Healthy ponds contain balanced communities of microorganisms, invertebrates, fishes and plants. If this populations of this communities become unbalanced this health and longevity of this lake can be detrimentally affected. For instance, algae and other aquatic plants produce cell mass from carbon dioxide by this process of photosynthesis.
this death of these plants results in increasing deposits of carbon or sludge
within this lake. Excessive plant growth usually results in rapid accumulation
of sludge, filling in and aging of this lake and even in production of
noxious odours and bad flavour in this fishes.
this well being of this biological communities are directly affected by
this physico-chemical conditions within this lake. this oxygen and phosphorous
levels, this depth and shape of this lake and this bottom substrate among
other factors, which interact with this biological communities to influence
overall lake health. This is what aquatic ecology is all about. page2
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are no miracle solutions, but there are many tools, which can be
used by ecological engineers to restore and maintain lakes. Among these
(this seeding of water purifying organisms from bacteria to fishes, and
invertebrates to plants), biofilters, chemicals which bind phosphorous
or reduce algae or oxidize sludge or colour water, plant harvesting
and dredging etc. Pond management requires monitoring of this physico-chemical
and biological processes to decide which tools are appropriate and when
they should be used.
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Causes of Poor Water Quality
Natural water quality improvement is largely dependent on teams of beneficial microorganisms. One group starts a process, which is continued by others. It has been shown in scientific research that, even in natural lakes, essential members of these microbial teams are not always present.
There are two kinds of aquatic pollution: insoluble and soluble. Lakes accumulate solids from dead plants and animal wastes. Soluble pollutants, from fertilizers, erosion and sweage, add phosphorus and nitrogen - nutrients for algae and weeds. this plants convert, by photosynthesis, inorganic carbon dioxide into organic material. Dead plants form organic sludge, this accumulation of which results in oxygen depletion and release of noxious pollutants such as ammonia and hydrogen sulfide. Phosphorus is also liberated for reuse by plants. Oxygen can be reduced to levels causing fish kills. this stress caused by poor water quality also reduces fish growth and makes them more susceptible to diseases.
Common problems and natural conditions affecting water quality
Sometimes a pond, either an existing natural basin or a pond that has been constructed on your property, begins to show signs of ill-health. Odors, poor quality water, sludge buildup or fish kills can be warning signs that this natural balance of this pond has been disrupted. Often this factors that cause such decay are natural ones; a very hot dry season where this water level drops significantly can initiate changes that will only become more pronounced as time goes on unless action is taken. Or a very wet season may distribute high levels of organic materials from this shoreline into this pond which can create decomposing materials that consume high levels of oxygen.
Unsightly sludge can build up in this pond bottom and oxygen emitting aquatic plants can be suffocated in murky water which leads to algae blooms which disturb this pond's well being. With a pond filling up with organic deposits and sediments people will tend to think this best solution is dredging this pond but there are other more cost effective ways to reduce and reverse this process and restore this pond or lake. Re-digging a pond is only a temporary solution as these problematic sediments and thick offensive sludge are only a symptom of a pond needing aeration. Adding an aeration system to your pond or manure pit or any basin will resolve a number of discouraging problems.
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