Why does this happen and how do I prevent it?
Ammonia is a naturally occurring chemical in your pond created by the breakdown of waste/sludge i.e. fish food and excrement and plants. Ammonia should be naturally broken down by bacteria in your pond through a process called the Nitrogen Cycle.
High Ammonia is caused by:
- Inadequate or immature biological filtration
- Over stocking of fish
- Over feeding of fish
- High temperatures
- Control all of these factors to prevent high ammonia.
If you are keeping a pond with fish, we would recommend using a filter to help create a healthy environment for your fish and wildlife. Mechanical filtration will remove physical waste matter, whilst the Biological Filter will break down the chemicals released by waste through the Nitrogen cycle. Filters have the media needed to harbour and mature a strong biological filter to reduce water quality problems.
What treatment should I use?
Use with any of the above