Calculate the volume of water inside the pond in gallons by measuring the length, width, depth and side slopes of the pond. An accurate measurement of pond volume can be difficult to asses. Various angles and slopes must be considered. Consult Table 1 of the "Lime Treatment" resource in the Resource section to attain the most accurate possible measurement.
Determine the alkalinity of the pond water by using pH or total alkalinity test strips. Test several locations of the pond and then average the readings to determine the average alkalinity of the entire pond.
Use the alkalinity level to determine how much hydrated lime is needed to treat the pond. Refer to Table 2 listed in the "Lime Treatment" resource found in the Resource section to determine how many 25-kg bags of lime must be used when treating the pond.
Fill the custom applicator with a wet slurry of lime and water to apply the lime directly on the surface of the pond. Use all of the lime allocated by the measurement conducted in Step 3.
Wait a minimum of three days before reintroducing fish or fauna into the pond.
Things You Will Need
- Alkalinity test strips
- Hydrated lime
- Custom lime applicator
- Hydrated lime increases the pH of water. Do not add hydrated lime to ponds with fish or floating plants because the change in pH level will cause stress to the organism and may result in death.