Is your pond earth-bottomed? I see where these pellets are designed for use in natural ponds and lakes to extend the period between dredgings.
I am quite familiar with the biological processes of a pond. Good bacteria are always present. I have never had a need to use any of these sludge digesting products because I never experience any meaningful sediment accumulation in my pond or any of the many ponds that I service. I would think that the long-term solution would be to eliminate this accumulation through increased water flow and filtration.
Thats awesome for you. My 5,000 gallon pond is located at the base of hundreds of acres of woods. I wish I had a superpower to blow every leaf that flew off the trees and redirect them to miss the pond and unfortunately I can't control my fish from deficating after consuming food. I dont have a foot of sludge but muck pellets would greatly aid in keeping the muck that does accumulate down. Its seems as though you are an experienced pond guy therefore I would only assume you have the knowledge to understand that no filter on the market can filter leaves from trees, every bit of uneaten food that sinks to the bottom and every bit of defication from the fish
What is the end product of these muck pellets? Nitrogen gas?
I'm always skeptical of "add this stuff and your problems will be solved" products.
I have a 6000g rubber lined pond and a 1.5m gallon clay bottom pond. The rubber lined pond is replenished by rainwater/snow melt and the big pond has a year round stream that runs through it.
I've always viewed algae as a problem solver for the ponds. It prevents dangerous buildup of elements that are harmful to aquatic life forms.
Algae is also an indicator of a pond's overall health.
Meyer, do you have a way of determining how much water circulation is reaching the bottom of your pond? The gph turnover is fine, but if it's not reaching the bottom layer, the detritus will not get stirred up and removed by the filters, so it won't be all that useful.
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