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Pond Odors From Algae

Pond Odors From Algae

Posted May 19th, 2019

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

Controlling Spring Midge Flies

Controlling Spring Midge Flies

Posted April 10th, 2019

Midge Fly Season is Back Again! 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

Control Harmful Algae Blooms and Cyanobacteria

Control Harmful Algae Blooms and Cyanobacteria

Posted April 10th, 2019

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 April 5th, 2019

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

Rust and Mineral Stains

Rust and Mineral Stains

Posted February 15th, 2019

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

Lake Algae

Lake Algae

Posted February 3rd, 2019

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

Pond Odors Part 4

Pond Odors Part 4

Posted February 2nd, 2019

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

6 Leading Causes of Florida Fish Kills

6 Leading Causes of Florida Fish Kills

Posted January 29th, 2019

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 – Extended Cold Weather Florida fish are just like us, acclimated to warm temperatures.… Read More

Pond Odors Part 2 – Aeration

Pond Odors Part 2 – Aeration

Posted January 16th, 2019

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

Pond Odors Part 1

Pond Odors Part 1

Posted January 9th, 2019

The Mystery of the Rotten Egg Reek By Dr. Josette La Hée, Senior Environmental Research Consultant Step outside to take a breath of fresh air...and gag! Your pond has decided to get your attention in the most effective way it can. A bad odor coming from your pond is always a sign of something being… Read More

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