We all know the natural beauty of water can be mesmerizing. Turn that same water a deep-blue color and it will go from mesmerizing to downright hypnotic. But the benefits go beyond beautifying. Pond managers also use pond dye to control unwanted plants and algae, as well as protect the beneficial bacteria from dangerous UV rays.
Beneficial bacteria in a pond? Yes, just like the beneficial bacteria in your body that help keeps your digestive system humming right along, bacteria on the bottom of your pond keeps everything in check. It consumes excess nutrients from fertilizer run off and fish poop and converts those nutrients into harmless gas. This helps keep your water clear and limits expansive plant growth that thrive on excess nutrients. Pond dye shades out sunlight from reaching the pond bottom, thus keep the precious bacteria from being fried by the sun’s harmful rays.
Additionally, that shading action keeps plants from receiving this same sunlight, which plants need to survive. Therefore, shading the water helps keep plants and algae from becoming a problem. Finally, it just looks cool. Look at these pictures from a koi pond in Pensacola and tell me which you prefer.
There are also several colors to choose from. Black Diamond creates’ a mirrored surface, perfect for ponds in a natural setting to reflect the surrounding trees. Nature’s Blue is perfect for decorative ponds and contrasts well with green leaves and grass. Our customer’s favorite is Twilight Blue, which is a deep blue color that is the most effective at shading the water column while still retaining a natural look for your pond.
Finally, dying your pond is not expensive. It’s one of the most economical ways to control unwanted plant populations, and because there are no harsh chemicals or herbicides, there are zero safety concerns after applying. There are no water-use restrictions to people, pets, & wildlife.
Combining a pond-dye regimen with an aeration system is a foundation for a healthy and attractive looking pond. Pond dyes don’t work well in ponds with lots of flow and may need to be applied more often in these situations. Be sure to talk to one our biologist about how a pond-dye regimen can be beneficial for your lake or koi pond.