If you use your pond for swimming, but the bottom is filled with pond muck and sludge, you probably aren’t really enjoying this water feature. Pond muck isn’t just icky; it also can create hazardous conditions in your pond. Fortunately, we have a few solutions to help you reduce or eliminate this layer of sludge.


The Dirty Truth About Pond Muck

Pond muck or pond sludge or gunk or whatever you want to call it contains many different types of organic materials. This includes debris that falls into your pond, such as leaves, grass clippings, twigs, etc. Pond muck also includes animal waste, such as the waste from fish, waterfowl and other wildlife.


An accumulation of waste and debris isn’t pleasant to think about, but more importantly, it causes oxygen levels to drop in your pond water, a condition known as hypoxia. As oxygen levels drop, this can cause the rapid growth of green organic matter.


This green organic matter also can reduce the oxygen level of the water, which can lead to fish kills. It also causes very unpleasant and sometimes dangerous odors, as well as altering the beauty of your pond. If your pond is pea green in color or covered in floating organic matter, you probably have hypoxic conditions in your pond.


How To Get Rid Of Pond Muck

Of course, how to remove pond sludge is probably your main focus. One tried and true way to remove muck is to vacuum your pond (if it’s very small) or to hire a company to come out and dredge the pond. The latter option can be quite expensive, but if your pond is seriously damaged by a huge muck layer, it might be worth considering.


You also can remove some of the muck with a pond rake. While this is an affordable option, it definitely is a labor-intensive task and might not be completely effective in removing enough of the pond muck.


Using pond sludge remover products with beneficial bacteria can also reduce or eliminate the sludge layer. This can be one of the easiest and most affordable ways to get rid of pond muck. The beneficial bacteria eat away at pond muck as well as the floating organic matter. The organic material and sludge are transformed from solid matter into carbon dioxide and water.


At Healthy Ponds, we have products that contain beneficial bacteria, and they are easy to use. For instance, Natural Blast comes in water-soluble bags, while the AquaSpherePRO is a biodegradable sphere. They are made using safe material and biodegrade over time in the water. The bacteria are released and spread around your pond and begin to consume the excess nutrients and pond muck. Our natural beneficial bacteria-based products are veterinarian-approved and safe for fish, wildlife, pets and humans.


In many cases, your pond might actually look a bit worse for a few days before it begins to look better. As the sludge and pond muck and organic matter begin to be consumed they tend to try and fight back a bit. During the second month of treatment you will start to see improvements.


Preventing Future Issues

Once your pond water is healthy, we highly recommend continuing to treat your water feature each month with our beneficial bacteria. This can reduce the build-up of pond muck as well as the accumulation of floating organic material.


Additionally, we strongly recommend the use of an aeration system. Keeping the water agitated can help keep oxygen levels safe. This is especially important if your pond is stocked with fish, but with an unstocked pond, low oxygen levels still can lead to the growth of green organic matter, sludge and excessive odors.


When it comes to aeration systems, a bottom diffusion system usually is your best option, especially for deeper ponds. Some people prefer a surface aerator, such as a fountain, but these are best for shallower ponds. Still, there is no reason why you can’t install both of these in your pond. They will work together to agitate the water, and a fountain is an eye-catching feature that you will enjoy every day.


Need Help? Contact Us Today

No matter what type of pond issue you might be facing, the team at Healthy Ponds can help. You can go to our homepage and click on the Start Your Treatment tab or you can contact us by phone or click on the chat button at the bottom of our homepage, and a helpful associate will be in touch as soon as possible.


If you have any questions about pond muck, pond water odors, green floating organic matter or just have questions about how to use our products, please contact us. We love helping people remediate pond issues so that they can truly enjoy these amazing water features.

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