Posted on May 12 2021
Ponds are a great set piece for any yard. Whether they’re tiny, massive, filled with fish, or filled with elaborate decorations, your pond should be an eyecatcher. However, what you don’t want is your pond to catch attention because it smells or looks disgusting! We’ve gathered some of the most common signs of pond problems to help you catch trouble before it gets any worse. We’ve also included some solutions we offer right here on our site.
If you can’t see far beneath the surface of your pond, you’re likely suffering from murky water. Very few ponds are crystal clear – but that doesn’t mean yours should be cloudy! Erosion, muck, and even plant or animal life cause murky water. Often, murky water is a symptom rather than a cause; if your pond is murky, it could be a warning sign for things to come.
Recommended solutions: For small ponds, we recommend using Crystal Clear One Fix or Crystal Clear Biological Clarifier to treat murky water. For larger ponds, we recommend the use of Clean Water Pro Lake Clarifier.
Strong, foul odour
Your pond is supposed to be a place of relaxation and peace. However, if you have to hold your nose when you walk by, something is wrong with your pond! A healthy pond will have a slight scent but shouldn’t cause you to gasp for air every time you approach it. A variety of factors, including excess aquatic vegetation or muck, cause bad smells.
Recommended solutions: For small ponds, we again recommend using Crystal Clear One Fix or Crystal Clear Biological Clarifier. These products also treat noxious odours. For larger ponds, we again recommend using Clean Water Pro Lake Clarifier.
Significant aquatic plant growth
You likely have some level of aquatic plant growth around your pond – and that’s okay! All ponds should have plants that float on the surface, grow near or under the water’s edge, or even grow underwater. Excessive growth causes muck build-up, unsightly and untidy plants, and even damage to your pond’s ecosystem. Excess nutrients often cause significant aquatic plant growth in the pond.
Recommended solutions: For all pond sizes, we encourage the use of Pond Logic Pond Dye, which will shade your pond from the sun’s UV rays, slowing aquatic growth. For small ponds, we again suggest using Crystal Clear One Fix or Crystal Clear Biological Clarifier. These products will also help prevent aquatic plants from taking over. For larger ponds, we again recommend using Clean Water Pro Lake Clarifier.
If there’s one thing you can blame all of your pond problems on, it’s probably muck. All ponds, healthy or not, have a layer of muck at the bottom. Muck is a collection of organic materials from dead plants and animals. While this layer is essential for a healthy pond, too much build-up can create bad smells and murky water, cause greater plant growth, and even create a toxic environment for animals that depend on the water. Muck may not be an obvious problem, and therefore may not be a priority for you to fix; however, if you want a sustainable, long-lasting, and healthy pond, it’s essential that you treat the muck.
Recommended solutions: For small ponds, we recommend the use of Crystal Clear Muck Out. For larger ponds, you can use Clean Water Pro Muck Eliminator to treat your muck problems. These products will not only remove muck but also help reduce foul smells. Lastly, we also recommend using a Muck Razer tool so that you can dig out the most stubborn muck.
If you’re still unsure about how best to treat your pond, contact us! We’re here to help you any time.