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What is a Pond Flocculent?

11 Nov 2015
A pond flocculent is not an invasion of water fowl to your pond.  A flocculent is a product used to bind floating particles to each other to help clear murky, muddy, or unclear water.  The word flocculate means to form or cause to form into small clumps or masses.  There are several products on the market that can safely be added to pond water to help settle out floating particles.  However, it is important to try to figure out what is causing your murky water.  You may not even need a flocculent; do you have rowdy fish or the lack of sufficient rock around your shoreline?
Pond dyes are used to help tint the water, but on occasion the use of pond dye has also helped clear up muddy or murky water.  The pond dye will attach to the floating particles making them heavier than the water, which results in the particles and some of the dye to sink to the bottom.  Other products like alum (a white powder) can be used to help sink floating particles like clay.  We do not currently have alum based products.  I want to reiterate that we encourage pond owners to investigate why their pond is so murky... In some cases a flocculent is only a band aid.  Get to the root of the problem, correct what is causing the murky water, then use a flocculent to clear the water quicker than waiting for the natural settling process.

For more information on pond management contact Sanco.