Pond bacteria and oxygen plants for a clear pond
Benefits of bacteria in the pond
- Ensure maintenance of clear water;
- They help prevent algae growth;
- Reducing soil sludge;
- The bacteria combine excellently with pond substrate because they adhere to it;
- They convert oxygen into carbon dioxide (CO2), so oxygen plants grow better;
- The microorganisms are environmentally friendly;
- Pond bacteria contribute to better water quality.
What are pond bacteria?
Pond bacteria are single-celled microorganisms that act as a natural filtration system in the water. They convert pollutants such as ammonium and nitrite into substances that are harmless to nature. If you add good quality pond bacteria, you also prevent algae growth in the water, and they reduce organic sludge on the pond floor. Sounds good, right?
The advantage of Bacta Clear pond bacteria in the pond
To keep the pond clean and clear, it is best to use Bacta Clear, a blend of bacteria and enzymes developed by Simon. The product helps break down the residue, known as sludge, that forms at the bottom of the pond from excess fish food, trash, rotting leaves and dead algae. The recommended dosage is 1 liter of Bacta Clear for every 1,000 to 20,000 liters of pond water, and it is safe for humans, animals and plants. It is important to note that using the right mixture of bacteria will also help remove all debris, keeping the water clean and clear.
How often do you add pond bacteria?
It is recommended to add pond bacteria twice a year; once in the spring to start up the pond, or after pond construction and once in the fall to help the pond get through the winter. This helps the biological filter work properly and gives the oxygen plants an extra boost in the spring. It is recommended to add extra pond substrate at the same time in the spring, this will help pond plants grow better.
The usefulness of pond substrate in combination with pond bacteria
The combination of pond bacteria and substrate is an important part of maintaining a healthy pond. Bacteria break down waste products and convert them into useful substances for plants. The substrate acts as a growth and reproductive surface for the bacteria, increases efficiency in waste treatment and limits unwanted algae growth. The substrate also serves as a natural filter and can lead to richer biodiversity in the pond.
Frequently asked questions about pond bacteria
In a pond, nitrifying bacteria are important. These bacteria help convert waste products into CO2. This is necessary for the growth of oxygen plants, which need CO2 to grow. Bacta Clear pond bacteria was specially developed by aquatic plant grower and pond specialist Simon and is the only liquid agent you need to keep a pond healthy if the pond is properly set up.
To maintain the natural habitat of a pond, it is recommended to add bacteria regularly. This is best done in the spring, when the temperature rises above 12°C. After every pond maintenance, the right amount of microorganisms should be added to maintain the balance.
What are nitrifying bacteria?
Nitrifying bacteria are the same as pond bacteria. The organisms attach to pond substrate on the bottom of a pond and to the roots of aquatic plants. They convert pollutants (nitrite and nitrate, for example) into CO2, which is a nutrient for oxygen plants. Without CO2, your oxygen plants can suffocate in the pond. But thanks to the addition of nitrifying bacteria or pond bacteria and sufficient oxygen plants, they keep each other in balance and the water stays nice and clear.