Zeolite - a quick way to improve the water in the pond
Caring for ponds is far from the easiest of gardening hassles. In addition to maintaining cleanliness, timely garbage collection, plant care and sanitary measures, you also have to take care of the quality of the water. If it is unsatisfactory, not only the inhabitants of the pond suffer, but the entire fragile ecosystem. However, having found unsatisfactory results of pool maintenance, one should not immediately run after expensive equipment. There is a much more reliable and affordable method of purifying water in a garden pond - a unique mineral zeolite.
The use of zeolite for water purification in the city water supply system has long been a common practice in a number of Western countries. But today this unique mineral, which is also called the stone of life, is used for individual purposes and projects. Using zeolite, they also clean and improve drinking water directly, and use this stone as an "ambulance" for a wide variety of water bodies. Zeolite is even used for aquariums, large ponds and artificial lakes in which fish are bred. This material is not just a natural filter that allows you to take care of good filtration of water from organic contaminants, but also an excellent way to combat toxins and harmful compounds. It can also be used for garden ponds.
What is zeolite?
Zeolites are a group of natural minerals, which, due to their uneven surface and porous crystalline structure, are the best natural sorbents for which competitors could not even be created artificially. They cope with nitrates, an overabundance of nutrients, allow you to keep the water not only clean, but also perfectly transparent. At the same time, the zeolite acts on the principle of absorption as an ion exchanger, which regulates the content of nutrients, absorbs toxic compounds and nitrates from water, and simultaneously affects organic and mineral substances. It will help to cope even with dangerous ammonium salts contained in dangerous concentrations. Also using zeolite you can:
- stabilize the pH;
- to bind all heavy metals and phenols;
- prevent the active growth and uncontrolled spread of algae.
Benefits of Using Zeolite for Water Purification in a Pond
This natural “rescuer” does not disturb the natural balance, does not act like an alien filter, but gently and gradually restores the natural biological balance of the pond ecosystem. The use of zeolite allows you to create a fully ecological filtration system. In addition, zeolite will also play the role of a substrate for beneficial bacteria. In the process, beneficial microorganisms will settle in large pores of the material, which, thanks to the decomposition of harmful compounds, will also help to cope with the problem.
Zeolite can quickly solve the problem with poor water condition in small ponds and decorative garden objects of not too large area. For large ponds, zeolite will not replace the filtration system, as it will not become a quick “help” for pools and baths (but in the long term it is also effective in such facilities). But for standard and decorative ponds, he can quite perform the same tasks as expensive filters. So if you had no plans to install expensive filtering devices on the site, but you needed them because of the unsatisfactory results of checking the quality of the water in the pond, then you can quickly and simply improve the quality of the water with zeolite.
Where to get zeolite?
Zeolite cannot be called inaccessible material. It is sold today along with other special preparations for cleaning water bodies, both as a building material, and as a cleaning agent for aquariums, and even in pet stores as an absorbent for cat's toilets.
Zeolite today is represented in stones of various fractions (from very fine crumbs to pebbles), as well as in decorative stones, which perform the filtering function and complement the attractiveness of stones in the design of any water body.
How to use zeolite for water purification in a garden pond?
Using zeolite for a garden pond is very simple. The purchased porous pieces of zeolite must be poured into a mesh or mesh bag, which will allow the materials not to crumble and at the same time will not impede the circulation of water, and immerse in your pond. You can also use zeolite instead of quartz sand in your filter or distribute it on the bottom surface.
In order to efficiently and quickly purify water using zeolite, for every cubic meter of water in the pond, it is necessary to immerse 1 kg of material. Naturally, the placement of a large amount of zeolite will require not only significant costs, but also not always advisable from an aesthetic and functional point of view. That is why zeolite is often used on ponds of not too large area (with the exception of industrial applications).
Throw away after applying zeolite do not rush. This material is perfectly subject to regeneration and restores its properties, after processing it can be reused. The average cycle of water purification efficiency for this mineral is from 2 to 6 months. They restore zeolite by soaking it in a strong solution of sodium chloride during the day or by exposing it to steam and water.