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Is a marshy swampy pond a problem?

Asked by JLeslie (65511points) October 13th, 2021 from iPhone

Another pond question.

If it’s all green and swampy and near a house is there any danger? I know it can have poisonous bacteria, but does it release poisonous gases?

Can it be cleared up with treatment? Assuming environmental authorities are ok with doing so?

Is it expensive?

I think it’s about 70ft x 40ft. During dry parts of the year maybe smaller. I don’t know how deep. Not very deep.

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LuckyGuy's avatar

Is the water totally stagnant? How does it get filled? What is the water source? Is it full all year?
Fish can eat the algae, But, they need aeration.
A healthy pond will exchange 10% of its water daily. That is a lot. It is not bad if the pond is spring fed but it is impossibly expensive (and almost immoral) if you must use town water.

Treatment is very possible. There is a chemical for everything. Look at this site: The Pond Guy. They are the best! Once they know your location they keep track of the weather and know exactly what your pond needs at any given moment.
(I hate them because they are always right.) :-)

chyna's avatar

If left swampy and stagnant it could carry mosquitos, snakes and other bugs that could come into your home or keep you from enjoying your outdoor areas.

JLeslie's avatar

@chyna I am sure it must have all of those things.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Mosquitoes and Dengue (DENG-gey) fever is a BIG problem !

LuckyGuy's avatar

Check the water temperature. If the temperature is below about 75 F you might be able to put some fish in so they can start working on eating the bugs. If it is in a sunny , hot location you can put in some plants like lily pads to block the sunlight . Ideally you can have 60% plant coverage. That will reduce the sunlight and algae production. It will also give the fish a place to hide from predators.
This can be a fun project for you.

JLeslie's avatar

I can’t get near it, there are alligators in this part of the country. I saw a survey showing it as a wetlands area. I might call water management for that part of the state – SWFWMD (we say swiffmud) to ask some questions. Here’s the link

zenvelo's avatar

You don;t say if this is a naturally occurring wetland or one that was created in the last 75 years. If it is natural, then it should be left alone.

You try removing one “pest” and you end up killing whatever else is livng off the pond. Egrets, herons, cranes, flamingoes, all love a good marshy pond. So do frogs.

elbanditoroso's avatar

If you’re in Florida, aren’t there all sorts of laws that limit what you can do to natural bodies of water? (like: you can’t dry them, you have to to take environmentally positive steps to do much of anything to it)

janbb's avatar

I would leave it alone. There was a retention pond behind our condo in Florida. In the dry season it was dry; in the rainy season it filled up. As soon as it filled up, birds appeared. I enjoyed that. Never made me sick.

I agree with @zenvelo.

omtatsat's avatar

Could be full of alligators

zenvelo's avatar

@omtatsat You say that like it is a bad thing. Up until 1987, alligators were considered endangered. Floridians should not populate alligator habitat.

chyna's avatar

^But do we really need alligators?

janbb's avatar

@chyna I’m sure the alligators are asking: Do we really need Floridians?

LuckyGuy's avatar

Now I’ve got the song Amos Moses stuck in my head! Thanks!

chyna's avatar

Love it!

zenvelo's avatar

@LuckyGuy Have some Poke Salad for lunch!

JLeslie's avatar

I did mention environmental authorities in my original statement. SWFWMD controls my county. I realize we might not be allowed to do anything.

kritiper's avatar

Yes, it is a problem especially if you get your bulldozer or M1A1 Abrams tank stuck.

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