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With the wet spring this year and a few times in the past, We've had a few panicked calls about new ponds with low pH(5.0-5.5) and low Alkalinity(near 0). Its important to let a new pond sit for at least a few weeks after you get torrential downpours to allow your pH and alkalinity to adjust before jumping the gun and calling the lime truck. Rainwater is around 5.3 pH and 0 Alkalinity. I've had up to 30 acre lakes have 5.3 pH a week after filling up to 60-70% full. Then a month or so later its 7.5, 50 alkalinity and had a decent bloom. I would recommend waiting at least a month on a new lake after any big rain before testing the water, it'll help keep your wallet full and your sanity intact.

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That is one reason that is good to have the soil tested (in addition to a water test). Water will reflect the soil over time. For example, if the soil test indicated the need to add 2 tons of lime per acre and your water test (after a rain) indicated add 4 tons per acre, then you are safe adding 2 tons as per the soil test.
















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Holy pH Batman!!

I took a water sample after a 2" gully washer that flowed a bunch of runoff into my very stable pond. It has always been ~ 6.5-6.7pH.

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pH was below 5.0. Alkalinity came out as 0 - It was pink before any reactant was applied - aka 0ppm.

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Scared the shit outa me as I just stocked 2 days prior. I thought maybe that Crescent Pond seep thru the spoil bank that flowed into this pond really wrecked it. Just about panicked - went and got 500# of aglime (All they on-hand at the time, Thank God) and put in the steam flowing into the pond - called in an order for 2T more...of AgLime and came here to PondBoss saw the post above between the order and delivery - read the above. CNX the order.

Retested a couple weeks later....
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Thanks emactxag!!

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