Beneficial bacteria living in the biological filter and throughout the rocks and gravel in the pond are another key component to achieving crystal clear water and reducing pond maintenance. The bacteria, similar to aquatic plants consume excess nutrients, but are also capable of breaking down organic debris. It is important to the ponds ecosystem for these maintenance microbes to become established as early in the spring as possible. Aquascape's Cold Water Bacteria is perfect of this time of year because it works at temperatures below 50F and contains 7 pure strains of concentrated beneficial bacteria that go to work quickly, cleaning and balancing your ornamental pond.
After your spring cleaning is done and it is time to put your favorite fishy friends back in their home, it is always best to add a little Aquascape Pond Detoxifier to remove any chlorine and chloramines from the water. This makes it safer for your fish and your plants. It also repairs the fish slime coat and reduces the stress caused by removing them to clean your pond.
Fish are also sensitive to water temperature, and as it warms up, you will see more activity, and be tempted to feed them. You've missed your fish all winter, but until the water temperature is consistently at 55? F, don't feed them. Their metabolism is still in slow motion and they are unable to digest the food properly. If you do feed them and food cannot be digested, this can result in food starting to decay in the body of the fish causing fish to become sick and possibly resulting in their death. When you do start feeding them, begin with small amounts of a quality fish food formulated for colder water temperature, such as Aquascape Premium Coldwater Fish Food Pellets for all pond fish.
With spring comes planting season and if you are doing a pond cleanout, this is the perfect time to plant, repot and fertilize your water lilies. Aquascape's Pond Plant Media all natural, non-toxic alluvial planting media is fine-grained and perfect for supporting the growth of your aquatic plants. Our premium potting media contains no peat moss or compost and is safe for fish.
Next comes the fertilizing of pond plants which is an important step toward balancing your pond. Strong healthy plants quickly utilize excess nutrients. Aquascape has two fertilizers, one short-term and one long-term. For optimal results use both fertilizers. The short-term fertilizer (Aquascape's 10-14-8 Pond Plant Fertilizer) will jumpstart your plants in the spring and the long-term fertilizer (Aquascape's Once a Year Fertilizer) will continue to feed your plants for one full year. Good fertilization leads to stronger, healthier plants which helps balance the pond's ecosystem and provides valuable biological filtration that removes nitrogen, ammonia, nitrates and other minerals from pond water. Not only will you have beautiful vibrant lush plants, you will also have crystal clear water quality without the need to use potentially harmful algaecides which will only disrupt the balance of your pond.
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The first step in maintaining a healthy ecosystem is by making sure that there is plenty of bacteria growth. Beneficial bacteria living in the biological filter and throughout the rocks and gravel in the pond are another key component to achieving crystal clear water and reducing pond maintenance. The bacteria, similar to aquatic plants consume excess nutrients, but are also capable of breaking down organic debris. Utilize Aquascape's Beneficial Bacteria to help keep your ecosystem healthy all year long. Choose from our Dry Beneficial Bacteria or our Liquid Beneficial Bacteria.
For those heavy debris situations, Aquascape's SAB Stream and Pond Cleaner is formulated to help reduce pond maintenance and promote the growth of beneficial bacteria and enzymes, and includes a powerful phosphate binder. S.A.B.™ will assist in the breakdown and reduction of debris in the stream, waterfalls, and pond.
Let's face it. Cloudy or discolored pond water just isn't pretty. You can clear it up quickly and easily using Aquascape Rapid Clear, a plant and fish friendly flocculent. A flocculent is a water treatment that removes any turbidity or color so that the water is clear.
Nothing is more frustrating than battling algae. Green water and long, ugly string algae is a big headache. There are many factors that contribute to excessive algae growth, and fighting it can sometimes seem like a losing battle. Aquascape has some great products available to help you win that battle.
The Aquascape IonGen™ effectively kills algae without the use of traditional chemicals and is designed with a microprocessor that sends a signal to its probe. The probe then produces ions to help control algae throughout the entire water feature.
Benefits and features of Aquascape's IonGen™ include:
EcoBlast™ Granular Algaecide is the fastest way to eliminate algae from waterfalls, streams, and fountains. Simply sprinkle EcoBlast™ onto the algae and watch it disappear! EcoBlast™ works best when the product is applied directly to the algae. It's fast-acting, safe for fish, and can be used at any water temperature.
No one wants a green pond so let us help you keep your water clear and reduce your pond maintenance with our easy-to-use, fast-acting Algaecide! Safe for fish and plants, Aquascape Algaecide will not discolor your water or make it cloudy when combating algae blooms.
300- Watt Pond De-Icer (39000)
Pond aerators can also be used during the winter months where the bubbles created at the surface can help keep a small hole open in the ice for oxygenation.
The fact that the AquaForce® can be submerged directly in the pond also makes it a great pump to be used as a winter de-icer. The AquaForce's powerful flow of water positioned just below the surface of the pond will keep a hole open in the ice and ensure critical oxygen levels are maintained in the pond during the cold winter months.
Aquascape Protective Pond Netting keeps predators out while also catching leaves and falling debris before they enter the pond. The reusable netting is easy to install and resists tearing. Complete with 14 stakes to secure netting in place.