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11. Conditioning Your Pond
AquaLife Complete is a great product to condition tap water and render it healthy for both fish and plants. You can create healthy, crystal clear and fish-friendly pond water. It should be used with the first filling. This product binds metal ions and protects your pond animals against chlorine and other environmental pollutants.
AquaLife Complete
AquaLife Barley Extract
Aqualife Barley Extract supplies both beneficial compounds derived from barley straw and billions of natural pond bacteria to help keep pond water clear and clean all season long.

We produce our all-natural liquid formulation for Aqualife Barley Extract by a proprietary fermentation process using only barley straw.

Aqualife Barley Extract is the only product on the market that provides over 200 billion live beneficial pond bacteria in every gallon. It is a true 2-in-1 formula, unlike anything else, and its dual action keeps pond water clear better than any other product.
AquaLife Barley Extract
AquaLife Water Garden Cleaner ASF
• Contains 5 species of beneficial pond bacteria
• Reduces maintenance
• All-natural formula of beneficial pond and aquarium bacteria
• Eliminates fish wastes, excess fish food, toxic ammonia and nitrite, problem-causing nitrate and phosphate, and odors
• Use year-round in koi ponds
• Reduces the need for water changes by biologically cleaning the gravel and clearing water - week after week, month after month.

AquaLife Water Garden Cleaner_ASF, 32oz

AquaLife Water Garden Cleaner_ASF, 1 gallon

Water movement, fountains, waterfalls, filtration and water features can make the difference between ?the swamp in the backyard? and the ultimate gardening experience. All pond water should be circulated every 1-6 hours through biological filtration.


You should know the approximate capacity of your pond for the addition of fish, water conditioners and medications.

Rectangular Ponds
Multiply length by width by depth (in feet) to obtain volume in cubic feet.
Multiply this figure by 7.5 to give the pond capacity in gallons.
Example: Your pond is 12’ long by 10’ wide and is 2’ deep.

12’ long X 10” wide X 2’ deep = 240 cubic feet in pond,
then, 240 cubic feet X 7.5 = 1,800 gallons

Circular Ponds
Multiply depth in feet by the square of the radius in feet, then multiply
this figure by 3.14 to give cubic feet.
Then multiply this number by 7.5 to give the pond’s
approximate capacity in gallons.
Example: Your circular pond is 2’ deep and 10’ across.

2’ deep X (5’ X 5’) X 3.14 = 157 cubic feet,
then, 157 cubic feet X 7.5 = 1177.5 gallons

The Timed Volume Method
Timed Volume is the most accurate method of measuring pond volume and is especially helpful in determining the volume of irregularly shaped pools, as well as circular and rectangular pools. You'll need a manageable container of known volume, for instance, a 5 gallon bucket and a garden hose.

First, wth the hose turned on full flow, fill the bucket and record the time to fill it. You may want to repeat this a couple of times to make sure your timing is accurate. Second. fill the pond with the hose on full flow and record the amount of time required to fill it. Now you're ready to calculate the volume.

Make sure all the units of time are the same - minutes is most convenient. If the bucket takes 1/2 a minute to fill, the time is .5 minutes. If the pond takes 3 hours to fill, your time converted to minutes is 180. Divide the time to fill the pond by the time to fill the bucket, then multiply that number by the gallons in the container. This number is the number of gallons in the pond. In this example, the final pond volume is 1800 gallons.

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