WHAT CAUSES ALGAE?

The #1 cause of algae is due to high phosphate levels. Phosphates occur naturally (and not so naturally) from decaying leaves/plants and excessive fish poop. Phosphates also occur the not so natural way by your utility company adding them to tap water to reduce pipe corrosion. So what can you do about it? 1. Check […]

SUMMER POND MAINTENANCE

With Summer around the corner, sticking to your pond maintenance routine will make all the difference in keeping your pond healthy and clear. To make it easy, I’ve comprised a ‘to do list’ that will keep your pond in perfect balance and looking great. 1. Backflush and/or rinse media in your filter once a week. […]

SPRING POND CARE 2018

Now that pond season is coming into full swing, proper water care will make all the difference in keeping your pond in tip top shape. Adequate filtration is always at the heart of a healthy pond. The better the filtration, the better the pond. You shouldn’t have to rely on an extensive amount of water […]

2017 POND CLEAN-OUT

Cleaning out your pond in the fall is essential for maintaining good water quality over the colder months. Any accumulated debris has a bigger impact in cold temperatures because beneficial bacteria and oxygen levels naturally drop in cold weather. The colder it gets in your area will determine what you need. For a basic pond […]

PRE AUTUMN POND CHECKLIST

With fall around the corner, it’s time to start preparing your pond and fish for the Autumn weather. Your pre fall checklist should include: 1. POND NETS/COVERS Protecting your pond from falling leaves will reduce sludge build up from decaying matter. It’s good medicine for your pond, because excess debris starves oxygen levels which already […]

POND ALGAE CONTROL

We had a customer come in the store the other day lamenting over a severe algae problem, “I wasn’t going for the swampy look” she exclaimed. To effectively treat an algae problem, getting at the cause is much better than treating the symptom. In short, algae is just a result of something gone wrong. We […]

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 […]

SPRING CLEAN OUT 2017

Depending upon the condition of your pond, you will either need a light clean out, or a major clean out. Regardless of what category you fall under, the 2 necessary products you’ll need now and year round are a Beneficial Bacteria – and a Dechlorinator. Use Microbelift’s Super Start – if you’re just starting up […]

TOP 7 SPRING POND TIPS

Spring is the time when your pond comes back to life. Every region is different, but active fish, and aquatic plants sprouting new life are both indicators that your pond is coming out of dormancy. The following Spring pond tips will help you get off to a good start and keep your fish and pond […]

PREDATOR--PROOF YOUR POND!

Predators can wreck havoc in your pond and decimate your fish population. Fortunately, there are simple and affordable precautions you can take to avoid hosting an all you can eat buffet. KNOW YOUR PREDATOR: Identifying which predator is stalking your pond will better equip you with which method of protection you need to implement.  […]