Best Pond & Lake Dyes 2021 (Top Fish Safe Dyes – updated)
Pond dyes are a great way to add rich color to your pond water, whilst also providing long term algae control and helping to deter predators. In this guide we further explain the benefits of different water dyes, as well as review the best pond dye products currently on the market.
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What Exactly is Pond Dye?
Pond dyes, or water dyes, are solutions which color the water of your pond, helping reduce algae growth and deterring predators away from fish.
Pond dyes usually work through a solution containing the dyes, acid-blue 9, or sometimes a combination of acid-blue 9 and acid-yellow 23. These are common synthetic dyes widely used as food colorants, but are also used in aquatic science and soil science due to their non-toxic nature. In recent times, they have been become popular among lake and pond owners as a safe way to combat algae, deter predators, and add a rich color to the water. The best pond dye products use food-grade ingredients to ensure maximum safety and for the best color results.
Pond dyes can come in the form of powder or a liquid solution, with liquids being more common for ponds as smaller doses are required. Powders are easier to sell in bulk, and are more often used to dye larger bodies of water, such as public lakes. There are no differences in terms of color, and both work well to color water and provide algae and predator control.
The Main Benefits of Lake & Pond Dyes
1) Control Algae Growth
The main benefits of adding pond dye to your water is to help reduce algae growth, hide fish from predators (especially air-borne), and to make the water more aesthetically pleasing.
Pond dyes are designed to block a large amount of UV light from penetrating the surface of the pond water. Without UV light, growth of all types of algae is greatly reduced and their populations are much easier to handle. In large ponds or lakes where manual removal is very difficult to keep algae under control, supplementing with a pond dye which helps slow down growth is a very popular control method. With that said, pond dyes are also fine to use in smaller ponds for algae control, and would still be able to help block a large chunk of UV light which algae need to grow.
Pond dyes are a good method of control, but will not be able to remove large amounts of algae already present in the pond. To make the most of pond dyes you would need to first treat the majority of algae, and then add water dyes to help prevent it growing back as quickly. For a guide on how to effectively tackle algae in pond water, check our updated guide here.
2) Deter Predators from Fish
Another benefit of pond dyes is to deter predators from eating your pond fish. Dyes will help cloud the water, making is very difficult for flying predators, such as herons, to locate fish from above. The way the dyes are designed to absorb light means fish towards the bottom of the pond will be almost invisible to most birds flying overhead. As well as this, certain dyes will also create a more intense reflective water surface, making it much harder to see below the water line.
Ground based predators, such as cats, will also be more weary about a pond with dye pigment compared with a natural pond. They’ll notice the strange color, odor, and since the fish are more hidden, they will lose interest faster and be less inclined to stalk the pond.
3) Add Water Color
A final major benefit is that pond dyes make water look really spectacular! If your pond is looking a little dull, a pond dye is a great way to add some vibrancy to the waters. The dyes come in a range of different colors, and all provide a long lasting and rich color effect. It’s common for pond owners to purchase water dyes just for this reason alone; with the added algae control and predator reduction being a great bonus to the color results.
The length of time a pond dye will last will depend on the amount of dye used, the size of the pond, and the amount of water flow and sunlight exposure. In ponds with large amounts of water movement, dyes will begin to fade faster than ponds with little flow. Also, in summer where the sun is stronger, dyes will fade much faster due to the UV light degrading the dyes over time. Dyes can be topped up more frequently in warmer months to compensate for the loss of color. Generally most pond dyes will last 4-8 weeks, so a single dose can often see you through an entire season quite easily.
Is water dye safe for pond fish?
Yes, all high quality pond dyes should be safe for fish and plants. The active dye ingredient is usually food-grade (the same dye used in our food as colorant) and is non-toxic to fish, wildlife, and plants. Most dyes are also non-staining, so you won’t notice any stains appearing around the pond edges. You need to be careful not to overdose on dyes, however, as they would completely block almost all sunlight. This will interfere with the natural nitrogen cycle of the pond, which can lead to major problems later down the road. As long as you follow correct dosing instructions as per the manufacturers guidelines, your fish, plants, and pond will be perfectly fine using water dyes.
Different Colors of Pond Dye – Which Are Best?
1) Blue Pond Dye
The most common color of pond dye is blue, which comes in a range of different shades. Blue dyes will transform your pond water to a rich blue color, making it appear more vibrant. Blue dye looks particularly nice against green foliage, so works very well for garden ponds surrounded by trees or bushes. Blue pond dyes also create the most natural looking water, essentially just enhancing the natural blue tones which are easier to see in larger bodies of water.
Blue dye is also a good choice for algae control, being able to block a large chunk of UV light from entering the water. It’s less effective compared to black dyes, but should be more than sufficient for algae control in most ponds. It will also help deter predators and make fish harder to see deep in the pond water.
2) Turquoise/Aqua Pond Dye
A lighter shade of pond dye that will give water a more tropical feel are turquoise and aqua dyes. These dyes are much clearer compared to blue dyes, and will help brighten up the pond water, turning it into a garden oasis. Turquoise is less effective for algae control, so we would only recommend this dye for larger ponds or for owners who just require the visual appeal. For deeper ponds, most dyes will help with stopping predators from noticing your fish, but we find turquoise and aqua-blue works less effectively in shallow ponds for this purpose.
A very appealing choice if you’re looking to create a backyard oasis, but less so if you need maximum algae control.
3) Black Pond Dye
A less common color pond dye is black, or twilight, which is more often used in lakes than in ponds. Black dyes create a very strong reflective service on the water, allowing the surrounding foliage to be perfectly clear on the surface. This is popular in ponds or lakes surrounded by forest, as the trees will create some superb reflections on the surface of the water.
Small amounts of black dye will also work fine in ponds, and are especially good for algae control as they block more UV light compared with lighter dyes. They also help deter predators, as the dye creates a more reflective water surface and greatly masks the deeper areas of pond water. They look less natural compared with blue dyes, and you may need to under dose if you don’t want much darker water.
Which color of dye do we recommend?
Unless you want a pond dye to minimize algae and predators, you really can’t go wrong with any color! The choice in this instance would be down to personal preference, and which color would work best with the design and setting of your pond. For a more natural aesthetic, blue dyes are a good choice. For a tropical paradise, turquoise or aqua-blue will work great. For a magical pond reflection? A black or twilight dye will do the job.
In terms of algae control, the best dyes would be a blue or a black color. These are also the best for hiding fish from flying predators. The difference between blues and blacks are subtle, but black dyes also create a very reflective surface, so that needs to be taken into account.
If you want a more natural feel to your water, as well as some good algae and predator control, we’d probably recommend a regular blue dye. They’re also usually a bit cheaper than more exotic colors, and you will have more options available in terms of brands.
Maximizing the Results of Water Dye
There are a few things you can do to maximize the results of a pond dye; whether it be for algae control or just water color. Below are some steps to consider being adding dyes so you can get the best results:
- Pond dyes will not be able to remove large amounts of algae, just help control it from coming back after removal with a treatment. Algae will also absorb dye and make your pond look very unappealing after application. We recommend treating algae problems before adding a pond dye for the best color results. Once the dye has been added, the algae will have a much tougher time growing back to the same extent.
- If your water is already a brown or yellow color, you’re likely already suffering from a natural organic dye called tannin. This is the color that leaks from decaying matter in a pond, and it can slowly turn a pond brown/yellow over time. Tannin will mix with pond dyes to change the color, so we recommend treating a pond for tannins before adding dyes. Check here for our guide on this.
- Activated carbon products will reduce the color of dyes, so make sure to stop an activated carbon treatment before applying the color to water.
- Dye should be distributed evenly throughout the pond for the most even color tone. If you have good water flow, the color will naturally disperse by itself over the first 24 hours after application.
- ALWAYS follow the dosing instructions as per the manufacturers guidelines. You should dose accordingly per gallon of pond water, and it’s better to underdose than to overdose. You can always top up with more dye, but it’s more difficult to remove it if there is too much.
Best Pond & Lake Dye Reviews 2021 (updated list)
1) TotalPond Blue Pond Dye Review
One of our favorite blue pond dyes due to it’s vibrant color and high quality food-grade ingredients, making it 100% safe for all fish and wildlife. TotalPond’s Pond Blue water dye is designed for garden ponds, and one bottle can provide color to 4,000 US gallons of pond water. The blue dye is food grade acid-9, which is manufactured safe for wildlife and plants when correct dosing instructions are followed.
The blue color is lighter and more subtle than other blue dyes, creating a visible blue hue across the pond water. The color is in-between that of blue and aqua (turquoise), and creates a lovely middle-ground color. For a lighter blue, use less drops, and for a darker blue, dose slightly higher.
Even thought it’s a lighter shade of blue, the dye works well to absorb UV light to stop algae growth and helps hide pond fish from predators. If you have an algae bloom, remember to threat the algae before adding the dye as the algae will absorb color and reduce the effects. The dye works well to control algae and slow it’s growth after a bloom has been treated, however.
Overall, a versatile blue pond dye that provides a fish safe light blue color to the water and helps reduce algae growth and predators. A great choice for both small and large ponds.
How to use: 1 bottle threats 4,000 gallons. Distribute evenly across pond water and allow to disperse. Use only a few drops for an aqua color shade, or follow dosing for a richer blue.
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2) EasyPro Royal Blue Pond Dye Review
A more concentrated blue dye for larger ponds or for pond owners who want a deeper blue color. EasyPro’s blue pond dye is safe for fish, plants, and other wildlife and will not stain rocks and water features. The blue dye is non-toxic, but more concentrated compared to TotalPond’s Dye, so you may want to dose lower until you reach the desired color. It needs to be diluted as per the manufacturers instructions to ensure correct color is achieved and no staining occurs.
The color is comparable to Royal Blue, and will provide pond water a deeper blue shade. The color is great for reducing algae growth as it blocks more UV compared with lighter colors, and also helps hide fish within the pond from predators. It would be a good choice for ponds which have problems with predatory birds, such as herons.
Algae and tannin problems in your pond should be treated before adding pond dyes, or the color results will not be correct. Algae in particular can cause water to appear green after applying after dyes, so make sure this is treated prior.
Since this dye is concentrated, it needs to be diluted at 1 flu oz per 1,000 gallons. We actually recommend dosing lower if you have a smaller pond, as the blue can become very dark. It’s easier to add more than to remove dye from water if you dose too much! Overall, a good water dye choice which provides a deep blue color and good algae and predator control.
How to use: 1 flu oz per 1,000 gallons. Distribute evenly across pond water and allow to disperse. Use less for lighter blue, and follow dosing for dark blue.
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3) Microbe Lift Black Pond Dye Review
Our recommended choice of black water dye for garden ponds! Microbe Lift’s Bio-Black pond dye contains a concentrated food-grade dye which is 100% safe for fish, plants, and other wildlife. The dye is non-toxic and non-staining, so will not damage water features, rocks, or fountains in the pond.
The color of the dye is black, and it creates a strong reflective surface to the pond water. This effect is great if your pond is surrounded by foliage, as the reflections will become crystal clear across the surface. The black color is also the best for algae control, as black naturally absorbs the largest chunk of UV light. As well as this, the dark color combined with the reflective water surface means it’s the safest choice for hiding fish from predators. Fish are well hidden under the water and the reflective properties confuses air-borne predators overhead.
Another benefit of this particular dye is that is contains beneficial bacteria to help general pond balance. The natural enzymes will help break down substances that cause odors, as well as waste that may interfere with water color. It’s certainly not something that is required in a pond dye, but it’s a great bonus – the more beneficial bacteria in a pond, the better!
Since the dye is concentrated, a little bit will go a long way! Be careful when dosing, as it’s better to use less and add more when needed than to try to remove excess dye. Not much is needed for a reflective surface effect, so you can dose lower if this is all you require.
Overall, the best black pond dye currently available for fish ponds. Non-staining, non-toxic, and great water color with minimal dosing.
How to use: 16 oz Treats up to 8,000 gals. 2 flu oz per 1,000 gallons. Distribute evenly across pond water and allow to disperse. Use less for for subtle reflective shade, and follow dosing for darker black water.
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Benefits of Pond Dye
Last Updated on July 3, 2020 by Cooper Fulton
If you have a pond or work with ponds, you’ll know what pond dye is, you’ll also know all the benefits of pond dye.
If you are in the majority and haven’t worked with ponds this is what pond dye is. Pond dye is a substance that dyes the color of your pond, just like food coloring. The dye limits the amount of sunlight that can enter a pond and will ultimately decrease the amount of algae in a pond.
You can pick the color based upon your pond’s environment.
Pond dye is sort of a love/hate relationship, some love it and others don’t. Here’s everything you need to know, to find out if pond dye is the right choice for your pond.
Benefits of Pond Dye
When it comes to pond dye there are several benefits, other than the obvious of coloring your pond.
Pond dye will reduce the amount of algae growth, deter predators, color your water, and help create a natural balance in your pond ecosystem.
Adding in pond dye will turn your pond from that not so good looking brown or green to any color of your choosing.
Also, if you struggle with your fish being eaten by herons, adding in pond dye will make it more difficult for your fish to be gobbled up, especially expensive koi.
The dye will help to hide your fish because the coloring will make it hard to see your fish from above or on the water level.
Pond dye kills all algae, filamentous algae, mat-forming algae, and single-cell planktonic algae.
This dye also helps shallower ponds look deeper. The dye helps to make your pond look much more aesthetically pleasing.
Drawbacks of Pond Dye
Unfortunately, you must use gloves and your choice of protective gear when applying as you could permanently dye your clothes if you’re not careful.
If it rains often where you reside, you will have to reapply more frequently.
This is because when it rains, there is more water which dilutes the coloring.
If it does rain it will be even taking a hit to your expenses when you purchase more dye. You can also make your dye as I will mention down below.
Also, if you end up choosing black dye and you have a muddy pond it won’t be effective.
If you have a muddy pond consider using blue, this is because it will penetrate the mud particles and it will turn your pond a good looking blue.
Types of Pond Dye
There are quite a few types of pond dyes out on the market.
Let’s start with my favorite, the aqua blue dye, this helps your pond look like the color of the ocean, it adds a great look but still looks natural.
Next is the black ponddye, this blocks sunlight incredibly well, has a very dazzling reflection and will block out those pesky birds.
If you think both those options are cool, check out twilight blue, it’s a mix between both blue and black.
This dye has amazing synergy between both.
Those are my main two, well three but you can find pretty much any color, such as red, purple, orange, etc. online.
Is Pond Dye Safe for Fish?
Yes, it won’t harm any aquatic life you may have in your pond. This is a huge bonus when using pond dye.
When I first started building ponds, I was a little skeptical about using pond dye, as I didn’t know if it would work, kill my fish.
After tons of research, I finally decided to purchase some pond dye and I never looked back.
Will Pond Dye Color Rocks, Fish, Or Plants?
If you are using the right amount of pond dye, you do not have to worry about the dye coloring anything else in your pond.
Pond dye will not stain any of your rocks or plants unless you are using way too much.
Although it does not color your fish, it will appear as though your fish will be the color of the pond dye you have used.
How Does Pond Dye Work?
Pond dye will darken the water, not allowing so much sunlight to shine through.
The sunlight is what algae love, especially during the summer months.
So, when you dye your pond, it will inhibit the growth of algae, not the other plants.
Pond dye will keep you pond looking attractive all year long.
When adding in the pond it will mix with the other water and create the same color across your whole pond.
Note, pond dyes are not pesticides and should never be used as a substitute.
Does Pond Dye Kill Algae?
Does pond dye kill algae? Indeed it does, algae is something every pond owner will face.
Dying your pond when you first begin your pond is key, as it will kill the algae before you begin placing in pond equipment.
So, in doing so, you don’t have to worry about algae climbing all over your filters, pump, and fountains.
The dye works by blocking out UV rays so algae will not have sunlight to grow.
The most common color to control algae growth is black. The black dye blocks out the most amount of UV rays.
The black pond dye does not turn your pond into a completely black color such as pen ink, it makes it look like a dark cloud is over your pond at all times which looks very good.
How Long Does Pond Dye Last?
On average it takes roughly 6-8 weeks until you have to re-apply.
For my ponds, it lasts quite a bit longer, but it usually has to do with how good your water circulation is.
Another factor you need to keep in mind is rainfall. If it rains in your area quite often, you may have to re-apply every 4-6 weeks.
How Deep Should My Pond Be For Pond Dye?
Most dyes treat up to 1 acre of water at a depth of 4-6 ft.
If you don’t know how deep your pond is you can use weighted string.
Try different areas of your pond to ensure you get the average depth and the right amount for dosage rates.
If for some reason you are unable to do that, you can apply the pond dye a little bit at a time.
Shortly after you’ve applied it, you can add more, depending on how you want your pond color to be.
How to Make Pond Dye
Pond dye is quite easy to make. First off, you’re going to need a 1-gallon bucket.
With that bucket, fill it up with pond water. Next, pour in 1 tablespoon of food coloring into the bucket.
After you’ve done that, begin to stir in the solution with your desired utensil.
You can add in more food coloring until it is exactly the color you want.
Lastly, now that you know need a tablespoon per 1 gallon, if you have a 150-gallon pond, you know you must add in 150 tablespoons.
Voila! You just made your pond dye and added it into your pond.
How to Choose the Right Pond Dye
When it comes to choosing the right pond dye it is only a matter of preference, that is unless you are trying to reduce algae growth.
Not one pond dye has an advantage than any other colors, it is just choosing the color that you would like in your pond. If you are trying to reduce algae growth in your pond the recommended color is black.
Black will block out the most amount of UV rays compared to any other color.
My personal preference for pond dye is a dark blue color.
Dark blue adds a super cool look to my pond and it does not look super unnatural like an emerald blue or and orange color, even red.
Pond Dye Before and After
Before I used pond dye, the only time I was truly happy with my pond was when it was crystal clear, which rarely happened.
The color of my water was always either green, brown color, or a combination of both.
None of those colors ever looked good. The first time I used pond dye, it took me a while to get used to it.
After looking at my pond and not be surprised at the great color it was, I could start to enjoy it.
Not only the color looked good, but the rocks in the pond also looked great as there was a small number of algae.
How To Use Pond Dye
Pond dye is very easy and simple to use if you are using the right amounts.
Pond dye can very easily be overdone because the owner sees the small amount they have added and puts in just a little extra which can cause harm to your pond.
I always have to remember when using pond dye, that a little goes a long way.
When putting in the pond, by placing it near your fountain, it will help to spread the dye much faster and allow you to see if extra is needed instead of just guessing.
Pond dye is a dye and will stain rocks, plants, or walkways if spilled directly onto.
You have to be careful not to spill any pond around your pond as it will be there for a very long time.
You also do not want this to get on any clothing or your skin.
The dye will stain your clothes and will never come out no matter how many times you try.
Pond dye that has touched the skin can cause irritation as well as a rash.
Pond dye is something that everyone will enjoy or use, but after hearing and seeing the benefits it had a pond I had to try it out.
Pond dye will change the color of your water taking it from a gross brown to a beautiful blue.
The dye also is a great way to help remove algae without adding any harsh chemicals to your pond.
One of the best features that are often overlooked is the ability to hide your fish from predators.
The dye makes it hard for birds or other predators to see into your pond.
All in all pond dye has helped me enjoy my pond as well as help my pond stay clean and my fish safe.
Pond Dye For Algae And Weed Control
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Pond algae and aquatic weeds are a common problem for many people. A common question that’s often asked is, can pond dye help?
In most cases, the answer is yes. To stop algae and weeds from taking over, pond dye can help get the water cleared up once again. There are many dye products available to address such situations. They work in a natural way, which will not harm fish, frogs and other aquatic life that may exist under the water’s surface. Such products are safe for humans, pets and other animals. If used correctly they will not discolor skin or hair.
Blue pond dye does not work by directly killing the unwanted algae and growth. It works by blocking light that is essential for the growth of plant life. Though much of this growth may sit on the bottom or bed of the lake, the sun’s rays are still able to get through to continue the process of photosynthesis. Aquashade, which is one type of dye, works by diffusing the sun’s rays from getting past the surface of the water, and limits light exposure to the algae and other unwanted plant life that grows from the lower regions of the water.
Using a natural product has many obvious benefits. There is no need to worry about pets or children being harmed by playing in the water. Fish and other live creatures do not need to be removed prior to treatment. Chemicals, such as algaecides or herbicides, can leach into the ground surrounding the water source. If gardens or other planting areas are located nearby, they could be affected. Pond dye does not add harsh chemicals and is non-toxic. It is good for the water source, the surrounding area and for those who play in or near the water.
If you decide to use a product such as pond dye, do not be alarmed when it comes out of the packets or container looking black. It will get lighter as it disperses throughout the water. It is important to use enough product to treat the entire lake effectively. The natural movement of the water should disperse the entire contents throughout the entire surface within a day or two.
A typical pond dye product will cover a one acre water source up to five feet deep. Therefore, it the water is deeper, an additional gallon may be required. During this time, it is advisable to keep out of the water, until the crystal blue color has spread throughout the entire area.
It’s advised to wear rubber gloves, so the tinting will not get on hands and stain them. This is particularly related to the liquid dye, as the powdered dyes that come in water soluble bags is a bit less messy. Pond dye products for large ponds range in price from $30 to $79 and can be purchased in quarts or gallons. In terms of some concentrated dye, a single quart can treat up to one acre in size. There is no limit to the number of times pond dye can be used in a year.
For the best results, it’s suggested to use the first application at the beginning of the growing season, to catch algae or weeds before they get out of hand. Early management and control is often easier rather than waiting until the problem growth get’s well underway.
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10 Best Pond Dyes – Reviews & Top Picks 2021 – Reviews & Top Picks
Pond dyes are a pretty cool thing if you have an outdoor pond, and this is true for several different reasons. You might want to use pond dye to turn your simple little pond into a beautiful and colorful backyard oasis. They can definitely help make your pond look much more visually appealing, but there is a lot more to it than that still.
Using pond dye actually comes with quite a few different benefits that are worth mentioning. Now, this is only true if you buy some really high-quality stuff. This stuff can come in liquid or powder forms, both of which can be ok, but you do need to make sure that you go with a decent option.
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The 10 Best Pond Dyes in 2021 – Reviews & Top Picks
Below you will find a list of the best pond dyes available today, each reviewed and ranked based on their best uses, pros, and cons.
1. Crystal Blue Pond Dye
If you like blue pond dye, this is one of our personal favorite options. First and foremost, Crystal Blue Pond Dye is perfectly safe to use around fish and is 100% non-toxic, which is really important to say the least. In terms of dosing, a single container of this stuff can effectively dye 1.5 million gallons water.
That being said, it should not be used for ponds that are deeper than 6 feet, or else more will be needed. Just pour it out along the shoreline from a slow moving boat for the best results.
It won’t stain anything and it won’t interfere with other chemicals that you may have put in your pond either. All in all, we think that Crystal Blue Pond Dye is the best option at this time.
2. Pond Logic Pond Dye
Pond Logic Pond Dye is another good choice to keep in mind. This is a blue pond dye and is honestly not all that different from our first choice. Just like our number one choice, this stuff is non-toxic, it won’t stain your fish, and it won’t harm them either. At the same time, it helps with algae and predator control, plus the blue color looks really nice too.
The only real difference is that one bottle of Pond Logic Pond Dye is good for 10,000 gallons water, whereas our number one choice was good for 1.5 million gallons. This is one of the more cost-effective options out there, which is thanks to its super-concentrated formula.
It’s a very similar option to our number one choice, but you may prefer this one for one reason or another.
3. Sapphire Blue Lake & Pond Dye
This is a very interesting choice to go with. Sapphire Blue Lake & Pond Dye features a mix of two thirds blue dye and one third black dye, making for a really deep and dark blue water dye. It might not look quite as vibrant or bright as our first two options, but it definitely does a great job at predator and algae control.
The dark color definitely comes with some nice benefits. One thing that needs to be mentioned is that you will need about twice as much pond dye if there is no dye already in the pond.
On a positive note, Sapphire Blue Lake & Pond Dye is fish-friendly, non-toxic, and should not stain clothes or skin either.
4. Pond Champs Pond Dye
This is a really nice vibrant blue pond dye to consider getting. People really love how it turns water a bright, vibrant, and beautiful shade of blue. In our opinion, this Pond Champs Pond Dye is one of the better looking options out there. Also, this stuff is 100% non-toxic, safe for fish, it can be used in swimming water, and it can be used for potable water too.
It won’t harm or stain your fish either, which is always a big benefit. 1 gallon of this stuff will treat an acre of water that is 6 feet deep. So, in other words, this is not the most concentrated formula, so you will have to use a fair bit of it to achieve the results you are looking for. It will take about 2 days for Pond Champs Pond Dye to full mix into the water.
5. Nature’s Blue Pond Dye
This particular option is a very unique pond dye when compared to the other pond dyes we have looked at so far. Nature’s Blue Pond Dye is a powder dye instead of a liquid one. People really like this because it causes much less mess and takes less effort to dye a pond than liquid dye. Just open up the bag, pop a tablet into the pond, and you are good to go.
A single purchase of Nature’s Blue Pond Dye will dye a full surface acre of pond water down to 6 feet deep. This is a great choice to go with if you have a decorative pond with lots of greenery surrounding it.
One thing that needs to be noted is that this stuff is meant for large scale use, not for small ponds. A single packet of this stuff, when used in a small pond, will make the water so dark that you won’t be able to see your fish.
6. Aqua Shade Organic Plant Growth Control
In terms of algae, plant, and predator control, Aqua Shade Organic Plant Growth Control is one of the best pond dyes out there right now. It contains a bunch of algaecides and herbicides which are specially meant to control pond weeds and algae.
However, at the same time, it is also perfectly safe to use around your fish, plus it won’t kill those beautiful floating pond lilies either.
Aqua Shade Organic Plant Growth Control is best used in water deeper than two feet if you expect to see the best results. This stuff is non-toxic and can be used for swimming water, irrigation, and it won’t harm your fish either. That being said, don’t drink water that has been dyed with Aqua Shade Organic Plant Growth Control because it won’t end well for you.
This stuff is a really dark blue, so it does look very nice. One bottle of this stuff is enough to treat 4 surface acres of water to a depth of 5 feet.
7. KoiWorx Blue Dye
This is one of the lighter blue pond dyes out there right now. KoiWorx Blue Dye will add a nice blue tint to your pond water, thus making it look really nice. It is best used for its aesthetic purposes.
It does an OK job at controlling algae and keeping predators at bay. However, since it is not all that dark, it won’t do as good a job at algae and predator control as some of the darker blue options that we have looked at so far.
We do like how KoiWorx Blue Dye is safe for aquatic life, it is non-toxic if you come into contact with it, and it won’t stain your fish, plants, or rocks either. However, be sure to wear gloves because it will stain your skin and clothes. One single bottle of KoiWorx Blue Dye can treat 4800 gallons of pond water with ease.
8. Pondworx Lake and Pond Dye
Pondworx Lake and Pond Dye is very similar to many of the other blue pond dye options we have looked at here today, but it is still a good option nonetheless. First off, it is completely non-toxic, safe to use around fish, it won’t stain fish, plants, or rocks, and is safe to use for swimming and irrigation too.
If you are concerned about safety and being eco-friendly, this stuff is probably one of the best options to go with right now.
All you need to do is pour the Pondworx Lake and Pond Dye into the pond directly from the shore. This dye should last about 3 days, but it does depend on a couple of factors.
A single bottle of Pondworx Lake and Pond Dye is enough to effectively dye 1 surface acre of pond water to a depth of 6 feet. This stuff provides you pond with a beautiful blue coloration and it does a decent job at algae and predator control too.
9. EasyPro Pond Pond Dye
This particular pond dye is a little lighter in color than some of the others we have looked at. It is a fairly light blue in color, which will provide your pond with a really nice look. The biggest benefit that comes with EasyPro Pond Pond Dye is that it will make your pond look amazing.
That being said, while it will offer a certain degree of predator protection and algae control, it is not the best option for these purposes. When diluted properly, EasyPro Pond Pond Dye is not harmful to fish, birds, or surrounding plants. It is non-toxic and even safe to swim in when used properly. However, be sure to wear gloves because it will stain skin.
10. TotalPond Pond Blue
Just to be clear, TotalPond Pond Blue comes in a fairly small bottle, with one 8 oz bottle being enough to treat roughly 4000 gallons water. In other words, it should be more than enough for a small koi pond. We do like how TotalPond Pond Blue is non-toxic, safe to swim in, it won’t stain fish or rocks, and it is safe for fish to live in as well. It is definitely a safe option to go with.
TotalPond Pond Blue is a fairly dark blue in color, which means that it does a fairly good job at keeping predators away from your fish, plus it does a pretty good job at stopping algae growth too.
On that same note, TotalPond Pond Blue will definitely provide a nice look for your pond, one that goes well with surrounding greenery.
Pros & Cons Of Using Pond Dyes
As with all products and items in existence, there are good things and bad things. This is also true for pond dye, which comes with quite a few benefits, but a couple of disadvantages too.
However, as far as we are concerned, there pros of using pond dye greatly outweigh the cons, which is after all why we are here today. So, let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of using pond dyes.
- First and foremost, the main benefit of using pond dyes is that they help to control algae growth, as well as the growth of aquatic weeds. The reason for this is because pond dye does a really good job at blocking UV light penetration from the sun. In other words, it stops a good portion of UV rays from getting past the pond water’s surface (the right plants can also help keeping pond water clean, more on that here).
- Algae and pond weeds need a lot of UV light to bloom, so blocking the light out will help to control algae. Keep in mind that pond dyes won’t remove algae from your pond if there is already a lot of algae in there (we have covered a seperate guide on safely removing algae here). If this is the case, you will have to treat the problem first, but pond dye does make for a good preventative measure.
- Another big benefit of using pond dyes in your pond is that it helps protect your fish. If you have an outdoor pond, you are probably aware of the fact that birds and other predatory animals love to munch on the fish in your pond. Well, pond dye helps to block out light, make the depths darker, and it helps provide some camouflage for your fish too.
- It is a good way to stop predators from eating your fish. Now, this is not totally fool proof, but it is better than nothing at all. Predators, besides not being able to see the fish, might also notice that the pond has a different color and odor, thus deterring them.
- Using pond dye can actually make shallow water look much deeper. This is beneficial for people who have a shallow pond, but want it to appear much larger.
- Pond water that has been dyed with pond dye is usually always environmentally friendly. These things are made with people, pets, and fish in mind. You can use this water to irrigate crops, to swim in, and you can even eat the fish from these ponds.
- As long as the proper dosing instructions have been followed, there should be no problems with staining either. On a side note, this stuff is really easy to use. All you need to do is pour it into the pond while following the proper dosing instructions, and it will mix throughout the pond in a matter of hours.
- The next big benefit that you get from using pond dyes is that they make the water look much better. After all, this is probably the main reason why people look into pond dyes in the first place, to color the water and make it look much better. Sure, algae and predator control are both added benefits, but the dazzling blues, yellows, greens, and blacks that pond dye can add to a pond, are usually the primary reason for choosing to use pond dye.
- You need to be aware of the fact that failing to wear the proper protective gear can result in long lasting stains. Wear gloves when using pond dye because it will stain clothes, hair, skin, and everything else it comes into contact with.
- Pond dyes, while being good for algae control and for keeping predators away, they do not always work 100%. They are not fool proof and should not be regarded as total solutions to this problem.
- If you have a pond with lots of watershed, especially if you live somewhere with abundant precipitation, beware that the cost of dying your pond will be significant. If there is high water exchange rate, you will need to keep adding more dye into the water, which becomes quite a laborious and expensive process.
- On that same note, these dyes are usually biodegradable and will fade with exposure to the sun, so adding more is often needed, especially in rainy spring months and bright summer months.
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Vision Pond Dye is manufactured and sold by Solutions Pest & Lawn to help keep lakes, ponds, water fountains, and other bodies of water looking naturally beautiful. It also stunts the growth of algae and submerged plant life by blocking UV rays from the sun. This blue pond dye is completely safe to use and will not ruin activities such as fishing, swimming, boating or irrigation systems.
Simply pour Vision Pond Dye directly into the water at several different locations and let pond dye do the rest. If a darker color is needed or desired, just add more dye. Vision Pond Dye is an economical and easy way to make a body of water look like an oasis.
All you need to use Vision Pond Dye is a pair of safety gloves when applying to your water body.
How to Use
- Step 1: Measure the size and volume of body of water to determine how much Vision Pond Dye you will need to mix. To do this you will need to measure the pond area's length x width. The volume is determined by calculating the surface area x average depth. To get the average depth of your pond, you will need to take 3 depth measurements: one at the shallow end, one at the middle and one at the deep end. Add all the different depth measurements and divide by the number of measurements taken to get the depth. So for example, if your pond's surface area 400 ft by 150 ft and the average depth is 9.17 ft, multiplying all these togeter will give you a volume of 550,200 cubic feet.
- Step2: Measure the appropriate amount of Vision Pond Dye into a bucket based on your pond area measurement findings. The label recommends applying at a rate of 1 quart per 1 surface acre of water at a 5-foot average depth.
- Step 3: Pour the pond dye over the edge directly into the body of water and the water's natural movement will disperse the dye.
Where to Use
Vision Pond Dye can be used in lakes, ponds, water fountains, and lagoons.
When to Use
For best results, use Vision Pond Dye before or at the beginning of spring months to prevent algae and some unwanted underwater plant life from growing.
Vision Pond Dye is completely non-toxic and safe for humans and animals. When applied at the recommended rate, it will not stain or birds or fish. Once the dye is completely dispersed, irrigating, fishing, water sports, and other activities can continue.
Vision Pond Dye may stain clothes and skin. Wear suitable protective clothing when applying Vision Pond Dye.