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Pond Maintenance & Life Cycle
 
 
Natural Pond Life Cycle
 
Unfortunately, for all ponds at the moment of birth, they start a dying process. This is nothing to be alarmed about. It is just part of a natural cycle of nature trying to reclaim the pond: transforming it into a swamp, then a marsh, and finally a prairie.


In the beginning, our fine-feathered friends bring algae, weeds, and eggs to our ponds. The wind contributes leaves, branches, grasses, and other material. All of this accumulates in what we call "the bowl" or "septic tank" of the pond, usually the deepest area. In the shallows up to about three feet, live the aerobic bacteria. This bacterium ecomposes foreign matter quickly. In the bowl area live the anaerobic bacteria, which cannot decompose the incoming matter quickly enough. This bacterial war rages on and the fallout is methane, sulfur dioxides, phosphates, and other toxic gases, diffusing throughout the water column in the pond, reducing oxygenated water for fish and other aquatic species. This MUCK is nutriently rich and creates a vicious, deteriorating cycle. In essence, instead of the aerobic bacteria feeding the animal kingdom and continuing a natural, healthy food chain, the anaerob disrupts this natural process and feeds the plant kingdom, increasing algae and weed growth, thus suffocating the pond. Natural springs and aerators help, but eventually even they lose ground to this natural process.

We at OSR Systems use a hydraulic method of pumping the sludge (MUCK) from the bowl areas. It is an extremely clean and cost-effective way of removing the sludge and toxic gases without the use of heavy equipment. It also does not interfere with the existing wild and aquatic life which presently inhabits the pond.

Once the bowl areas are cleaned to their original bottom, the toxic gases are removed with the muck, greatly enhancing the water clarity and quality, giving your pond a fresh new start as it was in the very beginning. Due to high volume of sediments removed per day, we will require a discharge area on site to discharge the sediments to, such as a wooded area or fields that flow away from the pond. It will not mound up, but will flow and seek its own gravitational level. It is an excellent fertilizer and will not harm grasslands or wooded areas. The pump used can reach 200 feet into a pond or be placed on a barge to target areas further out. We can discharge back up to 2,000 feet, further with the use of booster pumps. For those who do not have an adequate discharge area, there is an
alternative way to contain the muck. We are having remarkable success in cleaning ponds in this manner and are confident we can be of valuable service to you also, or help you with any questions that you may have.

 

 

Pond Maintenance & Life Cycle


 

Pond Maintenance & Life Cycle
 
 
Natural Pond Life Cycle
 
Unfortunately, for all ponds at the moment of birth, they start a dying process. This is nothing to be alarmed about. It is just part of a natural cycle of nature trying to reclaim the pond: transforming it into a swamp, then a marsh, and finally a prairie.


In the beginning, our fine-feathered friends bring algae, weeds, and eggs to our ponds. The wind contributes leaves, branches, grasses, and other material. All of this accumulates in what we call "the bowl" or "septic tank" of the pond, usually the deepest area. In the shallows up to about three feet, live the aerobic bacteria. This bacterium ecomposes foreign matter quickly. In the bowl area live the anaerobic bacteria, which cannot decompose the incoming matter quickly enough. This bacterial war rages on and the fallout is methane, sulfur dioxides, phosphates, and other toxic gases, diffusing throughout the water column in the pond, reducing oxygenated water for fish and other aquatic species. This MUCK is nutriently rich and creates a vicious, deteriorating cycle. In essence, instead of the aerobic bacteria feeding the animal kingdom and continuing a natural, healthy food chain, the anaerob disrupts this natural process and feeds the plant kingdom, increasing algae and weed growth, thus suffocating the pond. Natural springs and aerators help, but eventually even they lose ground to this natural process.

We at OSR Systems use a hydraulic method of pumping the sludge (MUCK) from the bowl areas. It is an extremely clean and cost-effective way of removing the sludge and toxic gases without the use of heavy equipment. It also does not interfere with the existing wild and aquatic life which presently inhabits the pond.

Once the bowl areas are cleaned to their original bottom, the toxic gases are removed with the muck, greatly enhancing the water clarity and quality, giving your pond a fresh new start as it was in the very beginning. Due to high volume of sediments removed per day, we will require a discharge area on site to discharge the sediments to, such as a wooded area or fields that flow away from the pond. It will not mound up, but will flow and seek its own gravitational level. It is an excellent fertilizer and will not harm grasslands or wooded areas. The pump used can reach 200 feet into a pond or be placed on a barge to target areas further out. We can discharge back up to 2,000 feet, further with the use of booster pumps. For those who do not have an adequate discharge area, there is an
alternative way to contain the muck. We are having remarkable success in cleaning ponds in this manner and are confident we can be of valuable service to you also, or help you with any questions that you may have.

 

 

Pond Maintenance & Life Cycle