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    My pond is having difficulty settling. Visibility never improved to where I wanted it and this last rain won't help it. Looks like it's time for some alum. Does anybody have a suggestion on where to find alum around Lincoln? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. And my fish thank you to! Lol

    #2
    I do not know but you might try contacting our private waters specialist. Contact information here, http://outdoornebraska.gov/privatewatersprogram/ .

    Daryl B.
    Daryl Bauer
    Fisheries Outreach Program Manager
    Nebraska Game & Parks Commission
    [email protected]
    http://ourdoornebraska.ne.gov/blogs/category/barbs-and-backlashes/

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      #3
      Thanks Daryl! I'll give it a try.

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        #4
        You might want to try some of the local co-ops, it has been a while but that is how I found some. General Chemical Corp. is the major producer aluminum sulfate for water treatment plants, make sure to get the "fine ground" and test your PH.

        A quick google search shows that the Seed Ranch has 50 lb. bags of "standard ground" available for $55.99

        Here is another place with a phone number you can try.
        http://www.usalco.com/products/alumi...granular-solid

        Good luck!
        Sometimes it's fun to just sit back and watch the circus.....

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          #5
          Thanks Shorty. I have found several places on line but most of them have minimum orders that are way more than I need, plus shipping 50 lb bags is not cheap. Also, many places only sell to businesses and not private. Was hoping to find somewhere local to avoid these issues but might have to just hope the pond takes care of itself. Would try lining it but the PH is pretty high already so I'm nervous about going with too much lime.

          I have a call into G&P but have yet to get a call back. Hopefully they have some advice as well.

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            #6
            I checked a leftover bag I have and I used "standard ground ", the key to alum working well is to get it thoroughly dissolved / mixed into the water before application to the pond. An old trolling motor in a 55 gallon drum on high for 10 minutes will do a good job of disolving the powder.
            Sometimes it's fun to just sit back and watch the circus.....

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              #7
              What is the situation surrounding the pond? Is the turbidity due to runoff and if so you might try to find a way to vegetate the area between the pond and source of your runoff to reduce sediment. Grassed waterways can go a long way to reducing sediment load into your pond. If you can help to describe the situation maybe there's a way we can help.

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                #8
                Duck hunter, the pond is fed totally by run off. Most run off comes from the neighboring property which is mostly farm ground. There is a waterway though that runs the entire distance through the neighbors ground that connects with my sediment pond which then drains into the main pond. I have buffers of tall grass planted all around both ponds. The sediment pond clears rather quickly, but the main pond takes several weeks, to clear. I'm not sure why the sediment pond would clear so much quicker when it's the same water in both ponds. PH is good as I check it regularly and lime when needed.

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