Which Water Treatment Should I Use?


Even the most well-balanced ponds can benefit from the addition of water treatments.  There are a wide range of treatments available to help with everything from adjusting alkalinity to controlling algae and parasites.  Due to this wide variety, choosing the correct water treatment can be confusing.  Here are the six most common categories of water treatments and the products we recommend:

Water Conditioning Products 

Chlorine and chloramines found in municipal water systems can harm your fish and can be fatal in large quantities. Chlorine, even in small amounts, irritates the gill tissue of fish making the uptake of oxygen from the water difficult. Always use water conditioner when adding tap water to your pond.

Crystal Clear Vanish Dechlorinator 

Pond Care Stress Coat 


Start-Up Bacteria

New ponds or ponds in early spring come to life before the pond filter is established with beneficial bacteria that helps deal with fish waste and other organic debris.  These products jump-start your pond filter to keep ammonia and other toxins at a minimum. Regular use keeps your pond filter operating at maximum effectiveness.     

Microbe-Lift PL Gel 

Pond Care Bio-Filter Booster 


Clean-Up Bacteria

Regular use of these products keeps your pond bottom clean and helps keep your pond water crystal clear.  Special enzymes and bacteria digest organic debris from fish waste, dead plant matter and uneaten fish food.

Crystal Clear Biological Clarifier Plus 

Microbe-Lift PL 

Pond Care Ecofix   



Clears cloudy or murky pond water by clumping suspended particles together and sinking them to the bottom of the pond where they can be removed by the pond filter or digested by clean-up bacteria.

Crystal Clear RapiClear 

Pond Care Accu-Clear 


Algae Control

The pond owner's number one problem is Algae!  Many manufacturers claim that their products eliminate this problem.  We have found several that actually work!

Crystal Clear Algae-Off 

Pond Care AlgaeFix 

Crystal Clear Clarity Max Plus 


Barley Products
When barley breaks down, it produces an enzyme that has been found to keep certain types of "organics" from forming.  In addition, it is very effective in eliminating new algae growth.

Microbe-Lift Barley Extract 

Crystal Clear Nature's Choice Barley Pellets 

Pond Care Barley Clear  


When applying water treatments to your pond, you should be sure to follow the manufacture's instructions verbatim. When using water treatments be sure you have plenty of aeration in your pond. If you don't have a waterfall you will need to install a aerator that pushes air bubbles from the bottom of the pond to the water's surface. Aerating is needed because some water treatments will remove the oxygen from the ponds water causing your aquatic life to suffocate. Aerating aids in circulating your ponds water as well.  We highly recommend the Airmax Aeration Kits as they are the only true "plug and play" aeration systems for all pond sizes. 

Once you have applied the correct amount of the correct water treatment you will have a clean, clear, and healthy pond. What mother nature can't do on her own, water treatments can do for her.