Having a dyed pond is a great idea for pond owners. It can keep your gorgeous fish safe, prevent algae and make your backyard more aesthetically appealing. Whether you're using pond dye to control filamentous algae or simply want to enjoy a blue color, there are several things to consider before picking up some pond dye.
Benefits Of Pond Dye
When you dye your pond, you'll enjoy quite a few benefits aside from having gorgeous pond water. Your pond will no longer look like an unkempt, muddy pond once your start using pond dye. Filamentous algae will not be able to grow because pond dye helps block the sunlight that reaches your pond water preventing photosynthesis from happening. It also helps kill and prevent mat-forming algae, single-cell planktonic algae, microscopic algae. You'll notice that the growth of algae drastically slows down!
Pond dye can help keep your aquatic plants and fish safe. When the water is not clear, it makes it hard for predatory animals to see fish in the water. Some animals will avoid your backyard pond simply because the water is a different color!
What To Consider When Choosing A Pond Dye
When choosing a pond dye, it's important to make sure that it's compatible with your preferences and your pond.
Some pond dyes contain harsh chemicals that can harm fish and plants. Carefully read the label before purchasing a product to make sure that it will not harm aquatic plants or fish. It should clearly state on the label that it is safe for fish.
Next, it's important to look at the color of the pond dye. Blue-green pond dye is a popular choice because it looks natural, but the color you choose depends on your personal preference. Black pond dye is a popular choice to instantly dye muddy water. This color looks exceptional next to contemporary decor. You can also find purple, orange, and white pond dye!
When deciding on a pond color, consider whether you have decorative pond features in the water, such as submerged plants. If you choose a dark color, you will not be able to see your precious fish or submerged plants. Decorative rocks will disappear. On the other hand, choosing a lighter color will not protect fish from predators or be as effective at killing pond weeds.
Last, it's important to consider what you want to use the dye for. Pond owners that plan to use this product to kill or prevent algae are encouraged to use blue pond dye. Blue pond dye tends to block the spectrum of light that certain types of algae need in order to grow.
Be careful to avoid making the water too dark if you have fish. If too many weeds die at one time, it can create a high concentration of toxic chemicals in the water that will kill your fish.
How To Use Pond Dye
When using pond dye, it's critical for every pond owner to know the size of their pond. You need to know the average depth and how many acres their pond is. It's also helpful to be able to estimate how much an acre of water is.
Then, follow the directions on the package of pond dye. If you have liquid pond dye, you should be able to pour it along the edge of the pond. Some pond dye comes in dissolvable tablets that you can throw into the water for an even distribution of color.
As you distribute pond dye, avoid throwing it directly on floating-leaved plants. It will stain them the color of the pond dye. This is particularly true for water lilies due to their light and white colored petals. Instead, disperse the dye around the plants or remove them from the water first.
If you are going to come in contact with pond dye, make sure that you wear gloves and old clothing. It will stain the skin on your hands and clothes.
How much pond dye do I need?
To determine how much colorant you need, you need to figure out how much water is in your pond. First, you need to know an approximate depth. Then, figure out how many acres your pond is. Multiply the two of these together, and you will know the area of your pond. Most pond products tell you how much water color to use per acre.
It's common for liquid pond dye to cover 4-6 acres per bottle. Tablets of pond dye tend to cover 1/2-1 acre of water that is 4-6 feet deep. When using liquid pond dye, a good estimate is to use one gallon per acre that is 4-6 feet deep.
It's common to use less than directed to see the color of the pond water, and then decide if you would like to add more. Do not exceed the recommended amount by the manufacturer.
Pond dye will slowly dye the water and settle into the pond for 24-48 hours after you put it into the water. It's important to wait two full days before deciding if you're happy with the color.
When using colorant to kill algae or weeds, you can use more of the pond dye to make the bottom of your pond darker. Remember, if you can see the bottom of your pond, there is more sunlight getting to the bottom of your pond.
Is pond dye safe for fish?
Yes, most of these products are safe for fish. Make sure that you carefully read the label to guarantee that the product is non-toxic before using it.
While pond dyes will not kill fish, there are a few things to keep in mind. Fish need sunlight in order to see. If your fish cannot see, they will have a difficult time finding food or plants to eat. It can create a very stressful environment for your fish.
Fish also need sunlight in order to keep their circadian rhythm balanced. If fish cannot see, they will not know when it is daylight and when it is nighttime.
Because of this, it's not a great idea to dye your pond a dark black if you have fish. Instead, opt for a lighter color that still allows sunlight to reach your fish. Not using as much black dye when dying the water can create gray water. Turquoise, blue and purple are also exceptional options if you're trying to decide what color to dye your pond.
How long does pond dye last?
Pond dye does tend to fade over time. It should last between 4-8 weeks, but there are several factors to take into consideration.
If you live in an area that has frequent rainfall, your color will fade faster. The more water that is put into your pond that is not colored, the faster your color will become diluted. You'll also want to remember this if you need to add water to your pond due to evaporation.
Filters can be very effective at cleaning your pond water. They can also make the life of your pond dye a bit shorter. They tend to filter out some of the colors as the water passes through them. You can expect to need to touch up your color a few weeks early if you have an excellent filtration system.
Last, it depends on the concentration of dye used. If you use less dye than recommended, your color will not last as long. Just like you'll notice that it lasts longer if you use a heavier concentration. However, we do not recommend using a heavier concentration than stated in the instructions. Although many people do this, we encourage you to follow the directions on the package.
Dying your pond water is an exceptional way to prevent Spring algae blooms before they start and prevent fish predation. The color of a dyed pond will make it more eye-catching. Follow these tips when using these products. Check out our top-of-the-line pond dye products today to find the perfect one to meet your needs!