Posts Tagged “lake dye”
A homeowner creates a backyard paradise with the expectation of walking out each morning to stunning beauty. Unfortunately, a constant battle arises as natural photosynthesis allows algae to take over even the smallest man-made pond. The unsettling site of a pond covered with mostly vegetation is common to owners who do not have the time or resources to manage this invading and pernicious plant. Additional organisms residing in the body of water diminish as undergrowth continues to flourish. An aquatic pool eventually finds itself with an amplified vegetation of undesirable plant life and diminishing fish. Once the situation has progressed, it can be extremely difficult to turn around. Lake dye is an effective option for preventing or maintaining a clean look after overgrowth has been removed. It can be applied at any time to stop the development of algae; however, decomposed matter often has to be removed to make an aquatic body easier to manage. Bulk pond dyes ease the cost of continued treatment by offering a decreased price per unit.
Bulk Pond Dyes Accomplish Frequent Treatment Needs
How do bulk pond dyes work within a large or small aquatic pool, and what is the frequency of application? Depending on the current overgrowth situation, dyes could require monthly or weekly treatment to gain control. Once algae development has been remedied, these products are applicable throughout the year. Colorants create a protective layer on the surface of a pond that reflects the light wavelengths algae and weeds need to grow. This retraction of light prevents the plants from consuming the oxygen other plants need to develop and removes the conditions that cause out of control growth. Certain attributes make a body of water better suited for the application of lake dye, with the amount of water turnover having particular significance. An aquatic pool with too much turnover does not allow the colorant to remain strong enough to accomplish reflection or maintain a desired color. A pool with minimal to no turnover results in clouding, rather than the expected visual appearance.
Chemicals are capable of damaging additional life within a body of water and do not prevent the further growth. They control it by killing off what has reached the surface, but do not prevent algae from developing at the bottom. Bulk pond dyes are an applicable alternative for controlling growth at the source, rather than by consistently adding chemicals to the environment. Inability of the sun to penetrate the deeper parts of the water causes the conditions of a pond to be a less ideal growth environment, making it easier to manage a beautiful appearance. Algaecides are capable of killing off too much and removing essential elements other organisms need to remain healthy. Water turnover, total depth and area, and colorant strength determine the time between applications. Lake dyes typically remain effective for approximately six weeks, and events such as rain diminish the period between applications. Bulk buying is the best option for treating multiple bodies of water, or in situations where frequent treatments are required because it reduces the total cost of maintenance.
Pond colorants have several benefits: they improve the appearance of water, help control algae growth, and they can hide fish from aerial predators. There are also certain qualities colorants do not have, despite much belief to the contrary. If you are thinking about using lake dye, you may have heard that it performs the following, all of which are myths.
Myth One: It Stains Fish
Applying blue water dye to a pond will make its fish turn blue—the idea seems plausible, but it is false. The pigment stays suspended in water and does not attach to objects; therefore, it does not stain animals, humans, plants, or fish. If fish swam in a body of water containing nothing but blue water dye, they would not turn blue.
Myth Two: Everlasting Effect
Many property owners are so pleased with the effect of the product they wish it was permanent, but a single application normally lasts six to eight weeks. Once the product is applied it cannot be removed, but it gradually fades away.
Myth Three: It Kills Algae
Pond colorants do not contain ingredients that kill algae, but they can limit the growth of algae by limiting the sunlight it receives. This happens because the suspended pigment prevents UV rays from reaching low growing algae. Lake dye inhibits algae growth, but only algaecide is designed to kill algae.
Myth Four: It Makes Water Look Unnatural
Some hues of dye, such as light blue and aqua, give water a tropical appearance that looks unusual in certain surroundings, but dark blue and black hues make water appear natural in almost any surrounding. Because they reflect the sky and nearby foliage, woodland water bodies that are dyed dark blue or black look especially natural.
Myth Five: It is Harmful for the Environment
Some water colorants may harm the environment, but Aquadye products are formulated to be environmentally friendly. They are harmless to fish, humans, plants, and animals, and are free of chemicals that pollute soil, air, and water. The easiest way to learn if a product is environmentally harmful is to check if the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has regulated any of its ingredients.
Myth Six: It is Expensive
Water colorant is not expensive to purchase, and a single application lasts well over a month. Therefore, the only way that coloring a body of water can be costly is if it is especially large. Most domestic water bodies can be treated year-round for less than $1,000. For example, a 16-acre foot water body that has a moderate water turnover rate can usually be treated for about $800 a year.
Call Aquadye for Water Colorant
Lake dye by Aquadye gives property owners the unique opportunity to change the color of their lake or pond. It may also help them control algae growth and hide fish from predators, but it does not do what is listed above. For more information about pond colorants, browse through our website, or call us today.
A well-kept lake is an excellent place for leisure activities, such as fishing, swimming, and water skiing, just to name a few. What constitutes a well-kept lake is a matter of opinion, but the following lake maintenance strategies will benefit the appearance of any lake, making it look cleaner and clearer than before.
Applying Water Colorant
Depending on a lake’s water turnover rate, Lake dye will color its water for six to eight weeks. Available in aqua, blue, dark blue, and black, the colorant is ideal for bodies of water that are free of excess algae, large debris, and water weeds.
Settling Suspended Sediments
Many lakes experience suspended sediments following heavy rain or an earthquake, or because a nearby construction sight produces muddy runoff. Most sediment sinks in a matter of days, but when it stays suspended, applying limestone, gypsum, or filter alum may be necessary to settle it. Placing small hay bales along the shoreline at 40-foot intervals can also settle sediments. The decomposing hay creates a low electrical charge that causes sediments to clump together to sink.
Removing Excess Algae
A lake maintenance procedure that can be performed manually or by applying algaecide, removing excess algae can profoundly improve the appearance of a lake. The removal of excess algae is commonly performed before lake dye is applied. Although water colorant changes the color of the water, it does not cancel the appearance of floating algae.
Installing an Aerator
An aerator promotes the circulation of air to the bottom of a lake to disrupt stratification. If left undisturbed, stratification creates a deepwater area known as a thermocline, which has low oxygen levels, low temperatures, and a build up of toxins from decaying plant matter. To prevent the thermocline from releasing toxins and killing fish, the aerator stops it from forming in the first place.
Installing a Filtration System
A filtration system removes particulate matter and excess nutrients that make water murky and encourage the growth of algae and water weeds. Most filtration systems perform filtration by using chemicals, biological agents, or a mechanical filter. Because chemical filtration can harm aquatic life, a system that uses biological agents or a mechanical filter is the best choice.
Applying Sludge Digester
Sludge digester is composed of biological agents that remove the natural layer of sludge at the bottom of lakes and ponds. Because the layer is rich in nutrients, bacteria, and vegetation, it causes water to smell bad, robs it of oxygen, and encourages the growth of unwanted vegetation. Compared to manual sludge removal methods, as well as costly, hard to repair liners, a sludge digester is easy to use and cost-effective.
A Combined Effort
Most lakes require more than one type of maintenance to stay looking beautiful. In addition to applying lake dye, a lake’s appearance can be improved by settling suspended sediments, removing excess algae, installing an aerator, installing a filtration system, and applying a sludge digester. If your lake needs water colorant, Aquadye has the products you need. To learn more about other maintenance measures, contact a lake and pond care company.
Black pond dye (a.k.a. lake dye) can improve the water color of a pond dramatically, but not every type of dye, or every dye seller, is equal. When property owners need assistance choosing the right dye product for their lake or pond, the following advice can help:
Distinguish Between Full Strength and Maintenance Doses
In terms of dose strength, there are two types of water colorants—full strength colorants and maintenance strength colorants. If a pond is being colored for the first time, a full strength colorant should be applied. When the full strength dose begins to wear off, then a maintenance dose should be applied. Both dose strengths are available in several colors and quantities.
Choose a Product that Lasts Long Enough
The staying power of the colorant is determined by two factors—its concentration, and the water turnover rate of the water body in which it is applied. A full strength dose should last roughly six weeks in a water body that has a high turnover rate, and roughly eight weeks in a body of water that has a low turnover rate. Selecting a product that is formulated to last six to eight weeks is ideal.
Choose an Eco-Friendly Product
Like algaecide, lake dye was not originally an ecofriendly solution. Today, it is available in formulations that are safe for humans, animals, plants, fish, and the microbial life found in natural bodies of water. To color a pond without disrupting its delicate ecosystem, applying ecofriendly black pond dye is the best choice.
Do Use Colorant as Algaecide
Water colorant is often mentioned as a remedy for excess algae, but it is not designed to kill algae. Water colorant can be used to limit the growth of algae—what it does naturally by limiting the UV rays that deep growing algae receive—but it cannot remove excess surface algae. If the water contains excessive algae, algaecide should be applied before water colorant is applied.
Buy from a Dependable Seller
What determines a dependable seller? Normally, it is a seller that has operated successfully for at least two years. When they use a particular dye color, property owners want the color to remain available, which requires the seller to remain in business. Because a new company is likelier to close its doors than an established one, buying from an established seller is the safest choice.
Aquadye Sells Water Colorant
Lake dye can make a dramatic difference in the color of pond water, but property owners have to be careful about which product they buy, and the company you buy it from. At Aquadye, we produce only the highest quality aqua, blue, “midnite blue,” and Black water colorants. In addition to being ecofriendly, our colorants are lasting, affordable, and non-staining.
For over twenty-five years, Aquadye has been committed to providing ecofriendly products that improve the water quality of lakes and ponds. For quality black pond dye, Aquadye is the company to call.
Lake dye is food grade dye formulated to stay suspended in water for weeks at a time. Used to beautify lakes by changing their color from a brackish hue to a striking aqua, blue, or black hue, the colorant is also implemented as a part of standard lake maintenance, particularly for algae control. When property owners investigate the benefits of applying water colorants to lakes or ponds, they often ask the following questions:
What colors are available?
The most popular colors are aqua, light blue, dark blue, and black, though other, more exotic colors may also be available. Most users of water colorant prefer the colors above because they give the water a natural look that compliments the surrounding environment.
How much does it cost to color a lake year round?
The cost of coloring a lake year round depends on at least four aspects:
- The cost of the colorant
- The lifespan of the colorant
- The volume of the water body
- The water turnover rate of the water body
Large bodies of water typically require more colorant than small bodies of water, and water bodies that have a high turnover rate generally require more colorant than water bodies that have a low turnover rate. In many cases, a medium size lake can be colored year round for less than $1,000. For example, a lake that contains sixteen acre-feet of water, and has a moderate turnover rate can be colored for roughly $800 a year.
How does the colorant deter algae growth?
Because it limits the amount of sunlight that deep growing algae receive, lake dye can be used as a lake maintenance measure to control algae growth. However, it does not kill algae the way algaecide does. If a water body contains excessive algae, ecofriendly algaecide should be applied before colorant is applied.
How long does the colorant last?
The colorant is formulated to last six to eight weeks, depending on the water turnover rate of the body of water. To determine exactly how long a single application of colorant will last, the property owner must calculate the water turnover rate.
Can the colorant stain natural or manmade materials?
No. The colorant is formulated to be non-staining to fish, animals, plants, humans, and any natural or manmade material.
How does the colorant impact the aquatic ecosystem of a lake?
The colorant changes the color of a water body without disrupting its aquatic ecosystem, even at the microbial level. Because the colorant is food grade colorant, it is non-toxic to fish, plants, reptiles, and microorganisms that inhabit a lake.
Aquadye Sells Water Colorant
Applying lake dye is the easiest way to beautify brackish lake water, and Aquadye supplies the full strength and maintenance strength colorants that property owners need to keep their lake colored year round. For over twenty-five years, Aquadye has provided affordable, ecofriendly dye solutions for lake maintenance. To learn more about our products, browse through our website, or call us today.
It should be simple—a pond is a certain size of water, smaller than a lake, larger than a puddle—only it is not quite that easy. For our pond and lake product purposes, the size generally falls between one acre (which is our pint-size covers), and four acres for a gallon cover. Obviously, more gallons of lake dye colorant will cover more acres, and more content could be effective where light reaches the bottom of a pond, where algae grow.
It is worth noting that it derives from the word “pound,” originally meaning an enclosure (hence dog pound, animal pound, etc.). As a technical or even general term, it seems the word “pond” is used in a huge variety of ways—and some of them contradictory.
For example, most of us have heard of Walden Pond, which Henry David Thoreau made famous in his writings. However, this particular pond is larger than nearby Crystal Lake, which is roughly half its size.
Ponds are used for a number of different reasons. Ponds can be natural or manufactured, and are usually shallow. Here are some versions you may never have heard of:
• There is a sport called Pro Swooping or Canopy Piloting that uses a skydiving parachute.
• Hindu temples usually have one in close proximity for bathing pilgrims.
• There are Kettle Ponds, created from retreating glaciers.
• In Scotland, ponds are called a “lochan,” but natives also apply that term to larger bodies such as lakes.
• Minnesota, known as the “Land of a Thousand Lakes,” generally considers a pond to have a surface area less than ten acres.
• The British often refer, tongue in cheek, to the Atlantic Ocean as “The Big Pond.”
There are agricultural versions and grazing stock versions, and, at a minimum, some thirty-plus manufactured versions.
Chances are that you do not have one of these types of ponds near you, except Minnesota residents. However, at some point you will have an algae problem in your pond or lake that our dye products can help you eliminate.
Our pond colorant products are not just restricted to aquatic uses. Please visit the “Colour Et Al” page on our website for more details. Other uses for our products exist, such as:
• Tie Dye
• Antifreeze And Deicers
• Candles and Waxes
• Car Wash Soaps and Detergents
• Cement and Concrete
• Fluorescent Dyes
• Greases – Lubricants and Oil based products
• Soaps and Detergents
Please call our customer service department for more details on what we can do for you. Our products are sold wholesale. The above list is not exhaustive, and we can help you determine which of our products can best suit your needs. We are constantly researching and developing new products, so if our comprehensive list does not include what you need, we may still be able to help you.
Be it a private pond in someone’s backyard, or a water hazard on the local golf course, businesses and individuals can spend a lot of time and money maintaining these watering holes. Unattended, these lakes and ponds can be overrun by stagnation and debris.
Algae are at the root of most cluttering problems. Aided by sunlight, these aquatic plants quickly grow from at a lake’s bottom all the way to the surface ensnaring everything in its path. Soon a pond is filled with fallen branches, heaps of floating leafs, and an unsightly brownish green hue.
When this happens, folks usually hire a pond treatment company or maintenance crew to come in and comb the water clean. Not only can these cleanings be costly, but intrusive as well, leaving shoreline plants trampled, fish eggs and animal life destroyed (animals that actually help keep your water clean and clear), and, in many cases, leave your watering hole worse off than before.
Another popular treatment is to employ algaecides and herbicides to combat the aquatic plant growth. Again, this costly option is harmful to all aquatic life and can require large doses to get the job done. Moreover, these products have added dyes that can turn your pond into an unnatural shade of green or blue and once again leave your lake looking like a bog.
There exists another option. Inexpensive and eco-friendly lake dyes can keep waters clear and clean for months at a time. Using only a few measured cups, this treatment can turn bleak or unattractive ponds into a shimmering reflection pool or a desolate looking swamp into a glistening crystal blue oasis.
These treatments are nontoxic food-based dyes and are not harmful to aquatic life or humans. Instead of using large amounts of algaecides that will kill everything in its path, this eco-friendly alternative will not harm, stain, or leave a soapy residue in your lake or pond.
Not only will they keep your water pool looking beautiful, but the dye’s pigmentation acts as a natural barrier to sunlight, not allowing its rays to reach the bottom to germinate algae spoors. This, in turn, retards the algae’s growth, keeping your pond clear of weeds and other debris.
Best of all, these treatments are low-volume and inexpensive. Even a gallon of these dyes are under $50, with most lakes and ponds only needing a few doses to see immediate results, whereas most algaecides and herbicides can be pretty pricy by the bottle and require multiple applications to see any real changes.
With this dye treatment, that unsightly backyard bog is now an inviting pond that the whole family can enjoy. Those swamp-like water hazards on the municipal course will be transformed into glimmering pools and lakes that can distract even the most focused of golfers during their backswing. All of this is offered at a low price that is also eco-friendly.
If your lake suffers from poor water color, don’t waste time trying to spoon or vacuum away brackish sediments and debris, solutions that help small ponds but not larger lakes. Instead, look for a solution that efficiently improves your entire lake. Below, we list five such solutions that, depending on your lake’s needs, could give it the fresh appearance it’s been missing.
1. Eco friendly Aqua Herbicide
Eco friendly aqua herbicide targets water weeds that contribute to water debris and make a lake’s banks looks unkempt. As with herbicide for land growing plants, aqua herbicide should be purchased based on the weeds you wish to eliminate. If you don’t know the names of the weeds that vex your lake, consulting with a pond maintenance company or a seller of aqua herbicide is the best option. Most aqua herbicides need to be reapplied at regular intervals.
2. Eco friendly Algaecide
For many lake owners, too much algae is the culprit behind their lake’s greenish color, a problem that eco friendly algaecide can resolve. In addition to improving your lake’s appearance, reducing excess algae is key to ensuring its retains enough oxygen to support fish life. Algaecide should be applied to reduce algae to a healthy level, not eliminate it. As with aqua herbicides, most algaecides need to be reapplied at regular intervals.
3. Eco Friendly Pond Dye
Unlike aqua herbicides and algaecides, eco friendly pond dyes change your lake’s water color. While the dye’s colors are potentially endless, blue, aqua, dark blue, and reflective black remain the most popular. Most dye applications last 6-8 weeks, depending on a lake’s water turnover rate, the rate at which existing water cycles out as new water cycles in. Eco friendly pond dye is non-staining to fish, people, animals, soil, and water equipment.
4. Bacteria and Enzyme Additives
When lakes have an overabundance of nutrients, they often have an overabundance of vegetation that encourages brackish water. To keep your lake’s nutrient levels naturally in check, applying bacteria and enzyme additives is the optimal solution. Lake maintenance additives won’t dramatically change your lake’s color, but they do set the stage for applying pond dyes. The less vegetation debris your pond contains, the easier it is for pond dyes to work their magic.
5. Buffer Alum Compounds
Buffer alum compounds send water borne sediments back to your lake’s bottom. Typically used in instances where churned up sediments are significantly altering water color, such as following an earthquake or heavy rain, buffer alum compounds are intended as an occasional solution, not a frequent application. If your lake has fish, be sure to apply “buffer” alum compounds, as opposed to regular alum compounds.
With spring around the corner, there’s no time like the present to start planning your warm weather lake care measures. Whether you have a lake that you’d like to maintain but never do, or you always start the maintenance process late, this blog is for you. Below, we cover the importance of starting the maintenance process when the branches start budding and what measures to take if you haven’t performed maintenance before.
The Early Bird Gets the Worm
The biggest reason to perform early maintenance early is the terrific plant growth that lakes encourage. Due to their moist soil and a steady supply of animal and reptile droppings at their inner banks, most lakes facilitate more plant life than their nearby surroundings, and can eventually create an encirclement of impenetrable cattails, briars, and other tough weeds, a barrier that renders a lake as useless as it is unsightly.
Getting the right Lake Maintenance Supplies
Defending against bank weeds could take several paths, the most reliable being the application of herbicides that target weeds that invade your region’s ponds and lakes. And if you fancy a manicured, grassy bank, you can apply conventional weed killers after that. If not, you’ll still be in for an easy summer of weed eating around your lake’s perimeter instead of weed whacking dense, tough growth.
Algaecides Versus Water Dyes
In addition to applying herbicides, it’s also important to apply to algaecide in quantities that prevent excess algae but that don’t inhibit its growth altogether. Water dyes are also recommended as algae inhibitors, but they only inhibit deep algae by limiting reception of UV rays, meaning you should still buy algaecide for surface algae, which could overtake your lake’s surface if left unchecked.
Best Approach for Tree and Limb Removal
By killing weeds before they start, you’ll also make it easier to (a) remove any trees or limbs that fall into your water over the summer and (b) spend time removing any trees or limbs fell into it in seasons past. If you’re planning on tackling an untamed pond that features dead trees or limbs, you’ll be inclined to do the “big work” first. However, the big work would be killing tons of vegetation in hotter weather and cutting and raking it away.
Improving Your Lake’s Color
Once your water is free of weeds, algae, and debris, it’s time to address its color. Without lake dye, most lakes stay a greenish brown. But with the dye, their color can be improved to a refreshing blue, a majestic blue/black, a summery aqua, or a reflective black. The dye is safe and non-staining for humans, animals and fish, and works best in lakes that have a moderate water turnover rate, the rate at which new water cycles in as existing water cycles out.
When people see the transformative effects it can have on ponds and lakes, they often ask, what is a lake dye? The answer is simple: lake dye—also known as pond dye and water dye—is a naturally formulated to change the color of lake or pond water, changing it from murky brown or green to a gentle blue, refreshing aqua, majestic blue/black, or reflective black, with blue and aqua being popular for lakes in manicured settings and blue/black and black being popular for lakes in woodland settings. Below, we look at some of the most common uses for lake dye.
What is a Lake Dye: Its Frequent Uses
1. Improving the Appearance of Private Real Estate
Homeowners commonly use pond dye to improve the appearance of their property for their enjoyment or to beautify it prior to placing it on the market. When applied to ponds and lakes that have moderate water turnover, dyes can make dull water appear a translucent blue, aqua, blue/black or black down to a depth of roughly three feet, producing a striking first impression. Whether your lake needs improvement before you place your property on the market or you wish to improve your lake’s water color, dye is an affordable solution that can have a major impact.
2. Improving the Appearance of Commercial Real Estate
Have you ever noticed that lakes and ponds located on commercial real estate often have a refreshingly blue or aqua hue, or a black tint that beautifully reflects surrounding trees? That’s lake dye in action. Commercial real estate owners dye their ponds and lakes in hopes of making their property an increasingly unique experience, and they usually succeed. If you own commercial real estate that features one or more ponds and/or lakes, dyeing them is a great way to get them, and your general property, more noticed.
3. Creative Gardening
Are you a green thumb that expresses your creativity using trowels and trellises? If so, you may have an interest in garden ponds, which can offer a fabulous centerpiece or sidepiece to a well-manicured garden or yard area. In many cases, garden fountains feature a pretty fountain, attractive water plants, and even ornamental fish, but their reservoir remains greenish and muddy. Because fountains have great water turnover and can feature filters that remove sediments, they’re excellent candidates for dye to have a major impact on water color.
4. Great for Use with Algaecide
Professional gardeners use environmentally preferred algaecide to cut down on excessive algae growth, which can eventually kill fish and other organisms by robbing water of its oxygen content. Removing algae also improves water color, but it doesn’t change it to one of the aforementioned colors. Therefore, following up algaecide’s water clarifying effect with dye only makes sense. For more information on what lake dye can do for your property, contact us about water dye options today.