...to "Quarter Acre Cesspool". My pond looked very promising the first year that it filled after being de-mucked. It's now in it's 4th summer. Ever since then the water has consistently gotten worse in appearance. This year, the clarity has been no better than 12" and the worst of it is that the surface cycles in and out of various levels of scummy, filmy, bubbly, surface conditions. I've given up trying to make a difference and have resorted to just waiting...
I'm not posting to to get solutions here...I just want to rant a bit as this pond dream is testing my patience. My mind wants to solve the problem and on the flip side...I cannot devote the time and money into filtering this cesspool with an industrial sewer treatment system.
QA, do you aerate? Do you think that might speed your pond finding it's new normal after the massive change in conditions?
This is the 3rd summer with aeration. 3 diffusers getting just over 1 CFM per head. All raised off the bottom 3 feet in 10, 7 and 6 foot of water....running about 12 hours a night. If it is improving the situation...I'd hate to see what it would do without it! Although, I have thought about turning the air off just to find out. Then again, there are so many variables, would I really know if it was the true cause and affect?
When the pond get's to the photo'd stage, the aerators will have pushed the floaties out about 20 foot radius from plumes. Then the air shuts off and within a minute the stuff has converged back as it noting was going on.
It can be real interesting in the evening because you can see the water currents in the pond especially without a breeze. There will be multiple shades/colors of current flows (some several feet wide) that tend to swirl towards the center. I suspect it is the way the air gently moves down the ravine and pulls the surface water and causes the pond to slowly churn. If you look closely at the first pic, you can see in the top right corner - a darker streak that follows the far bank and tapers off just before the decoys that mark one of my diffusers. Photo does not do it justice...it's much more intense in person (both interesting and disgusting).
QAC.......welcome to my world! half acre pond, all clay, never clear, bullheads moved in during our floods and now with the HOT weather here in Michigan, HOT being in the 90's near 100 since July 1st, might get down to the 80's on Friday. Have lost 18 inches of water in the pond and this is what it has been like for 6 years! I do have bass, never seen them but do see the waves as they attack the BG. Added CC about 4 years ago, were not suppose to spawn...BUT did and the chocolate milk pond continues. Yes, this is a rant, but it looked like to good place for it. We all love our ponds, it is just they do not love us back.....and that hurts! Enjoy the rest of the season...winter is coming
half-acre pond, LMB, HBG, BG, GSH and CC ....goal is to have fun fishing. And I subscribe!
Thanks Funky for allowing a little "misery loves company". As far as I know I have no catfish or carp. I did catch a carp early on that must have slipped in with the FHM's, but surely I would be seeing them at feeding time it there were more. My pond holds water very well...I haven't seen any rain run-off for over a week and the pond is down about an inch or 2. It's stretches like this without rain that the surface turns into a petri dish. The cesspool gets very little wind action too. I did take water tests yesterday evening and found the Phosphates and Ammonia to be higher than usual...Phos @ 0.50 ppm and Ammonia between 0.25 and 0.50 ppm. The Nitrites, pH, TDS, and temps were all in good order. The DO was in the lower ranges, as usual, as well as the clarity...
Temps - ranged 88 to 81, Top to bottom,, pH - ranged 8.0 to 7.5, 6" down to 30" down, Nitrites - 0 ppm, TDS - 78 ppm Secchi - 10" DO - 7.9 to 3.5 ppm, 6" down to 30" down.
I don't know enough to make any conclusions with the data other than I have a new land lease tenant and he may have fertilized more this year than the last one did. There has been no cattle on the place this year, however...he has been merely haying some of the fields.
They're calling for rain over the next 24 hours...that usually breaks the cycle or knocks it down.