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How An Ecosystem Pond Works

The Ecosystem Pond Approach

Your pond is all about teaming up with nature, making it a breeze to keep your water feature stunning with hardly any effort. It's like a harmony of elements that cuts down on maintenance while giving your fish and plants the ultimate support. And guess what? Your backyard turns into this amazing, all-natural paradise that's practically maintenance-free. To really ace this pond game, let's get into the nitty-gritty of each player in this ecosystem.


Water Circulation

Water movement and circulation are major players in the ecosystem pond approach. It's the way your pond breathes. With the right water flow, you're balancing the oxygen levels, keeping the water quality top-notch, and making your pond a breeze to manage.


Fish

Next up, fish – they're the real characters here. They fight off algae and their waste makes excellent fertiliser for aquatic plants.


Aquatic Plants

Now, let's talk about the powerhouses of your water garden – the aquatic plants. These are the foundation, the glue that holds everything together. They're like the ultimate balancers, keeping your whole pond in line. They are nature's purifiers, soaking up anything that could disrupt your the ecosystem. Nitrogen, ammonia, nitrates – they've got it covered.


So, how does the magic happen? The nitrogen cycle or nitrification process that turns ammonia into nitrite, the plant's favourite treat. It's like a feast for the aquatic plants.


The Nitrogen Cycle

The large amount of surface area on the biological filter media, as well as the rocks and gravel, allows for the colonization of beneficial bacteria that are responsible for the nitrification process. Organic debris, left over fish food and fish waste will form ammonia as a by-product. Without the nitrogen cycle, ammonia levels would constantly increase, leading to issues with water quality and fish health. Regular addition of beneficial bacteria such as Aquascape Beneficial Bacteria for Ponds helps to support this process.


Bacteria

So, when you put it all together, the water, fish, and plants are all in sync. It's effortless, it's natural, and it's right in your backyard. So kick back, relax, and let nature do its thing.

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