Pond Dye -Why Use It?
Why Use Pond Dye From Smith Creek Fish Farm?
(Besides the FREE SHIPPING)
Many garden centers and agricultural supply stores sell consumer grade pond dye products. This may be convenient, but NOT your best value. Most pond dye, either gallon or quart are rated at 1-2 million gallon treatments per bottle. Ultimately you must refer to the individual label for proper dosage. The pond and lake professionals at Smith Creek Fish Farm can assist with calculating your pond or lake volume if needed. One Acre (43, 560 Square Feet) one foot deep is equal to 325,851 U.S. gallons
Generally Pond Dye are sold in 3 color options.
- Standard blue pond dyes like Crystal Blue or our full concentrate Smith Creek Blue Pond Dye Acid blue #9 is the main ingredient to create the blue color. Acid Blue #9 is an organic compound classified as a triarylmethane dye, which refers to its chemical structure. Known under various commercial names, it is a colorant for foods and other substances.
- Blue-Green Pond Dye is a blend of blue and yellow dye making a turquoise blue or "ocean-like" color. The addition of yellow dye increases the green coloration and blocks a wider spectrum of UV rays than the standard blue pond dye color alone.
- Black Pond Dye: Blocks vision very well, looks nice as a reflection pond and is an efficient bird blocker. All pond dyes can help prevent fish from being eaten, injured or killed by predatory birds. The blue decoy and other wading or diving birds prey on spawning game fish, cruising trout and valuable Koi.
- Blue/Black pond dye Is often mixed at 60% blue and 40% black. Some of our customers prefer to buy them separately and mix the two pond dye colors as they like.
- How do Pond Dyes Work? Pond dyes work by coloring and tinting the water a shade of dark blue, black or blue-green Tinting your pond water not only covers the brown or greenish look, but it acts as a sunscreen for your pond or lake, keeping out excess sunlight. UV rays can damage your beneficial bacteria
- When using Beneficial Bacteria Products it is a good idea to use pond dye to block excessive sunlight that would harm the bacteria you are trying to propagate to consume your excess muck and organic nutrients.
- When do you Apply Pond Dye? How do you Apply Pond Dye? Aquatic pond dyes should be applied in early Spring. March and April applications are best. In southern states, pond dye is often applied year round Application of pond dye is as easy as pouring the dye into the water or throwing in a pond dye toss pack. Your pond dye will quickly spread throughout the pond, usually within a few hours. If you have a fountain or aerator you should run it during application. Pond dye and lake dye will naturally diffuse throughout the water and there is no need to use a sprayer to spread out the application evenly. Pouring the dye directly from the bottle at three or four spots around the shore is sufficient. Be careful! Use gloves and protective clothing (no business suits or fancy dresses) if possible. When applying the undiluted pond dye concentrate will stain clothing and skin, but once diluted in the pond or lake, it will not stain. Smith Creek now carries Water Soluble pond dye toss packs to make the application faster and cleaner!
The initial spring application will begin to fade, within a month or two, as runoff from rain dilute the dye concentration. Gradually color is lost due to photo-degradation and bio-degradation because the dye is an organic compound. As the dye fades, “touch up” applications may be needed. Maintaining the correct level of blue color throughout the season can give you a beautiful pond all season long.
- How do you know when to add more Pond Dye? The pond owner should regularly assess how much blue color is present in the water. This can be accomplished by measuring how deep into the pond a weighted white object on a string can be seen. These measurements should always be taken at the same location and at the same time of day. The first reading should be taken 48 hours after the initial application in spring. This will serve as the baseline personal preference color level for the recommended application rate.Every two weeks or so, re-measure the depth at which the white object disappears. Once the measured depth increases by roughly 25%, more dye should be added to bring the measured depth back to the baseline measurement. For example: If the baseline measurement in March was 24 inches, and has increased to 30 inches in May. Additional pond dye should be added to replenish the color.
Lastly, try to maintain your desired color through the spring, summer and fall.
- Is Pond Dye Safe for Dogs? Is Pond Dye Safe for Livestock? If the label allows, water from dyed ponds may be used for irrigation of crops and watering or livestock or pets. Fish from dyed ponds are 100% safe to eat, and recreational swimming is permitted. Swimming in dyed ponds, once diluted, will not result in stained clothes, skin, or hair.
Dyes do not inhibit the growth of aquatic plants and algae directly as do algaecides and herbicides. Aquatic plants and algae cause extensive problems for many pond and lake owners. Often, these owners are reluctant to use traditional aquatic herbicides or algaecides because of cost or general chemical concerns. Professional quality dyes, that are EPA registered, can be easily purchased online where legal or applied by certified aquatic applicators in your area. A major limitation in the use of aquatic dyes is the water exchange rate associated with the pond. Ponds with a substantial watershed receive considerable flow during rain events, and it becomes difficult to maintain the intended concentration. The extra expense of continually adding dye to compensate for dye lost, may still be acceptable compared to the cost of the alternative situation which may arise from heavy sunlight penetration. Pond dye should not be allowed to exit into natural water bodies.
- Aquatic dyes are most effective in ponds receiving very little inflow water, even during heavy rain. Consequently, dyes are very effective in excavated ponds receiving little surface runoff.
***Pond Dyes are not pesticides and should not be considered an alternative to EPA registered pesticides.
The key to effectively using pond dye is to make the initial application in early spring and add touch-up applications as the desired color fades.