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Pond Odors Part 4

Pond Odors Part 4

Posted October 19th, 2018

Eliminating the Rotten Egg Reek – Organic Matter In parts one and two, we learned the major causes of the awful odor and bacteria’s role in it. Today, we will discuss how events outside of the water affect the bottom of your lake. To recap, the rotten egg smell emanating from your pond is the… Read More

Control Harmful Algae Blooms and Cyanobacteria

Control Harmful Algae Blooms and Cyanobacteria

Posted October 15th, 2018

Control Harmful Algae Blooms and Cyanobacteria By Patrick Goodwin, Certified Lake Manager and Aquatic Research Scientist Nutrient over-enrichment of waters by urban, agricultural, and industrial development has promoted the growth of cyanobacteria as harmful algal blooms (HABs). These blooms increase the turbidity of aquatic ecosystems, smothering aquatic plants and thereby suppressing important invertebrate and fish habitats.… Read More

Enhancing the Shoreline with Aquascaping

Enhancing the Shoreline with Aquascaping

Posted October 5th, 2018

Shoreline Aquascaping Benefits Everyone A beautiful, natural shoreline enhances the lake, provides valuable habitat for wildlife and creates a barrier that acts as a beneficial filtration system for the water. Shoreline aquascaping helps to: Control erosion – Plant roots stabilize the shoreline and offshore vegetation buffers against wave action. Reduce non-native plant invasions – Native… Read More

Controlling Fall Midge Flies

Controlling Fall Midge Flies

Posted September 26th, 2018

Fall Midge Fly Swarms are Here! What are they? Midge flies are annoying flying insects most often found by bright lights near lakes and retention ponds.  Midge flies, also called blind mosquitoes, are ubiquitous throughout Florida. They belong to a very large and diverse family of aquatic insects with their immature stages occurring in the water.… Read More

Canals are Better With Bubbles

Canals are Better With Bubbles

Posted August 30th, 2018

Bubble Curtains Keep Out Floating Algae, Weeds and Dead Fish Wind and water currents drive floating algae, weeds, dead fish and debris into canals and marinas where they become trapped and decompose, releasing nutrients and foul odors. Once attractive marinas and canals become unbearable, recreational activities decline and real estate values drop. Bubble Curtains are… Read More

6 Leading Causes of Florida Fish Kills

6 Leading Causes of Florida Fish Kills

Posted August 7th, 2018

Why are the fish in our lake dying? Fish kills happen in Florida. They are alarming and can be a major turn off to prospective new home owners, board members and residents.  Read on to learn why fish kills happen. #1 – Summer Heat Reduces Oxygen In Florida, low dissolved oxygen levels are by far… Read More

Lake Algae

Lake Algae

Posted August 3rd, 2018

Lake Algae - What to Expect in the Coming Months The Community Association Institute West Florida Chapter recently published the following article in their Community magazine that Aquatic Systems President, John Gardner penned  for HOA and Community Board members about lake algae. A Necessary Component of a Healthy Lake Algae can make the water green and slimy… Read More

Rust and Mineral Stains

Rust and Mineral Stains

Posted July 20th, 2018

Rust and Mineral Stains: Causes and Solutions What causes the reddish-brown staining on the sides of your home, community buildings, sidewalks, driveways, and pavement? Where are the spots on your vehicle originating? Iron Staining - Sidewalks and Structures Those reddish-brown stains on surfaces and structures are iron stains. Iron stains are caused when irrigation water… Read More

Pond Odors Part 3

Pond Odors Part 3

Posted July 19th, 2018

The Mystery of Pungent Plankton and Malodorous Mats Pond owners sometimes complain about a specific type of odor coming from their pond. Earthy, musty, swampy or even fishy are common descriptions of these odors. Most often these types of odors are a result of algae in your pond. Now let's be very clear, algae are… Read More

Pond Odors Part 2

Pond Odors Part 2

Posted July 16th, 2018

Eliminating the Rotten Egg Reek - Add Oxygen By Dr. Josette La Hée, Senior Environmental Research Consultant In Part 1, we learned about the causes of the odor. Low Oxygen + Plenty of Anaerobic Bacteria + Lots of Organic Matter = Hydrogen Sulfide (aka rotten egg odor). Now we can dig deeper into each component beginning with… Read More

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