Having trouble keeping your Oklahoma pond clean? It happens to everybody. You go outside to enjoy your pond, or show it off to a friend, only to find its once clear blue water has turned a "pea soup" green.
Fortunately, there is a cheap and stylish solution: Decorative Gravel! We place it in our own ponds because decorative gravel truly keeps your Oklahoma pond ecosystem healthy. Science proves it! It’s all about allowing beneficial bacteria to seed and grow. If you let beneficial bacteria flourish, algae problems will be a thing of the past.
Read on to learn the science behind the process!
Beneficial Bacteria Removes Nitrogen From The Pond
Beneficial bacteria actually removes nitrogen from the water column, starving the algae. Algae uses nitrogen as a food source – the more nitrogen, the more food for algae. Just like any other organism, algae grows when it eats and shrivels when it starves. If you cut off the nitrogen, it will not be able to grow.
Algae isn’t the only thing that makes your pond murky – especially if you have fish! Beneficial bacteria’s uses extend beyond removing nitrogen. It also can help to break down fish waste and organic matter, digesting and removing that unhealthy matter from the ecosystem.
How does beneficial bacteria tie into decorative gravel, you may ask? Decorative gravel actually gives beneficial bacteria a place to settle. It will rest on your gravel and get to work. Without the gravel, the bacteria cannot settle and all that gunk you want out of the picture will begin to thrive. The gravel indirectly fights the algae off!
Beneficial Bacteria: Think ‘Probiotics’
Look at beneficial bacteria as probiotics. We take probiotics for our cells to have a healthy gut, right? Here in Oklahoma, "Tea" is everywhere just for this reason! It keeps our immune system strong and allows us to feel better as a result. That same idea applies to a pond’s ecosystem. When you add decorative gravel into the ecosystem, the nitrogen level drops and algae starves out. Your pond will be clean as can be.
Rocks and Gravel Are Part of the Oklahoma Pond Ecosystem!
Our clients can see the benefits in a big way compared to friend’s ponds that may be gravel-free. It’s an easy fix to algae problems, one of the most common issues pond owners face. If you don’t already have decorative gravel at the bottom of your pond, hit us up. We’ll make sure your pond has everything it needs to maintain a healthy ecosystem, look great, and excite those fish.
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Tim Trammell has been building, designing, servicing and maintaining pond in the Oklahoma City Metro area for over 20 years. His company Continental Ponds, is Oklahoma's first Master Certified Aquascape Contractor and is an national award winning pond and water feature builder.