Aquaplancton - Pond Clearing Treatment
Aquaplancton is an effective pond cleaning treatment, helping to bring your pond back to life naturally, by purifying the water and strongly stimulating the activity of beneficial bacteria and micro-organisms
Polluted pond water is effectively cleansed and pond odour disappears encouraging flora and fauna to reappear and thrive. Aquaplancton is ideal for removal of blanket weed, green water, algae, smelly sludge, slime, silt and will also stop pond filters getting clogged.
Acquaplancton is not harmful to fish and safe for use around pets. Easy to apply, simply sprinkle across the surface of the pond - approx. 450g per square metre of pond surface.
Benefits of Acquaplanction:-
Pond Odour Disappears - Stench is caused by rotting algae and putrid organic matter. Aquaplancton causes the odour to disappear by stimulating the beneficial aerobic bacteria which then consume the rotting matter. Spreading Aquaplancton stabilises the water acidity to pH values favourable to aquatic life.
Fish Thrive on the Increased Oxygen - Fish can survive for a certain length of time in polluted water, but when it is left in a murky state, light is prevented from penetrating to the plant life on the bottom. These essential plants then stop producing oxygen and die. The decaying plants then give off carbon dioxide. If polluted water is left untreated fish will eventually die. By stimulating the oxygen producing aerobic bacteria, Aquaplancton can increase oxygen levels by up to 20%.
Murky Waters Become Clear / Flora & Fauna Reappear - Aquaplancton brings clearly visible results. Water is spectacularly transformed from turbid to transparent. Sun gets through, photosynthesis accelerates, producing oxygen vital for aquatic life. The bottom becomes visible, recovers its original permeability, oxygenating plants reappear, and the invertebrate fauna base of the food chain is revived.
Safe For Pets - Aquaplancton is a specially processed, highly porous mineral of planktonic origin. It comes in powder form and is spread over the surface of the water at any time of year. It is not a harmful substance and is used successfully with fish all the time. It won’t harm ducks, plants or any form of water life and it is perfectly safe for pets to drink from treated water.
How Does It Work? - Aquaplanctonbrings about mineralisation. When the micro-organisms, which normally digest organic matter become inactive, mud accumulates, causing algae and blanketweed to thrive on the over nutrition. Aquaplancton reactivates these beneficial bacteria which then multiply and consume the mud. This starves algae and blanketweed of nutrition, causing them to die out naturally. Good bacteria, working well, can consume up to 15cm (6”) of mud in 6 months.
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Aquaplancton is a fine white powdered mineral which is sprinkled over the surface of the water as evenly as possible. Dosage is not crucial. Aquaplancton is not a harmful substance, so you can’t overdose. Depth of water or gallon capacity is not as important as surface area. Aquaplancton is active on the bottom of the pond, so try to achieve a thin layer over the surface of the bottom. Ponds with gently sloping sides or shelves may also be treated in this way.
Aquaplancton won’t harm plants, but if you want to avoid getting it onto the leaves, you might like to try a tip we picked up from Geoff Hamilton, the late, great T.V. Gardeners’ World presenter who used Aquaplancton on his pond at Barnsdale. He mixed the Aquaplancton in a watering can with some of the pond water and inserted the spout, without the rose, between or beneath the leaves. This gets the Aquaplancton into the pond with the minimum amount of mess. Ponds can be treated at any time of year, Aquaplancton even works well in winter. As tap water contains trace elements which foster the growth of algae, it is better not to clean your pond out before treating, unless it is particularly polluted. Aquaplancton needs a certain amount of organic matter to work on and when you clean out manually you also destroy many of the beneficial bacteria. However, if you have already cleaned your pond, you can still use Aquaplancton, as it wil help to replace those beneficial bacteria.
It is safe to use Aquaplancton in conjunction with fish remedies, other pond products and UV filters. However, as Aquaplancton is entirely natural, the fewer unnatural methods used the better. Pumps can be left on to mix the Aquaplancton well in, but if it is possible to switch them off for a little while, without affecting the oxygen levels for the fish, this will give the Aquaplancton time to settle to the bottom and start its valuable work. Remember that some fish can be sensitive to any change in their environment so ultimately the pond owner has to be responsible for the well being of their own fish. A milky or pale green appearance in the water is perfectly normal and disappears when the Aquaplancton settles.
Aquaplancton has 3 main actions: It neutralises acidity, raising the pH level, it clarifies the water and it reduces mud, thereby causing blanketweed and other algae to die out naturally. It starts to work against acidity as soon as you apply it. Any acidity in the water will be neutralised immediately. If the water is already alkaline with a high pH level, you can still use Aquaplancton, however in these cases the pH level usually stays about the same.
Clarity. This is entirely dependent upon the level of pollution. Under normal circumstances, using the recommended dose, the water will become crystal clear within a few weeks. More heavily polluted ponds could take longer to clear and might need more Aquaplancton to clear them. Aquaplancton is not a harmful substance so, if necessary, the recommended dose can be repeated every month until clarity is achieved. Once the water is clear, you need only apply Aquaplancton if the water becomes murky, or to maintain clarity. It is recommended that a smaller dose (half the initial dose) is applied 3 times a year, in spring, summer and autumn. This should be sufficient to combat future pollution and maintain the correct balance.
Mud. Aquaplancton will stimulate the beneficial aerobic bacteria in your pond. These beneficial bacteria will multiply and then consume any mud or sludge caused by rotting leaves, fish excrement etc. Once you have the bacteria working in your favour, nature is very efficient, the bacteria can consume up to 16cm (6 inches) of mud in depth in 6 months. It is this reduction of mud and nutrition from the water that causes algae and blanketweed to die out naturally.
Aquaplancton is not a manufactured chemical, it is a natural mined mineral of planktonic origin, which is active in the water for up to a year. When you use Aquaplancton you are working with nature so you have to be prepared for things to happen at nature’s pace. This of course varies greatly from pond to pond. The secret of success with Aquaplancton is to apply sufficient doses initially to achieve clarity. It is difficult to generalise because no two ponds are the same. Some ponds become crystal clear after only one dose, whilst others may need more than one dose. As Aquaplancton is not harmful, you can repeat the dose as often as necessary.