Frequently asked questions about pond dyes
The list of REGEN-Reflect® pond dye FAQs is forever growing as we add our answers to your questions to help the decision making of our customer’s future purchases. If your question is not below please ask away. We are happy to assist and we will add your question(s) about Dyofix pond dyes to this list.
Will REGEN-Reflect® work in all ponds and lakes?
Our pond dyes will create a light filter in all waters. The minimum doses do require at least 1 metre of overall depth, anything less requires more to compensate, for example, a pond at half a metre will need a double dose.
Please note that not all weeds and algae are susceptible to treated water at minimum concentrations.
How long the pond dye last?
There is no definitive answer to this question as strong sunlight and rainfall both have an effect on the dye. The Sun will fade the dye and rainfall will dilute it. We suggest that a monthly top up of 10 to 15% of the original dose should be made in order to keep the dye concentration at its best.
I have fish in my pond, will they be safe?
The dosage recommended is very low and has no effect on fish. The European regulations have a fish test that uses the dyes in concentrations 1000 times greater than our suggested dose without any harmful effects.
My pet drinks from our pond, will it be ok?
Dogs, cats, rabbits… We have been asked this question many times and there appear to be many exotic ‘pets’ as well as the more popular ones. Water treated with REGEN-Reflect® dye will not be any different to the way it was before being added, so, if the pets were OK before, they will remain that way. Please be aware of Blue Green Algae:
Our pond is visited by frogs/newts/Insects/invertebrates/dogs/cats/rabbits/insects – will the treated water be safe for them to drink?
The actual dye content in the water is very low and will not be harmful.
An interesting observation:
Please note that a well known brand of energy drink has 65 times more dye per litre than a litre of pond water dosed at the minimum rate!
Does REGEN-Reflect® help reduce weed growth as well as algae?
Yes. Rooted weeds at the bottom of the pond require sunlight to grow in exactly the same way as algae. Weeds that have leaves at, or above the surface of the water will be able to benefit from the sunlight, so it is recommended that REGEN-Reflect® pond dyes should be applied in early Spring before the weeds start to grow. Prevention is always better than a cure!
The weeds in our lake are growing, is it too late to use REGEN-Reflect®?
Some weeds require more light than others to photosynthesise, those requiring a lot of light may not be able to support their own growth even when they have hit the surface. As stated above, try to apply the first dose in spring before growth is established.
What happens if we put too much pond dye in our water?
The water will be a deeper shade, and possibly opaque. Over time, rainfall will dilute the colour to the point where it will all be gone. It can also be diluted by adding more water. If emptying the pond is required, the water should be flushed into soil beds – please avoid letting over-dyed water get into surface drains or streams. Any water getting into a stream or drain will not be harmful, but anyone seeing coloured water flowing by may report this “pollution” to the authorities for investigation.
Does the pond dye stain?
In concentrated form, dyes WILL stain hands and clothing, so it is always recommended that gloves should be worn when handling the products. At recommended dilution rates no staining will occur.
REGEN-Reflect® uses a higher concentration of dye and may result in slight discolouration of surrounding stones and water features.
Spillages of the dye on surrounding areas should be washed with copious amounts of water first and strong sunlight should fade any residue.
Is it safe to swim in water treated with Dyofix pond dyes?
Yes. All Parklink’s Pond products are made using European Food Approved Colours, but give the concentrated dye time to mix into the water before diving in!
Can we use more than the recommended dose?
Yes, REGEN-Reflect® can be overdosed by many hundreds of times. It is sometimes necessary to add more than the minimum dosage, for example, if the weeds have grown and are getting near to the surface, this is normally 2, 3 or 4 times the minimum, but it depends on just how close to the surface the weeds are. There are a few lake owners that want to enhance the look of their lakes and, as with Kew Gardens in 2013, they used 10 times the minimum dose.
I have seen photographs where REGEN-Reflect® has been used and this made the water look very blue, why is that?
There can be many reasons, photographs taken as the pond is being dosed, owners deliberately overdosing for effect, even the reflection of a blue sky can make the water look bluer than it actually is. It is almost impossible to capture just how pale the water is once coloured.
How deep in shade will the water be once the pond dye has been applied?
The illustration here shows that the minimum dose is almost imperceptible. Please note that the colours shown are indicative and are not intended to be taken as accurate.
How long does it take for REGEN-Reflect® dye to mix into a pond?
This depends on a number of factors. The size of the pond – with a very big pond, it may be difficult to reach the middle (without using a boat). The “stillness” of the water – the more movement of the water, the quicker the pond dye will mix. If re-circulating pumps are used the mixing will take less time. The simple movement of fish helps to distribute the dye.
Will the Dye damage water pumps?
No. The dye is completely soluble and will pass through pumps and filters very easily.
Can REGEN-Reflect® be used with other pond dyes?
REGEN-Reflect® can be used with other chemicals provided that they are not Chlorine based. Chlorine will attack the dye by bleaching it and rendering it useless.
What do I do with unused REGEN-Reflect®dye?
Keep it in a cool, dry place with the lid firmly in place and use it for “topping up” or the following years(s). Stored in this way, REGEN-Reflect® has a long shelf life.