What is pond muck?
Muck is the accumulation of carbon-based organic waste primarily from decaying plants, algae, fish waste, waterfowl waste, and leaves that fall in the pond. Pond muck is similar to sewage sludge in its chemical composition. The pond sludge is rich in nutrients, making it an ideal growing medium for algae and aquatic weeds. It is particularly rich in nitrogen and nitrogen compounds that are essential to algae growth.
Muck releases hydrogen sulfide gas which is toxic to aquatic insects and fish if concentrations rise above 0.3 mg/L in the pond water.
Side Effects of Muck:
- Foul sulfur-like odor
- Reduction of pond depth overtime
- Reduced water clarity
- Increase in algae blooms
- Poor, toxic water conditions for fish, wildlife, and humans
- ideal habitat for leeches
How do Muck Remover pellets work?
The strains of natural bacteria and enzymes in Muck Remover pellets are selected specifically for their need to digest
organic muck to survive. These bacteria aggressively digest fish waste, dead vegetation, leaves, and other decaying
organic matter. As the muck pellets dissolve the biological activity on the pond or lake bottom increases dramatically. Once the muck is digested, the potential for hydrogen sulfide (the source of the rotten egg smell) and other harmful gasses to accumulate in the pond are reduced.
Can muck pellets be used to spot treat shoreline or dock areas?
Yes. The pellets sink to the bottom where they dissolve and begin to consume muck in the areas in which they are applied. Simply broadcasting the Muck Remover around beach and dock areas rapidly reduces noxious odors and starts the restoration process. Don't be surprised if you see more fish around the dock as conditions improve.