Question keeping good bacteria alive duing rain fall?

jayham26

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I have a five hundred gal. pond and was wondering how can I keep the good bacteria alive with having a rain storm every day now for two weeks? I try to add water treatment when I can and I also have a rain barrel that I can test just the rain water and it has a little bacteria killing chemicals in it. The amount is minute so should I worry about it?
I have had fish in the past with no problems until they died from a pump malfunction. Since then I have remodeled the pond with some new safety structures in place. So I have to start the cycling processes all over again so that's why I ask the question above. I did install a diy canister filter in line with the plumbing so I do have media for the bacteria to grow on.
Any input would be helpful thanks.
 

Shawnie

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sounds like your pond will be fine im not sure what you mean by rain having bacteria killing chemicals in it? adding some prime or amquel+ once a month or ever other week probably wont hurt either ..do you have pics of the pond? id love to see it
 

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Hi Jay! Rainfall has no impact on keeping your beneficial bacteria going. Just like an aquarium that's what your bio-media does. What you do have to monitor is if your rainwater is acidic or alkaline so watch your pH and KH. If your KH drops below 80 ppm, add a couple tablespoons of baking soda so that you don't have a pH crash.
 

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There are a couple of pretty nasty chemicals that have been found in rainwater, particularly in industrial belts. However, I don't know that even those will make much of a dent in the nitrifying bacteria, unless there's a ton of the chemical in the air (and if there is, your fish will have problems, too).
 

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I have huge rains here in Florida and none of them have affected by bacteria levels that I know of. I actually rely on them for water changes in the pond during the summer. Also I have an absolutely humungous bio filter (nexus)
 
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