Monday, December 04, 2006


52 Tips for Selecting a Pond kit, Pond Construction and Maintenance(34)

39. Why add bacteria? Doesn’t it occur naturally?

Yes, there are a multitude of types of bacteria found naturally in ponds. To maximize our chance of maintaining a healthy pond, though, we add specialized bacteria rather than taking ‘pot luck’. It is much like making sour dough bread. If you mix flour and water together and expose it to the air, you will get some leavening. However, the best sourdoughs are made with cultures that are prized and hoarded.

Bacteria and algae, like most plants, are temperature dependent. This is why we tell you not to add bacteria when the water temperature gets down into the mid 50’s. You are wasting your money.

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Thank you!

Jim Wilder

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