SPRING POND CARE PART 2

If you missed last months newsletter, Spring Pond Care Part One, you can view it HERE to learn about the difference between Beneficial Bacteria products and Pond Clarifier products. As we saw how product labeling can be confusing, understanding the difference between a Water Conditioner, and a Dechlorinator will make choosing the right one for your pond a breeze. But let’s first look at when and why you need to add a Water Conditioner or Dechlorinator.

WHY DO I NEED TO ADD A DECHLORINATOR TO MY POND?

As many of you know, chlorine and chloramines are toxic to fish. Any start-up pond should be dechlorinated before adding fish. If you just have a water garden, there’s no need to declorinate, it’s a fish issue.

WHEN DO I ADD A DECHLORINATOR TO MY POND?

Besides start-up fish ponds, you’ll need a dechlorinator when doing any significant water changes. If you have an AUTO FILL you don’t need to add a dechlorinator. It’s not a significant amount of water to cause any harm. One of our best selling products is our HOSE-END GARDEN FILTER. Great to use for topping off, or plumbing inline if you have an auto fill. We also like it for water gardens without fish because chlorine and chloramines kill off beneficial microorganisms that nourish plants. As a rule, it’s a good idea to always have enough dechlorinator on hand to treat your entire pond in case of any unforeseen emergency. A hose left on, or a dosage goof with an algaecide that requires an immediate water change can be remedied if you catch it in time.

SO WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A WATER CONDITIONER AND A DECHLORINATOR?

The short answer is: just enough to be a little confusing. To keep it simple, WATER CONDITIONERS are basically souped up DECHLORINATORS. Microbelift’s AQUA EXTREME and Pondcare’s STRESS COAT are both good examples of a water conditioner. They do more than just dechlorinate. Aqua Extreme is unique in that it “ages” the water and reduces ammonia levels. Pondcare’s Stress Coat reduces stress and contains aloe vera that helps heal minor abrasions. Always look for a water conditioner or dechlorinator tailored to your needs. If your fish are stressed out, get one that contains a stress relief component. If ammonia is an issue, get one that helps reduce ammonia like Aqua Extreme. Switch back and forth depending on what’s going on. For example, you might want to use Aqua Extreme in the Summer when your fish are actively feeding, and thus actively excreting. Or if your fish are being stalked by a predator, choose the one with the added stress relief. Every manufacturer makes them a little different, so look for the one that solves more issues than one.

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