The saying “everything in moderation” can apply to many situations—even organic nutrients in water.
Phosphates are a form of phosphorus that naturally occur in ponds and water features. Depending on the surrounding environmental factors, like rainfall, fertilizer runoff, and more, the levels of this nutrient can vary.
When there’s an excess amount of phosphates, your pond water loses clarity and becomes polluted by a murky green overcast. The effects of this buildup can become unhealthy to the water, fish, and aquatic organisms.
If your pond has nutrient buildup, we recommend reducing phosphorus levels early on to improve the health of the water.
Here’s what happens when phosphate levels are too high.
3 Outcomes of Excess Phosphate Levels
1. Rapid Pond Weed Growth
Excess nutrients will stimulate the growth of aquatic weeds in the pond.
Meaning, ponds weeds grow rapidly with high phosphate levels. The result of too many weeds affects the pond ecosystem in a negative way. Plus, the appearance of the pond overall isn’t pleasant.
2. Too Much Pond Scum
In addition to ponds weeds growing wildly, the clarity of the water fades.
A dark, murky green takes over and clouds up the water.
Checking the water quality for a substance imbalance will help ensure if there’s a major problem, other than unpleasing look. We recommend cleaning with our Phos Negator product to maintain healthy phosphate levels.
3. Harms Fish, Frogs & Aquatic life
Phosphorus is an essential element of plant growth.
Too much of it can be deadly for aquatic life. According to the Water Research Center, the increase of nutrients reduces the amount of dissolved oxygen, endangering the lives of fish.
To keep fish safe, here’s what to do if you find phosphorus in your pond.
Prevent High Phosphate Levels in Your Pond
Do you have excess levels of phosphorus in your pond?
Don’t wait until a problem exists. Get healthy phosphate levels in water. Our Phos Negator product is an all-natural, mineral-based solution. It’s effective in preventing the growth of green organic matter in your pond.
Have questions? Contact our customer service team today to learn more!