Do I need to add cold water bacteria to my pond?

Whose pond needs cold water bacteria?

Cold water bacteria are used to keep the levels of toxic ammonia in check during the winter months. But why do you need them? Don’t you already have bacteria in your pond that do this?  When winter settles into your pond, the chilly water will slow down the life functions of everything in it, including your vital toxin-fighting little army. If toxins are allowed to accumulate, they can lead to illness or even death in your fish come spring. That’s where cold water bacteria come in. These guys are adapted to living in winter waters, so they can take over the tasks of your warm-water bacteria without missing a beat.

What Kinds of Ponds Will Benefit?

Backyard Ponds That:

  • Did not get a thorough cleaning in the Fall
  • Have accumulated bottom sludge
  • Have accumulated plant residue
  • Have a high fish population
  • Are experiencing high ammonia levels

Earthen Ponds That:

  • Are used to raise or hold high density populations of fish

What Kinds of Ponds Don’t Need It:

Any Ponds That:

  • Were thoroughly cleaned in the fall
  • Have no plant residue
  • Have no more than half an inch of bottom sludge
  • Have low density fish populations
  • Are earthen farm, storm water, or community ponds
  • Have no ammonia accumulations

How do I know if ammonia is accumulating?

Check it easily with our Microbe-Lift Ammonia Test Kit

If my pond needs cold water bacteria, what should I use?

Add a monthly dose of Microbe-Lift Autumn – Winter Prep throughout the coldest months of the year

Questions, comments, results? Comment and let me know!