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Beneficial Bacteria vs. UV Sterilizers

Updated: Apr 6, 2022

The Ponds are at their peak, overflowing with lush green foliage and multitudes of blossoms. Water and air temperatures have finally stabilized and everything is easier to maintain. However, there are still some things that can be done to help continue the proper upkeep of your pond.

Quite often I will have a pond owner come to me wanting a UV Sterilizer, because someone else told them it would keep their pond water clear. And actually, they do work. But why spend hundreds of dollars on a UV Sterilizer and then turn around and spend even more each year on replacement bulbs; when a simple once a month product can be just as effective? UV Sterilizers keep your pond clear by killing off the single cell algae that passes through it. But what most fail to realize is that this process also kills off ALL of your pond's micro-organisms that live naturally in your pond's ecosystem. Not only that, but the dead single cell algae and micro-organisms cause debris which ends up feeding the algae you were attempting to get rid of, so it becomes a vicious cycle.

So why use Beneficial Bacteria instead? Beneficial Bacteria grows and colonizes in your filters and pond and they starve out the single cell algae by using up the nutrients algae grows on. Starving out the algae prevents growth and therefore does not create debris. Some ponds may seem cursed with green water. But I have yet to meet a pond that could not be cleared with the addition of beneficial bacteria. Sometimes you may have to "overdose" your pond to get it under control, but then you can easily maintain crystal clear water year round with regular treatments. It is an all-natural product and will not hurt a single living thing. Also a little extra tip, cutting down on the amount and times you feed your fish will also help prevent excess nutrients from feeding your algae.

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