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The Story Of Old Moe, The Biggest Catfish In Ohio

The Story of Old Moe as told by Ron Becker “There I was” That’s how all good stories should be started. This story starts out approximately 20 years ago when we built our family pond.  We did everything in the construction of our pond to make it the best possible pond for fishing that we could.  This included a wind powered aeration windmill from Becker Windmills.  We also put structures in the pond to improve fish habitat.  This included an old truck that the fish could go in, under, and around, right next to the air diffuser from the windmill. Now about Old Moe, Old Moe is probably the biggest catfish in the state of Ohio.  A few people have hooked Old Moe, but no one has ever landed him.  Once in awhile people will see him and their jaws just drop open in amazement. So one evening my son K.C. and I were fishing and we were catching a few when all of a sudden I got a strike and when I set the hook it felt like I had a hold of a huge log.  Then it started to move and I knew it had to be Old Moe. No other fish could feel that big.  I continued to wage war with him for probably a half hour or so when he started to surface slowly.  The huge fish slowly came into view and kind of rolled up on his side like he was just flat tuckered out and I thought that the war was won. As I was bending over to try to hoist him out... read more

Pond cleaning at Chase Bank

MuckSuckers was tasked with cleaning sediment from the Chase Bank Coporate Office building pond in Columbus Ohio. This 1/3 acre pond was surrounded on three sides by office buildings and the fourth side by beautiful landscaping. Employees of Chase enjoy this courtyard pond and the garden’s walking path. With years of organic sediment buildup, it was becoming increasingly difficult to keep the pond aesthetically pleasing.   MuckSuckers removed the sediment from the bottom of the pond, without damaging the landscaping or ecosystem. Now Chase can enjoy their clean, revitalized pond for years to come!          ... read more

The best (and environmentally friendly) way to dredge a pond

The conventional way of dredging a pond is a very messy task. This usually involves first draining the pond, then allowing time for the sediment to dry. All wildlife is either killed off or relocated during this aspect of the operation. Heavy equipment is then used to scrape the bottom of the pond. Dump trucks then haul away the sloppy sludge material. This process not only destroys the pond’s wildlife but also the entire landscape around the pond.   After the conventional dredging is done, all banks will then need to be restored, trees and grass or other landscaping and will need to be replaced or reseeded. In many cases conventional dredging will not work. Sometimes ponds are “spring fed” and never dry out completely. Other ponds are completely surrounded by houses, trees, power lines, etc, leaving pond owners no option to use heavy equipment. Another option to pond dredging is the Sediment Removal Solutions of Ohio approach. SRS uses scuba divers and high-volume suction pumps to suction the sediment out without the harmful repercussions of conventional dredging. The sediment is simply pumped to another location, either allowed to be absorbed into the surrounding landscape or contained within a geotextile container. This container passively filters out the water allowing the sediment to completely dry. This material can be hauled away usually at a fraction of the cost of hauling wet material. The SRS of Ohio approach to restoring ponds is environmentally friendly, far less invasive, and leaves little to no ecological footprint behind unlike commercial dredging. It’s a great alternative to traditional dredging techniques.    Contact us today with... read more

How to dredge – but not destroy – a pond

Dredging a pond is a damaging process. All water and all wildlife must be removed before the heavy equipment is brought in – and heavy equipment means felled trees and tattered shorelines. Essentially, dredging is like saying goodbye to (or at best relocating) your wildlife, and then rebuilding the landscape after all the trucks have left the site. Surely, it’s a last-gasp choice to clean or save a pond. Surely, there’s a better way. There is. Sediment Removal Solutions of Ohio (SRS) employs scuba divers to avoid the wear and tear of conventional dredging. The divers use high volume suction pumps to remove the sediment from the bottom of the pond. The sediment is sent to another location, where it can be contained in a geotextile container, or simply absorbed into the land. (A geotextile container will allow the water to slowly drain away, so that the remaining sediment can be hauled away as a much lighter, and much more inexpensive load.) With this system, no wildlife needs to be relocated. It leaves the surrounding environment virtually unscathed. The results are fantastic, too: with proper upkeep, a cleaning of this sort should last from 15-20 years.   Here are some added benefits, from the main SRS website: The restoration of the natural bottom without disturbing existing aquatic life in your pond. Cleaner water and a healthier ecosystem without damage to the existing landscape. A dramatic reduction of weed and algae problems. An expanded living space for your fish at a cost up to 75% less than dredging. A reduction in toxic gases and nutrients.    The cost of this... read more

Pond stratification, or how a sick pond can become healthy

Without proper aeration, pond water can become stratified, creating a “sick”, unhealthy pond. Think of a pond in layers. Warm water is less dense, therefore it will sit on top of colder, denser, deeper water. This stratification of water into layers is more common and pronounced in the summer when surface temperatures are greater. The warm, top layer is called the epilimnion. Then there’s the middle layer called the metalimnion. This is also referred to as a “thermocline“. The thermocline is the transition layer between the warmer surface layer and the colder deep water layer. The cold, bottom layer is the hypolimnion. As summer wears on, oxygen in the lower hypolimnion layer is depleted by organisms there. As oxygen is depleted, fish and other aerobic organisms move to the other layers, go dormant or die off. Introducing aeration to a pond changes everything. A bottom aeration system creates a vertical current. Bottom aeration uses the rising force of millions of small bubbles to turn the pond water over. This allows all levels of the pond to carry dissolved oxygen.   The water on the bottom level moves up throughout the pond. This eliminates the thermal stratification or separation of water layers. Oxygen levels increase throughout the pond which expands the living space and promotes the natural breakdown of organic material at the bottom of the pond. We can consult with you on proper aeration and other solutions for your pond. Contact us today with any questions you have! Call us (1-877-772-MUCK) or email... read more

What are retention ponds and detention ponds?

Retention ponds are basins constructed for holding water. Typically this is water that is runoff from higher elevation. Often they are built near areas of development such as larger buildings or parking lots. You’ve probably seen retention ponds without knowing what their real purpose is. They can be found near places like a Walmart or Menards. Think of somewhere with a huge parking lot – if it was built recently, laws probably required that the owners install a retention pond. They can also be found near some residential areas (at least ones built after the mid-1980s). Retention ponds are built to control water runoff and to help limit flooding. The reason they’re needed near parking lots, buildings and the like is because of the huge square footage of surface area for water to hit and run off of. If it was open land, the water would be allowed to either seep into the water table or run into a nearby stream, river or other tributary. Think about it – without a retention pond, where would the water go? It would likely pour into local sewer systems, potentially filling them up and overflowing them. Instead of flooding, the water can flow into the lower elevation retention pond. Retention ponds are just one type of water retention basin. They are named so because they retain water, or at least they typically hold water in them. They usually also have an overflow pipe so that the water level doesn’t get too high. There’s another version called a “detention pond” or “detention basin”. Detention ponds are slightly different in that they simply detain... read more

Why our pond cleaning process is environmentally friendly

There’s a lot that goes into cleaning a pond. Traditionally, and still today, most companies use dredging to clean ponds. Dredging is the act of removing sediment and muck (decaying leaves, algae and biomass) from the bottom of a body of water. The muck is harmful because it releases toxins and an overdose of nutrients, which in turn grows more algae and kills aquatic life. Our method, on the other hand, doesn’t rely on excavation of your pond. Instead our highly skilled divers go down into your pond and vacuum out the sediment. It is a less expensive method, less invasive and also restores a healthy balance to the pond. The traditional method of pond cleaning, mechanical dredging, is very harmful to the ecosystem of a pond. In dry dredging, the pond must be drained completely before being excavated, which usually means killing off the aquatic life. In wet dredging, sediment and muck is dispersed throughout the water and releases buried toxins, which ends up killing the aquatic life as well. On top of that, the waste must be trucked away, causing damage to the surrounding area and letting muddy water drain out along the way. Additionally, getting the heavy equipment where it needs to be can be tricky, costly and can damage the environment. Our sediment removal system is much more efficient and environmentally friendly. We use suction pumps to vacuum up sediment and muck from the bottom of the pond, without disturbing the aquatic life. This way, your pond is cleaned of toxins and excessive algae growth and will have a restored, healthy ecosystem. As a bonus, expensive... read more

Geotextile containers: how we use them to help clean your pond

Geotextile containers are what we use when vacuuming the sediment from your pond. The muck from the bottom of the pond is sucked up and discharged into them. They’re also sometimes called de-watering bags, geotextile tubes or silt containers. The geotextile fabric they’re made of passively filters out the water. The fabric will not allow sediment through or allow rain water to seep in. This allows the sediment to completely dry in place. The sediment can then be used for landscaping projects to help beautify the area. It can be mixed with compost to enrich the soil. Alternately the sediment can be graded where it is and have grass seeded in it. For this reason we recommend putting much thought into the placement of the geotextile tubes. Sediment Removal Solutions of Ohio can assist with this. We have a PDF that should help you with placement and finding the right grade in preparation of receiving the geotextile container. Without using these containers, there is a huge cost in hauling away the wet sludge. Using geotextile containers also gives you other options so that you don’t have to haul away the material. But even if you decide to haul it away, hauling costs are greatly reduced, simply by removing all the water weight. They are extremely effective and are a huge part of our process. They will help you reduce hauling costs and/or help you to enrich the landscape surrounding your pond. Do you have questions about the process? We’re here to help. Call us (1-877-772-MUCK) or email... read more

What is filamentous algae and why is it dangerous to my pond?

Filamentous algae sounds nasty and looks nasty too. Filamentous algae is the type of moss you see on some ponds that has long, intertwined threads or filaments. The filaments can grow together to form a mat that seems like an icky, green wet wool or a mat of human hair. Most people would recognize filamentous algae better by the simpler terms “pond moss” or “pond scum”.   It starts out growing on the bottom of your pond in shallow water or attached to structures in the water like docks, rocks or plants. Pond moss offers no real value to recreational ponds, and instead can be very hazardous, toxic and a yucky, ugly nuisance to swimmers and sport fishing. It cannot be directly used/eaten by aquatic animals. The best thing we can say about it is that in some non-recreational lakes, the algae can be somewhat beneficial but only when it’s kept at a low level. Pond moss can make for decent cover for aquatic animals such as snails, some insects and scuds. (Scuds, aside from being popularized in the 1st gulf war as short-range missiles, are also a tiny form of crustacean that look similar to shrimp.) Typically however, filamentous algae can be a huge detriment to the life of a pond. It reproduces at an amazing rate; you might not see any and then all of a sudden have a huge algae bloom. As the algae grows and grows it gives off oxygen. The oxygen gets trapped in the weave of intertwined threads of algae and whole bunches of it rise to the surface. Algae has a short... read more

How to get rid of moss in farm ponds

Filamentous algae, commonly called “moss”, or “pond moss”, is prevalent in many organically rich pond environments. This moss covers the surface of the water and is aesthetically displeasing.  Chemicals can kill algae, but the breakdown of the dead plants just adds more nutrients for the next generation of algae. Because farm ponds typically contain runoff water from phosphorus and other chemicals, algae can be more prevalent and problematic there. Phosphorus is commonly used as fertilizer for farming. Unfortunately the downside is that it can go into nearby water sources and help to create algae blooms. Phosphorus is a weird chemical too… unlike other fertilizers such as nitrogen, phosphorus doesn’t soak into the ground as easily. Instead, phosphorus moves downhill across fields. This is why it has been such a big problem in some larger lakes, creating toxic algae blooms in areas such as Toledo, Ohio and Grand Lake St. Marys, Ohio. The physical removal of the floating algae is very time consuming and is short lasting.  The algae soon reappear in just a few short days. To control moss you must control or manipulate its resources. Algae need 3 resources to thrive.  Take away or manipulate their nutrients (sediment removal), environment (aeration), and sunlight (pond dye) and you can control this pesky plant. If you need some help with your pond, contact us today! We’d love to help. Call us (1-877-772-MUCK) or email... read more

Can I use bacteria to clean up my pond?

Beneficial bacteria is important in any pond environment.  Adding additional bacteria to the ecosystem will have some positive effects. However, it many cases, ponds have a tremendous load of organics located in the “bowl” of the pond.  This area tends to be very low in dissolved oxygen.  The lack of oxygen prohibits this bacteria from effectively “breaking down” the sediment. It takes aeration to provide the needed oxygen.  Keep in mind that in most cases, bacteria work slowly and sometimes never reduce the amount of organics in the pond.  They tend to maintain the organics by breaking down as much as is being constantly added to the environment. Also no bacteria can breakdown inorganic material such as clay, loam, or sand.  These sediments need to be physically removed and are all present in every pond. Beneficial bacteria are best used after the pond has been substantially cleaned, and has an aeration system installed.  This bacteria will consume the residual organics that are left after the MuckSuckers/SRS process and clarify the water of the pond. For any other information please don’t hesitate to contact us today! Call us (1-877-772-MUCK) or email... read more

How to remove cooling pond algae

Filamentous algae, commonly called “Moss”, is prevalent in many organically rich pond environments including cooling ponds.  This moss covers the surface of the pond and can eventually clog water pumps, pump house grates and screens and is aesthetically displeasing. Chemicals can kill the algae, but the breakdown of these plants just adds more nutrients for the next generation of algae.  Plus many cooling pond owners don’t want these chemicals within their cooling systems.  Physical removal of the algae is a time consuming operation and is short lasting.  The algae soon reappears usually in just a few short days.  All these remedies are actually just a band aid to the problem.  The real issue is deeper which we will soon address. Get to the Root of the Problem Effectively controlling algae involves the control of the algae’s resources.  Algae need three resources in order to thrive – taking away the availability of these resources gives you the upper hand when controlling this pesky aquatic plant. The first resource is its food source.  By removing the organic material in a pond we will greatly affect the ability of the algae to grow. MuckSuckers / Sediment Removal Solutions of Ohio provides an efficient and cost effective way to pump this organic material out of the pond without the use of heavy equipment.  There is also no need to drain the pond which may not even be a viable solution for the pond owner since the water is necessary for plant operations. The second resource that algae need to survive is water.  Obviously we can’t just get rid of the water, but we... read more

How to remove out of control algae in golf course ponds

Algae can quickly grow out of control in golf course ponds. If you manage such a pond, you might tear your hair out as year after year you keep seeing algae come back. And golf course ponds can be more difficult than other ponds. This is mainly because fertilizer used to keep fairways and greens vibrant can sometimes increase the nutrients within a golf course pond. Also, typically chemicals cannot be used to treat the algae due to the fact that the pond water may be used as irrigation water for the golf course.  Obviously, you don’t want harmful or toxic chemicals messing up the beautiful golf course grass. This leaves fewer options for the maintenance team to successfully control the algae populations in certain ponds.  The best option in these cases is to remove as much of the nutrient base “organics” as possible from the pond environment. MuckSuckers (Sediment Removal Solutions of Ohio) offers a unique process that suctions out the sediment without draining the pond or using heavy equipment.  Scuba divers are used to descend to the bowl of the pond and pump the sediment out to an area of choice.  This process will alleviate the pond of the excessive nutrients which will in turn allow the algae maintenance to be extremely easier. Our process for sediment removal will even allow the golf course pond to be used while we’re working on it. There’s no need to shut the course down. If you’d like more information about how to handle algae in your golf course pond, contact us today! Call us (1-877-772-MUCK) or email... read more

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