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Discussion in 'Water Features' started by Indiana, Jun 28, 2001.
DBM - what books would you recommend?
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.
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!
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!)