Are you considering applying lake dye additives to your lake or pond? If so, you probably want to improve its color. But color improvement isn’t the only benefit that comes with lake dye additives. You could also get benefits you may not know water colorants offer. Below, we list six benefits that come with applying pond dye, beginning with the most obvious.
1. Dramatic Improvement in Water Color
Water dye’s biggest selling point is its improvement of water color, often turning it from a brackish brown or green to a pleasant hue of blue, aqua, dark blue, or reflective black. Such color changes can make once forgotten lakes and ponds attractive for swim parties, water sports, cookouts, or just an evening around the campfire. Improving your water’s color can also make your property more attractive to potential buyers.
2. Easy to Change Colors
Would you like to color your lake/pond blue in the spring, aqua in the summer, dark blue in the autumn, and reflective black in the winter? Because a single dye application usually lasts 6-8 weeks, you can change you water’s colors with the seasons, or more than once within a single season.
3. Can be Complimentary to Algaecide
Some dye companies advertise dye as an algae killer, but dyes aren’t intended to replace algaecide. They can, however, inhibit algae growth by limiting the sunlight received by deep growing algae. If applied in sufficient amounts, water colorant could reduce the amount of algaecide you apply to your pond/lake and the frequency at which you apply it. If you currently use lots of algaecide and don’t use a colorant, implementing the latter may save you money on the former.
4. Can help to Keep Water from Freezing
Some dyes are designed to slightly raise the temperature of water, while others have a natural warming affect thanks to their dark hue that causes heat absorprtion. In either case, applying dyes to your pond/lake may be enough to keep it from freezing over if temperatures don’t dip below a certain point. If you’d like to display your pond in winter, certain dyes may allow you to do it.
5. Can Help to Protect Fish Against Predators
Whether you stock your lake with fish or simply fish for what nature stocks it with, you probably don’t want predators making away with what could be a prime catch. While water colorants aren’t intended for fish protection, they can make fish more difficult for predators to see from the air and along banks if applied in sufficient quantities.
6. Affordable to Keep in Use
Keeping your pond/lake treated with colorant is affordable, with a 1-gallon maintenance strength supply that treats 2 acre feet of water costing roughly $50.