Essential Products for Spring Pond Care
Springtime is a crucial period for pond care. If you wait too long to get your pond ready for the upcoming warmer weather, then you're setting yourself up for some headaches. You don't want to battle algae all summer -- you want to enjoy your pond!
The following spring essentials will get you set up for a great pond season. Take it from the professionals: you don't want to go without these products.
Spring and Fall Prep Cool Weather Bacteria
Did you know that BioClear and Clean (Cool Ponds' preferred beneficial bacteria) isn't effective in water temperatures below 50 degrees? In Indiana, we don't hit those kinds of temperatures until April. So in March, when your organic debris starts breaking down and turning into algae food, there's not much to stop it!
Spring and Fall Prep works at much lower temperatures. So as soon as the ice starts melting on your pond, you can use Spring and Fall Prep.
During a pond cleaning, nothing works quite as magically as AlgaeOff! Instead of furiously scrubbing the algae off your rocks or trying to pick it off with your hands, you just sprinkle AlgaeOff onto your rocks while the water is drained from your pond (and the rocks are still wet). Wait about 30-40 minutes, then you can hose the algae off your rocks. Get it? Ha!
But really, this stuff is great. We use it on absolutely all of our pond cleanings.
If you don't have an aeration system, we won't waste too much time explaining why you need one in this article. (You can read all the great reasons why you should have an aeration system on our blog here. Or read why an aerator is the best source of oxygen.).
We'll just cut to the chase: get one!
If you already have an aeration system, then it's possible yours might need a tune-up (you can read our aerator maintenance guide here). Airstones can get clogged with algae. Springtime is a great time to swap those out. If your aerator isn't pushing quite as much air (or any air) as it used to, then it might be time to change the aerator diaphragms.
|These curious koi are checking out the floating pond thermometer.|
This should go without saying, but you need to check your water temperature in the spring and fall especially. The water temperature will let you know when it's time to feed fish / stop feeding fish and use certain treatments. You need a thermometer!
|This handy chart will tell you what you can / should be using at what water temperature.|
Winter can be hard on fish, especially with the temperatures fluctuating so quickly like they do here in Indiana. Low Temp Fish Food has a higher wheat content, so it's great for helping your fish make up for lost nutrients in the springtime.
Make sure you're gauging when to feed with Low Temp food with a thermometer! You can't feed fish in temperatures below 55 degrees. And you should switch to our Premium Fish Food in warmer weather.
Don't forget that you can get all these supplies from both our online store and our brick-and-mortar store here in Indianapolis.