Friday, March 13, 2009

Aquashade Lake and Pond Dye

Aquashade is our best selling and the industries highest quality lake and pond dye! It is made by Applied Biochemists and is the only lake dye on the market registered with the EPA.

Aquashade contains a blend of blue and yellow dyes specifically designed to screen or shade portions of the sunlight spectrum (red-orange and blue-violet) required by underwater aquatic plants and algae to grow. This action effectively inhibits photosynthesis in young, bottom growth and may prevent development altogether if applied early enough in the season. Aquashade is primarily effective at depths of 2 feet or greater.

We not only use Aqua shade to inhibit lake and pond weed growth, but we mainly use Aquashade to give ponds and lakes a natural deep blue look. We have used every lake dye product on the market, and Aquashade looks the best and lasts the longest!

Application Tips:
Aquashade is easy to apply by simply pouring in along the water's edge or from a boat. Natural water movements will quickly disperse the product in less than 24 hours until even coloration is achieved throughout. Aquashade is non-corrosive and will not stain bathing suits, fountain surfaces or other water features at use dilution.

Application Rates:
For effective control of lake weeds, 1 gallon treats 4 acre-feet of water. To calculate how many acre feet your pond has, you need to determine your acreage and average depth. For example, if your pond is 1 acre with an average depth of 8 feet, than you have a total of 8 acre-feet. You would need to initially apply 2 gallons of aquashade to effectively filter out the sun's light. Than you will on average need to apply 1/2 of your initial dose (or 1 gallon in this case) every month until the end of the growing season.

For most of my Aquashade applications I do not want to completely filter out the sun's light, I just want to make the pond or lake look more aesthetically appealing. I typically just apply 1 gallon of Aquashade per surface acre initially, and then 1/2 gallon per acre every month of the recreational fishing and swimming season.

A typical one acre pond in the Midwest has a 6 month season and will need 4 gallons of Aquashade to keep the water looking great for the season!

Another example: For an 8 acre lake I will initially apply 8 gallons of Aquashade. Then I will apply 4 gallons per month until the season is over. During a 6 month season I will use 28 gallons of Aquashade.

Water Use Restrictions:
Aquashade is completely safe for fish, animals, irrigating, drinking, fishing, and swimming. It has absolutely no water use restrictions, but I would recommend waiting 24 hours to use the water after treatment, to allow the dye to evenly disperse throughout the water column.

Where to Buy Aquashade:
Aquashade can be purchased in single gallons, 4 gallon packs, 8 gallon packs, 12 gallon packs, and even 24 gallon packs at Herman Brothers Pond Management Online Store


  1. we live in central florida and have a pond that appears to be stained... the clarity is limited to 1-2 feet. any ideas how to improve the clarity?

  2. Gary,
    Put some of your pond water into a clear jar and let it sit for a week. If it clears up than something in your pond is causing the turbidity: wind hitting an exposed shoreline, lots of carp and or catfish stirring it up, etc. If it does not clear up, than you have clay or something else suspended in the water. You can apply a half a cup of aluminum sulphate to the jar, and if it clears up than you can apply 50-75 lbs of aluminum sulphate per acre foot of water to clear up your pond!

  3. Nate
    the water cleared up nicely but only after adding pool floculant. do you know of a good source for aluminum sulphate in these larger quantities?
    also, there are some big fish in the lake that roll the surface regularly. one died this week and it appears to be some sort of prehistoric looking catfish. the scales have sharp spines on them. i would love to know what they are. haven't been able to find anything on the internet yet. i could send you a picture if you think you could identify it.

  4. I have 5 horses and my pond has duckweed. My horses drink from the pond and swim too. If I dye the pond will it harm my horses? I am very concerned as they are my best friends and I don't want to jeopardize their health and safety. Thanks Brandy

  5. Gary, please email the fish pics to we will be able to tell you exactly what it is.

    I dont know of an aluminum sulphate source in your neck of the woods, but when I get a chance to do a little research I should be able to steer you in the right direction.

    The guys from could surely know of a source in your area.

  6. Brandy,
    Aquashade will not hurt your horses at all once diluted for 12 hours or so. It is very safe for swimming and drinking.

    You wouldnt mind a little blue tint for a couple weeks would you??? Just kidding, they will be just fine!

  7. Nate,

    Our fishing Syndicate's lake is almost completely clogged up with Stonewort. Would Aquashade if used regularly eventually eliminate this weed/alge.



  8. John,
    Aquashade would have to be used early in the season and kept up at a very high concentration throughout the duration of the season in order to inhibit Stonewort from growing. Even then just Aquashade alone would not eliminate it from your pond and once you stopped with the aquashade, the stonewort would grow right back. Stonewort is actually a form of algae that we call Chara and is very invasive and hard to kill. You need to kill it early in the season with a combination of hydrothol 191 and copper sulphate or cutrine, but be very careful only to treat small sections at a time, cause both those products can be toxic if you use too much. Once the Stonewort calcifies after about 4-5 weeks of life, nothing will kill it. Your only choice is to manually remove it.

    Using aquashade at a rate above the manufacturers suggested dose will help reduce stonewort, but you will want to supplementally feed your fish in a fishing pond, because it will also significantly reduce the base of the fish's food chain as well.

    Email if you would like some more info about this.

  9. How effective is Aquashade at controlling Parrotfeather? I have a small pond almost covered with it and a one acre pond it is beginning to grow in.

  10. Aquashade will inhibit parrotfeathers growth, but will not kill the plant if it is already present. You will need to kill or remove the plant and then use aquashade to keep it from returning.

    In your one acre pond, the aquashade will slow down the infestation, but again wont kill what is already there.

  11. Hi Nate- I just bought a gallon of aquashade for my 1700 gallon pond. I have no idea of how much to use. The label says 1 gllon per acre. My pond is tiny compared to that. Can you help me estimate how much to use. Thanks, Bob

  12. Bob,
    Start with just one ounce, wait an hour and decide if you want to add more. Just keep slowly adding one ounce at a time and wait for at least an hour in between doses until you have your desired color.


  13. i added too much aquashade... its a 3000 gallon pond and is now deep dark blue almost black.. how do i remove it?

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  15. Will aquashade get rid of azolla?

  16. Is it possible to add aquashade in the spring and shade out water shield? If so how long into the season will I need to shade to kill the deamon plant?

  17. I am a blond and color my hair. I am going to be swimming in my boyfriends pond this summer and it is treated with Aqua Shade. Do you know if it is safe for color treated hair? I am not interested in looking like a smurf!


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  19. will aquashade control watermeal? francine