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#566346 04/19/24 11:34 AM
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Where do you find alum for treating ponds with? I live in northeast Oklahoma and have a pond that is in clay ground and has never cleared up. I put a teaspoon of alum in a gallon of water and it cleared over night!
Thanks! I will try and post some pics

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here is a picture of some of pond

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Pond is 90 yards long and 45 yards wide and deepest is 7-8 foot

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Here are two links to detailed discussions about treating ponds with suspended clay. There are several possible treatments. You might read a bit to determine which treatment is optimal for your pond, and which has the best cost/benefit analysis for what is available in your area.

Alum Kicks Clay's Butt

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Once you know the exact description of what you need, you can find a supplier in your area.

Good luck on getting your pond water cleaned up. The fact that your sample cleaned up nicely is a very encouraging result.

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It is also important to treat the pond with enough chemical to knock the clay out of suspension. Too little chemical can sometimes just be a waste of time and money.

Is your pond roughly rectangular?

Estimated volume:

90 x 3 x 45 x 3 x 4' (avg. depth) = 145,800 cu. feet of water.

145,800 cu. ft x 7.48 gallons/cu. ft = 1,091,000 gallons. [You can fiddle with the dimensions a little if you want to consider some different volume estimates.]

If you test a know volume of pond water in your jar, you can determine the minimum amount of chemical required per gallon and then add a "safety" margin just to make sure.

I am NOT a pond treatment expert. Just throwing out some more ideas for you. You might come back with some more info just before you are ready to make an expensive purchase and hopefully the actual experts can provide answers to your final questions.

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yes rectangular. Thanks for info

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Look for a Helena Chemical Supplier in your area. Watch the pH of the water, you might have to buffer it with hydrated lime.


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