What is the difference between JBL StabiloPond Basis and JBL StabiloPond KH?
JBL StabiloPond Basis raises both the total hardness and the carbonate hardness. JBL StabiloPond KH raises the total hardness to the carbonate hardness at a ratio of 1:2.
How and when do I use JBL StabiloPond Basis?
How JBL StabiloPond Basis is used:
Regular applications every 2 months (central European conditions with 500 – 1000 mm rainfall per year).
For first application or with carbonate hardness 0 a dosage of 200g / 1.000 l pond water is used. For follow-up treatments 100g / 1000 l pond water is sufficient.
The powder is sprinkled onto the pond. Do not dissolve it in water beforehand, this will cause it to foam, which reduces the stabilizing effect for the pond water.
I have used StabiloPond Basis and the water hardness has not increased.
StabiloPond Basis and KH always raise the hardness, no exceptions. If the hardness doesn’t increase measurably there are only 3 possible reasons:
- The pond has no filtering or circulation. Then a layering of the water occurs. The hardened water is located nearer to the bottom of the pond. Recent customer feedback: (1 )
– The products were under-dosed: Recent customer feedback: (1 )
- An increase in hardness occurred, but the values dropped afterwards quickly.
Recent customer feedback: (3 )– (? I no longer remember exactly, because it was on the phone).
The latter is mainly possible with high sludge quantities or with an algae plague. It is a fact that microbes and algae exist on a back flame when there is no sufficient stabilized water. Just like other organisms in the pond they suffer from a lack of essential minerals, like calcium, magnesium and especially hydrogencarbonates. Metaphorically speaking, they pounce upon the dissolving salts in StabiloPond Basis and KH and immediately start to assimilate them. These effects can occur in ponds with strong organic loads (sludge) and excessive algae blooms. In the latter case an algae treatment is absolutely necessary.
How much JBL StabiloPond Basis do I need to reach the required carbonate hardness of 4 °dKH?
The required dosage depends on several factors:
1) The present carbonate hardness
For a carbonate hardness of 0-2 °dKH you need 200g / 1000 l pond water.
For a carbonate hardness of 2-4 °dKH you need 100g / 1000 l pond water.
2) Processes in the garden pond which affect the carbonate hardness
Algal bloom (floating or filamentous algae) and an insufficient stabilization of the water balance may make a higher or additional dosage necessary, because the algae will start biogenic decalcification very soon after the addition of JBL StabiloPond Basis.
Furthermore strong sediment production will cause microorganisms to decompose the components of JBL StabiloPond Basis at the bottom of the pond. In this case a higher or additional dosage can likewise be necessary.
Can the pond care products JBL StabiloPond Basis, JBL StabiloPond KH, JBL OxyPond, JBL FilterStart Pond, JBL AlgoPond Direct*, JBL PhosEx Pond Filter, JBL SediEx Pond, JBL AlgoPond Sorb, JBL AgoPond Forte*, JBL, AlgoPond Green*, JBL PhosEx Pond Direct, JBL BactoPond be used without problems with an operating UV-C water clarifier or should the UV-C unit switched off?
In simple terms we can say that with the application of the liquid products JBL AlgoPond Sorb, JBL AgoPond Forte*, JBL, AlgoPond Green*, JBL PhosEx Pond Direct, JBL BactoPond the UV-C water clarifier should be temporarily switched off so that the active substances will not be destroyed. Please look up the time periods in the respective operation instructions.
With JBL StabiloPond basis, JBL StabiloPond KH, JBL OxyPond, JBL FilterStart Pond, JBL AlgoPond Direct*, JBL PhosEx Pond filter, JBL SediEx Pond the UV-C water clarifier may remain in operation.
* Labelling according to EU Directive 98/8/EC: Use biocides safely. Always read the label and product information before use!