Pond tint has many advantages besides making your pond more attractive. While your pond starts out clear and clean, it will not stay that way, and pond tint can help you keep your pond from becoming an eyesore while protecting your valuable fish and plants.
Tinting your pond water
- Provides shade, which keeps the plants and fish from being stressed by too-warm water
- Controls algae and weeds by depriving them of sunlight
- Protects your fish from predators by lowering the visibility of the water
- Amplifies the aesthetics of your pond
There are two choices of color for pond tints
- Blue tints are best for deep ponds 3 feet and over. They are not recommended for shallow, ornamental ponds. The natural blue color contrasts well with the greens of nature.
- Black tints are used in shallow ponds to inhibit light penetration and create an illusion of depth. Black tint gives your pond a mirrored surface that reflects its surroundings.
Pond tint, once dispersed in the water, will not stain clothing and is safe for natural swimming ponds; however, it is best to use gloves and protective clothing while applying the concentrated tint. The diluted tint is safe for wildlife, plants, irrigation or watering livestock and birds.
Pond tint has many beneficial actions, but it will not solve all of your water quality issues. While it works to suppress plant growth in deeper ponds and algae blooms, they do not correct problems such as low dissolved oxygen or high nutrient load.
Pond tint should be reapplied as needed to account for evaporation and rainfall, usually every four to six weeks.