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How to Get Rid of Pond Muck?

Published by Tom Markoe on February 20, 2019 0 Comments

Pond Muck Removal

Pond muck is considered to be the accumulation of all kinds of wasteful substances such as fish waste, decaying plants as well as other organic materials which end up accumulating at the very bottom of the pond. Over time, this sludge can build up into inches or even feet and become thicker and denser, thereby becoming a home for all kinds of leeches and worms as well as a smelly dirty place to swim.

Muck also includes the accumulation of materials such as leaves and branches of trees, clippings of the grass, dead and decaying aquatic weeds, fertilizers as well as animal waste. Different water bodies like ponds, lake frontages accumulate these mucks naturally as they begin to age. Unless the water comprises an inlet and an outlet, this muck generally has no place to escape and hence not enough natural oxygen to take. The absence of oxygen then makes this muck to decay and the process begins to speed up with time.

Anaerobic bacteria that lives down the pond does its best to break the pond muck by the way of producing hydrogen sulfide that also leaves smell like rotten egg. The same thing also contributes as to the production of methane, ammonia and carbon dioxide, which feeds the algae and weed, and remains toxic to the fish.

The good news is that you can now easily clean the pond muck. This problem can easily be resolved and you can get rid of pond muck by the way of different procedures and methods. These procedures can also clean the pond and can make the water clearer than before. The process of aeration is considered to be one popular process which helps with the cleaning of the pond. 

  1. Aeration:

Adding more so in ponds than lakes helps to decrease the pond muck and eventually remove the same. The inflow of oxygen by the way of aeration not only helps to keep your fish also helps the beneficial bacteria in the pond. The aerobic beneficial bacteria are alive and they require oxygen as well. The process of aeration wards off . This stagnates the columns of water and forms layers. The upper portion of the body of the is exposed to the air has oxygen while the deeper areas do not get enough oxygen. Implementation of a good aeration system makes sure that oxygen is distributed evenly to all the areas and this influx of oxygen helps all the beneficial bacteria spread and feed on the accumulated organic debris and eventually clean the same. This method can take a longer time to clean up the area.

  1. Manual Removal:

Manual removal is not the easiest job, however, this process is still used by a number of people to remove excess pond muck from their ponds. A bucket and a wheelbarrow are used for the manual removal of the pond muck for this particular purpose. All kinds of debris and substances present in the pond muck are extracted by the use of a rake that helps to rake out the dirt before the process of treatment actually takes its shape. This particular process also allows the aerobic beneficial bacteria to target the fine debris which is very difficult to remove and eventually the surface of the pond is cleaned well. 

  1. AquaClear Pellets

AquaClear Pellets are designed with microbes that consume the dead vegetation and turn it into gas and water-soluble compounds.  They are safe for fish and wildlife and work relatively fast and efficiently.

We recommend ideally removing the large debris first, followed by raking and applying AquaClear Pellets weekly until the “muck” and dead vegetation are cleared followed by the aeration and periodic with AquaClear Pellets as needed.


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