A pond always adds something to a property. Whether it adds something that is visually appealing is another matter. Like other natural property features, ponds require regular maintenance to retain a striking appearance. For domestic ponds, maintenance typically consists of removing leaves, stopping excess algae growth, and taming water weeds—measures that keep them free of debris, but slightly improve watercolor. To improve the color of pond water, property owners need pond dye, which is a food grade colorant that comes in aqua, black, and shades of blue.
Water Colorant Basics
The thought of dying pond water an artificial color causes some to question the safety of blue lake dye, but the colorant produces no ill effects to fish or other aquatic life. In fact, water colorant can help fish by making them harder for predators to see from the air. Property owners who are not familiar with the effects of water colorant should remember the following points:
- A single application usually lasts six to eight weeks
- The product does not stain
- It does not contain toxic chemicals
- It can be applied in any season
Water dye is available in dry packs and liquid form. The latter disperses the fastest, often coloring a medium size pond in a matter of hours.
Ponds that are poorly maintained are rarely in the best condition to receive water colorant. Although the colorant would still change the color of the water, the change would appear more pleasing if the measures below were taken first.
Remove Large Debris
Large debris such as tree limbs presents two problems: it draws attention away from the finer aspects of a pond, and it contributes to murky water as it decomposes. These problems are magnified when an entire tree is in the water. Requesting the help of a tree service is the safest way to remove trees and large limbs from a body of water.
Remove Particulate Matter
Blue Lake dye can change the color of a water despite how much particulate matter it contains, but removing the matter with a water filter helps give the water a translucent appearance after pond dye is applied. The best filters use a mechanical filtration unit or biological agents to remove particulate matter.
Remove Excess Algae
Excess algae start as small accumulations of algae that float idly at the surface. In a short time, they become large accumulations that look like islands. Unless algaecide is used, the accumulations eventually fuse together and cover the water surface, rendering the effect of water colorant unnoticeable.
Remove Water Weeds
Like algae, water weeds overtake the surface of a pond. They might also lurk beneath the water surface, leeching the water of oxygen that fish and other aquatic life need to live. Waterweeds can be eliminated with herbicide. Implementing a filter system that removes excess nutrients from the water helps prevent them from growing back.
Call Aquadye for Water Colorant
Taking the measures above, and then applying blue lake dye dramatically improves the appearance of pond water. When property owners are ready to change the color of a pond from murky to magnificent, Aquadye is ready to supply the pond dye products they need to accomplish this task. To learn about the benefits and uses for water colorant, browse through our website, or call us today.