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FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

How do I measure the surface acres of my pond?

Measuring the surface acreage of your pond is going to differ depending on the shape.  Use the following formulas to help you. Rectangular or Square Pond – Length x Width / 43,560 Example: for a pond that is 100 feet long by 50 feet wide – 100 x 50 = 5000 sq. ft. 5000/43,560=.115 surface…

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When is the best time to manage cattails?

Cattails are best treated in the late summer and early fall with glyphosate, a systemic herbicide.  Glyphosate, when applied correctly, will travel from the leaves to the root system of the plant decreasing the amount of regrowth the following year.  AQUA DOC offers cattail treatment as well as cut and removal services.  If you prefer…

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The fountain seems to frequently get clogged with algae and/or aquatic weeds? Why?

When a fountain is clogged, the spray may appear weak, uneven, or go up and down. Unfortunately, occasional clogging of a fountain is unavoidable. Even when managed well, a body of water will likely have some amount of algae growth and/or vegetation which can get sucked up against the screen causing the fountain to clog.…

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What are invasive aquatic plants? What impact can they have on a body of water?

Invasive aquatic plants are generally defined as nonnative plant species that cause ecological and/or economic harm to natural or managed ecosystem. Invasive plants can greatly reduce the desired native plant growth. They can form dense canopies on the surface of the water which will result in a dramatic change in the quality of habitat for…

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Can I use the water after applying an algaecide or aquatic herbicide?

Any restrictions such as swimming, fishing and irrigation, that my be associated with an algaecide or aquatic herbicide, can be found on the product label.  All products should be used only as directed.  The algaecides and aquatic herbicides featured on our website have a link to the product label and safety data sheet embedded in…

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What size floating fountain do I need for my pond?

A good rule of thumb for floating fountain size is 1-2 horsepower per surface acre.  For example, if you have a half acre pond, the minimum fountain size would be a 1/2 horsepower, but 1 horsepower is recommended. AQUA DOC Floating Fountains

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How many gallons of water are in my pond?

It is important to know the volume of water in your pond or waterfeature for many reasons including properly sizing pumps and calculating application rates. Here is the formula for calculating the volume, in gallons, of your pond or watergarden: Length X Width X Average Depth in Feet X 7.5 = Gallons For example, your…

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