Pond Dye Benefits

Why Shade Your Pond

Adding blue pond dye does more than change the color of your water. Pond dye serves several purposes from controlling algae, protecting fish and masking a murky pond.

Safe & Non-Staining

If you are worried about the blue pond dye coloring your skin when you swim, don't. After 24 hours of being applied to the pond, the dye will not stain. The concentrated form, however, is a different story. It will turn your hands colors, so be sure to wear gloves and work clothes when adding dye to your pond.

Once mixed with the water in your pond, pond dye is completely safe for agriculture and irrigation purposes. Immediately after treatment, you can use your pond for recreation, fishing and other activities. It's safe for swimming ponds, as well as watering horses, livestock, birds, pets, fish and wildlife.

Pond Shading

Excessive sunlight can have a negative effect on water quality. Adding pond dyes will beautify your pond and provide a natural shade while improving water quality.

Fish Safety

Using dye for ponds can help your fish in two ways. First, predators that fly above the pond or lurk along side of the pond will not be able to see them easily, giving the fish time to dive out of harms way. Second, as temperatures rise dissolved oxygen levels in the pond are reduced. Using a blue pond dye will help keep the water cooler and allow the fish to breathe easier all summer.


The most popular reason to add dye to your pond is to enhance the natural color and beauty of your landscape. Because different dyes protect and shade the pond the same way, color choice is a matter of personal preference, but different shades are better suited to different situations. When selecting one, first consider your environment and what looks natural in your surroundings. Then ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you have a decorative pond or lake? Try Nature's Blue dye or PondShade Blue– our customers' favorite choice. It's the ideal color for large ponds that double as a view as it contrasts perfectly with lush green landscaping.
  • Do you prefer a more natural look? Try Twilight Blue dye. It maintains a neutral blackish-blue tint that shades and protects your pond without making drastic changes to its natural coloring.
  • Do you want to showcase your landscape? Consider using Black DyeMond dye. Designed to add beauty, this option can turn brown or gray water into a beautiful display. It creates a mirrored surface that reflects surrounding trees and natural rocky landscapes, making it perfect for natural ponds in wooded areas.

Application Process

Adding dye to your pond or lake is easy. Every four to six weeks (or as needed depending on rainfall and evaporation) year round, simply pour the concentrated Pond Dye into the water in several spots along the pond's edge, or toss the easy-to-use water-soluble Pond Dye Packets in the water. Remember, you can always add pond dye, but once it is poured in, only time, evaporation and rainfall can dilute the color.

If you notice your pond is full of suspended debris, you may want to try Pond Dye PLUS. It contains both dye and the beneficial bacteria that's found in PondClear, so it will both shade your pond and help clear the water. This option is great to use after algaecide/herbicide treatments.

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