IT’S FINALLY HERE!!!! Warm weather, shorts, tee shirts, and VERY active, very playful and Very Hungry fish! You have followed either our recommendations in the spring pond care article, referred to what products we use during our visits, or you had us perform our services to the pond. Either way: Now its time to kick back and enjoy! You have followed the instructions required for the Spring Pond Care and now it’s a matter of keeping up with the regimen of adding the Beneficial bacteria to your pond. Either Bacta-Pur or Microbe-Lift. I would keep on adding the KC Nitrifier for the additional boost throughout the summer months. It does not hurt to ensure they are at the maximum population in your pond. Add Activated Carbon to the pond. Carbon offers a ga-zillion”hotel rooms” for the Nitrifiers to proliferate. Fritzguard to coat the bio-media for superb adherence of the Nitrifiers to the various surfaces in the bio-media as well as on the surfaces within the pond. Aeromonas and Pseudomonas are still on the attack right now. They are pathenogenic bacteria, a “bad” bacterium that is afflicting disease on your fish. Don’t think your pond does not have them… They are in every pond! See our article on Aeromonas alert. Continue on KoiZyme to control the population and keep disease from affecting your fish.
Just check the water quality periodically, say 3-4 weeks if all is well. Add as needed pH down, pH up, pH buffer, Ammo-lock 2, Dechlorinator/Ammonia Remover. Add or recharge your Zeolite to continue its role in absorption of trace Ammonia that can occur. Add Activated Carbon to offer the ga-zillion hotel rooms for the Nitrifying bacteria.
Perform your water changes as needed. Keep the UV Sterilizer on but turn it off for 3 days when you add your Beneficial Bacteria! If the water is not “gin clear” at this point, check your UV sterilizer/Clarifier bulb. Make sure you replace this Every Year! The Sterilizer will combat the Green Water Algae and kills Parasites that could be proliferating right now. If in the past the green water has not been a big deal but your pond from time to time gets murky or blooms occur, then use Accuclear to remove the suspended particles. I would opt to have a UV Sterilizer due to the fact that it kills parasites! Check salt level after your water change and add as needed. See article on Salt. Now let’s address the String Algae. I favor the GreenClean… Great stuff. Use this if string algae are growing excessively. If you catch it midstream you can use this or we use Algae