Beneficial Bacteria is Part of a Natural Oklahoma Ecosystem
Beneficial bacteria is part of a natural eco-system. There are thousands of naturally occurring strains of bacteria in Oklahoma ponds. Some bacteria consumes organic material. Some bacteria consumes nitrogen in the pond. Without it algae will run rampant in your pond.
Have The Right Surface Area
Beneficial bacteria needs surface area in the form of nooks and crannies to colonize and help keep the pond beautiful. 3/4” gravel that is about 1 1/2 deep (not more than 2 inches!) on the bottom of the pond and between the bigger rocks is perfect for beneficial bacteria.
Add The Right Amount of Bacteria
Know the gallons in your pond and read the directions on the bacteria container before adding it. Some bacteria is mixed with an algaecide and can kill fish if over dosed! If you do not know how to find out how many gallons are in your pond contact us.
Store Bacteria Correctly
Bacteria needs to be stored inside. Freezing or overheating can kill the liquid living bacteria, rendering it useless. Liquid bacteria works more quickly, but powder bacteria stores more easily and works very well when added regularly.
Add Bacteria Weekly
This is very important. Some people add it a couple of times and stop. They call me when the algae is going crazy and they don't know why. It has to be added consistently is because the bacteria consumes organic material and nitrogen. When it’s consuming it the algae can’t! But as soon as the food sources gone the bacteria starts to die off. When nutrients enter the pond whether from fish or organic debris, it will be a food source to something. If there’s no bacteria because it died off when its food source was gone then the algae will begin to grow.
Know When To Add Extra Bacteria
There are times when it will need a double dose.
Being Consistent is the Key
Don't think you'll remember to do this weekly? Call us and we can take care of your pond for you! We can also install an Autodoser that keeps the bacteria dosed correctly daily.
Remember, if the pond is full of sludge, algae and decaying material, you may have to start with a cleanout and then add bacteria consistently. Bacteria alone can't clean up a pond that has not been cared for.
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