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Old 10-29-2001, 07:21 PM
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DBM - what books would you recommend?
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Old 11-01-2001, 12:15 PM
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Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner as I've had a bad week (getting laid off due to work shortage), hence my last post was a little nasty, although I regret the tone I took. Anyhow, all my books are packed away somewhere due to me moving, so I doubt I'll find them anytime soon. I will however stop off at the local book store in the next couple of days and will suggest some books for you then.

Till then,

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Old 12-03-2001, 10:36 PM
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With all due respect to Doug, I am pretty sure that beneficial bacteria is necessary to proper water quality in any pond. A pond will naturally form bacteria in the spring, but many ponders will buy bacteria stock to get their pond "jump started" after winter.

The bacteria doesn't "eat" the algae - the bacteria just breaks down pond waste into something less harmful. It is much better to use a good biological filter to do this than to try killing the algae with chemicals, etc.

The point about plant life is well taken, though. A good assortment of plants does help.

I'm no "expert" per se, but I know what has worked in my pond, and the bacteria is definitely one of the keys to keeping my water clear!
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Old 12-03-2001, 10:40 PM
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Forget to mention that the bacteria changes the nitrites into nitrates, which can be used as food by your plant life. (Got that from a good pond book!)
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