Water in the garden is wonderful and healing for the soul. According to Fengshui teachings, it can also work miracles in the right place, but that is food for another post.
My own pond was a blessing and a curse. Still water under the trees. I had completely emptied it and removed all the dead leaves. Of course the pond filled itself with rainwater. Great anyway.
However, the pH value of rainwater is ideal for giving duckweed and algae in particular free rein. Duckweed is very nutritious for chickens. But completely aside. Then I got a tip.
Bokashi can be made simple and effective at almost any location. It hardly requires any investment. Central collection from larger regions as well as spreading the material over larger regions is no longer necessary to cover the investments. A major advantage of this is that much less transport movements are required for both supply and removal of organic material. This also serves our environment.J. Feersma Hoekstra
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A clear pond in 1,2,3 …
But the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Here you can see the miracle before and after of my own pond in 4 days time.
I’m Claude Deknudt from Bio Solutions eternally grateful. No nonsense, lots of explanation and …. it functions.
Innovative farmers who want to get rid of their slurry without having to pay for it, build big ponds and dump the slurry into the water and this makes the duckweed grow tremendously, which they then use as food for their livestock.
In other words, duckweed grows with too much nutrition in the water and that excess nutrition has to be removed. Effective Microorganisms are really a very good means for this. It is a mix of 82 different micro-organisms that can live together and also reinforce each other.
So they are better together than separately.
1. Our Effective Microorganisms do 3 things:
– they digest the organic material present in the pond and thus eat the food for the duckweed.
– they expel germs and parasites
– and they are very healthy for the fish and the plants grow better
Gradually the duckweed will disappear due to a lack of nutrition.
You work with a biological process and this takes time to give it its full effect. So you can fight duckweed with Effective Microorganisms, but you should not have a UV filter, because this kills all life.
If you have a bad microclimate in your pond, a UV lamp will not improve the microclimate. A UV lamp kills both good and bad bacteria. By killing bacteria en masse you do not change a millimeter in the ratio good / bad, so it is better not to use.
If we have to disinfect our air all the time, then something is seriously wrong and it is better to tackle the cause.
This massive killing of all life also creates extra rotting organic waste in your pond. Then who is going to handle all this rotting waste if you kill all the micro life?
The tipping point
We would like to point out that as long as you don’t hit a tipping point where the good bacteria outnumber the bad, the 80% undecided bacteria join in with the bad, it won’t work. That way you do not achieve a tipping point. You really need that turning point where the good bacteria outnumber the bad, only then will you get a healthy pond climate.
To represent it mathematically vb. in your (swimming) pond you have eg. 11% bad microorganisms and 9% good ones. Since the undecided 80% participate in the winner, you have 91% bad and 9% good.
If you add a little more than 2% good microorganisms to that, you get a tipping point and you have more than 90% good and less than 10% bad and you get a good result.
Because the undecided bacteria will change camp. As long as you don’t reach the tipping point and the 80% undecided don’t participate in the good ones, you won’t get a good result and you won’t be satisfied.
This is a very simplistic representation, but the principle works that way. The absolute minimum to achieve your tipping point is different for each pond.
1 liter of Effective Microorganisms is calculated per 1,000 liters and normally you have a surplus.
You need 30 liters of Effective Microorganisms for your pond.
Bokashi pond balls
If your pond is several years old, there is a good chance that there is already a layer of rotting organic waste on the bottom. This waste is a source of nutrition for your duckweed. You will then have to tackle your soil a bit more intensively.
Effective Microorganisms are all over your pond, but they will not eliminate thick layers, as Bokashi pond balls do. If you go through the layer of organic waste with a stick and air bubbles rise to the top, your pond produces the toxic methane gas.
This is bad for the fish and the plants, but good for the duckweed. When you have that, you definitely need Bokashi pond balls. Bokashi pond balls work very thoroughly, but also very locally. A single pond ball takes up approximately 1 m². You should only take this if this layer is a few centimeters thick.
When you have given Bokashi pond balls, you will be good for many years.
The basis for a healthy pond is a predominance of beneficial microorganisms. The basis for the predominance of beneficial microorganisms is the presence of all 60 necessary minerals.
1. A favorable pH, KH and GH and for all 60 required minerals. All 60 have an important function. Likewise, a person does not feel well if he is missing one mineral.
ClayBinder will replenish the mineral-free rainwater with minerals. You have to keep adding minerals to your pond because plants absorb these minerals to grow. Your fish and beneficial micro-organisms also need 60 minerals in the right proportion to stay healthy.
2. It is a flocculant that deposits tiny floating algae and suspended dust particles, some of which are nourishment for the algae, to the bottom. ClayBinder is colloidal ie so light that it does not sink and it is also magnetically charged and clicks other suspended dust particles together until it becomes too heavy and sinks.
3. It also contains a lot of CaCO3. In the pond this is converted into the vital CO2 for the plants and Calcium. If you have too little CO2 in your pond, your plants will start to show shortages and can die from it. Algae, on the other hand, appear when there is a shortage of CO2. Apply ClayBinder and the CO2 in the water will rise and algae will disappear and your plants will be healthy again due to the CO2 and minerals.
Your plants produce oxygen, but need CO2 for this.
ClayBinder (100 grams per 1,000 liters of water), you can administer weekly the first month and then monthly.
Effective Microorganisms are very effective. In Tokyo they cleaned the bay of Tokyo with it. This was heavily polluted with industrial waste.