The Pond and Lake Connection specializes in natural,biological solutions for ponds and lakes. Typically a number of biological approaches are used together for a successful management plan :
- Beneficial Bacteria and Muck Degraders
- Triploid Grass Carp
- Aquatic Plantings
- Manual and Mechanical Removal
There are three different types of aeration that can be used :
Beneficial Bacteria and Muck Degraders
Pond bacteria and muck degraders use a combination of specific strains of bacteria and bacterial enzymes that reduce sludge, control foul odors, and digest the excess nutrients which may cause problematic algae growth.These naturally occurring soil and water bacteria work to clean the entire water column and sludge layer by digesting organic wastes and contaminants. This bacteria is environmentally friendly. It is NOT an algaecide or pesticide, so it does not require a permit or license to apply it.
Grass Carp (Ctenopharyngodonidella) are commonly stocked in ponds that are overrun with aquatic vegetation. They feed on certain plants and can vastly reduce the amount of vegetation in some ponds. Grass Carp are considered an invasive species, so states generally require three things from people wishing to stock them. The inflow and outflow of the lake or pond must be screened to keep the fish within the waterbody. The fish also needs to be certified as Triploid, which means they have been produced to have an extra set of chromosomes and are rendered sterile. Lastly, states require a permit to be completed and reviewed to ensure the first two requirements are met before the fish can be stocked. Triploid grass carp are a good option for long term management.
Native aquatic plants are beneficial to pond and lake ecosystems for several reasons. They actively use nutrients that could otherwise be used by undesirable plants (invasive aquatics) and algae. Plants also provide a substrate for fish and aquatic invertebrates to deposit eggs and provide cover for larval and juvenile fish.
Generally, four native plants are recommended because they are both functional and aesthetic. Common arrowhead, pickerel weed, and native hardy water lilies grow slowly and will not “take over” the lake.
They generally only grow around the edges or where the water level is shallow enough for them to reach the surface. Here they can provide the added benefit of bank stabilization. The fluctuation of water levels caused by dam manipulation and natural processes (spring rain events and summer evaporation) will not harm or impede their growth.
Pond and Lake Skimming
The Pro Skimmer System consists of an in-water floating collection unit that connects by hose to an onshore filtration unit. The heart of the Pro Skimmer System is its in-water floating collection unit, a special skimmer that has been designed to extract only those weeds and organic debris that float on the surface of the water. The in-water floating collection unit creates a powerful vortex of water that draws in floating weeds and debris. The uniquely designed stainless steel pump generates a powerful flow in which water, weeds and debris are collected and pumped through a hose to the on-shore filtration unit. The weeds and debris remain behind on shore in the filtration unit while the clear, filtered, aerated water flows through the return hoses and back into your lake or pond.
Manual and Mechanical Removal