Pond maintenance: aquatic plants for biological balance
The care of our water plants plays an important role in the spring maintenance of our garden pond. They look beautiful and are very valuable biologically. Aquatic plants provide the biological balance in our pond. Because they absorb all kinds of nutrients during their growth, they help keep the water in our garden pond clear. How do we ensure healthy aquatic plants, and which advice do we observe to enjoy our (healthy) aquatic plants for as long as possible?
Plant choice depending on water depth
Aquatic plants are a collection of all kinds of plants that prefer to thrive in water or in the immediate vicinity of it. Depending on the depth of our garden pond, certain types of plants are eligible to guarantee the biological balance in our pond. Already when constructing our pond, we must therefore take into account the water plants that we will use. During this spring maintenance we remove all sick and / or dead pond plants. It is now also the time to replace them with healthy ones. After all, we can purchase water plants for the entire pond season.
Filling the pond in several stages
If we opt for an attractive pond as the eye-catcher of our garden, now is the right time to construct our garden pond. That pond construction is of course also possible in the autumn. If we realize our garden pond in the autumn, it offers us the advantage that the pond water has the necessary time to relax. In this way we can prevent unsightly algae growth. That should not prevent us from building our garden pond during the spring as well. A new garden pond is preferably filled with tap water in several stages. To natural bacteria into our pond, we add several buckets of water from another pond or even from a ditch to this tap water. These natural bacteria help with it biological equilibrium in our garden pond.
We can do this to maintain the biological balance in our garden pond and to maintain it as much as possible natural or nutrient bacteria Add in liquid or dried form to our pond water. These very useful bacteria are available in specialized stores. They are preferred, because we deal with bacteria from another pond or a ditch diseases in our pond. We do have to take into account the fact that such bacteria are only fully active after six weeks. During this period we are allowed to release new water plants in our pond. We have to wait until the bacteria are active before releasing our fish stock. Both the food waste and the excrement of our fish hinder the building of the biological balance in our pond.
Water fleas as water purifiers
Water fleas are excellent cleaners of our pond water. They are available in specialized shops. Still, we have to pay attention when using these fleas as water cleaners. They are only suitable in ponds without … predatory fish …
Check the adjusted water quality yourself
Good water quality is of course the prerequisite for healthy plants and fish. Substances that significantly influence the quality of our pond water are calcium and magnesium. Both substances largely determine the hardness of our pond water. Phosphates and Nitrates in turn provide the necessary nutrients for our aquatic plants. For possible gas formation as methane we really have to be careful. After all, such pond gases that form mainly during the warm summer months are very poisonous. We can regularly check the quality of our pond water ourselves by testing various parameters such as the acidity (ph value), the carbonate hardness (kh) and the hardness (gh) of our pond water with the help of special sets.
Coral algae lime for lower acidity
To maintain the biological balance in our garden pond as much as possible, and to ensure maximum health of both fish and plants, we must regularly acidity of our pond water. Environmental pollution and precipitation make our pond water too acidic. To reduce the acidity, we can coral algae lime, dissolved in water, add to our pond water. First of all, keep an eye on the health of plants and fish. As long as there is nothing wrong in this area, we should not test our pond water, and therefore also not add extra products to the water. We should certainly not be too lavish with this food for our fish. One too nutrient-rich after all, water works the formation of disfiguring algae in hand.
Zeolite for optimal water quality
Around the water quality of our garden pond as well as possible, is increasingly used zeolite. Zeolite is a very porous rock with a strong water-cleaning effect. We also owe this to the fact that all kinds of useful bacteria attach to this rock.