stages of a lake/dams life cycle this may be enough to maintain a balanced ecosystem although as a pond gets older, especially when chemical applications are needed, it is necessary to start thinking proactively to subsidise Mother Nature's efforts.
The PROACTIVE Care solution? Regularly adding the Aquascape Professional and Lake Water Treatments such as the Lake Bacteria and Wetland Pond & Lake Bacteria as a natural treatment to radically increase your bacteria count. The billions of specialised microbes will compete for the nutrients in your water column and are available in water soluble packs or liquid form. While the Lake Sludge Remover Packs quickly eliminate organic sludge and muck to restore and maintain the ecosystem, keeping water clean, clear and healthy.
Excessive sunlight can have a negative effect on water quality. Adding one of the Lake Blue Pond Dye Packs will beautify your pond and provide a natural shade while improving water quality.
By exercising PROACTIVE Care (Sub-surface Aeration, Bacteria Treatments, and Pond Shading), you'll be aggressively addressing the root of the problem – excess nutrients and sunlight. Give PROACTIVE Care a try… you have nothing to lose – other than nutrients and muck! We GUARANTEE you will be happier with the results!