Well here is another syndrome to add to the list. “New pond syndrome”, and all of us pond keepers go through it at some point. New pond syndrome can be very stressful for some new pond owners. We have our beautiful new pond and then wham, the pond goes completely green and out of balance.
What’s different about this syndrome is that the pond is the issue and the cure. The pond that is causing stress, will be the same pond that relieves stress. There is no little yellow pill necessary.
Customers want their ponds to stay in that “day 1” condition when the pond is more of a water feature than a pond, with it’s gin clear water, debris free interior, and not a speck of algae to be seen. By “day 40” it has typically turned into a real pond after aquatic plants and fish have been introduced. “Day 40” will usually be clear water, but not gin clear anymore, some algae growth on the rocks would be normal, and there may be a leaf or two that did not make it into your skimming system.
During that 40ish day adventure into pond keeping, new pond owners need to be prepared for the appearance of green water conditions. Green water is what typically makes new pond owners very anxious and they may start reaching for chemicals and treatments to pour into their pond when really patience is the remedy. During that 40ish day adventure into pond keeping, new pond owners need to be prepared for the appearance of green water conditions.
Note: There is one thing you can do to help your pond through this process. Materra recommends adding Beneficial Bacteria to the pond (following the instructions on the bottle) for the first 60 days.
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