to do about Pond Algae
Pond Water, String Algae, Hair algae, etc.)
Algae comes in many different forms, even different
colors (Green Algae, Red Algae,Brown Algae). The two
kinds of Pond Algae frustrating backyard Pond owners
most often, though, are "Green Water Algae"(also called Pea Soup Algae)
and "String Algae" (also called "Blanket
Weed" or "Hair Algae"). Controlling and getting rid of String Algae and Green Water Algae in ponds used to be difficult, but in the last few years many effective and environmentally safe products have been developed to eliminate String Algae and Green Water Algae. This makes it much easier to control and eliminate the String Algae and Green Water Algae nuisances.
pond water Algae are single cell plants that can make
the Pond look like “pea soup”. These plants are so tiny
that they can pass right through a Pond Filter.
Consequently additional forms of Algae Control have
to be used. Algaecides are not a good choice in the
Garden Pond or Water Garden, because they will also
harm Pond and Aquatic
Plants. Algaecides in Fish Ponds and Koi Ponds can be harmful to the Pond Fish.
is very important to balance
the pH in the Garden Pond (it should be between 7.0 and
8.0). Nothing in the Pond will be very successful until
this first step is taken. Easy to use Pond
Test Kits are available to measure the pH.Pond Algae in its many forms (green "pea soup" pond water, string algae on waterfalls, pond plants, liner and other pond surfaces) and pH are inter-related. The higher the pH, the more algae of some sort or another the Water Garden, Fish Pond or Koi Pond is likely to experience.Here are the steps to take to help eliminate the various kinds of Pond Algae:
Balance the pH to between 7.0 and 8.0 (always measure pH in the morning, it goes up during the day).
Use a "Flocculant" to clump single cell green water algae so it gets heavier and falls to the pond bottom to be picked up by the filter.
Use a fish safe Oxygen Cleaner to clean your waterfall, pond liner and other surfaces without scrubbing
Add lots of Pond Plants to shade the pond water.
***The only sure way to eliminate green water in a Garden Pond, Fish Pond or Koi Pond is with an Ultra Violet (UV) Clarifier
the pH is balanced you can introduce Beneficial
Pond Bacteria (read about Beneficial Pond Bacteria in the
Pond by clicking here)
and lots of aquatic plants to compete with the Algae
for nutrients and hopefully starve the green
water Algae. (It is important not to clean the Pond
filter with chlorinated tap water - this will kill
the beneficial bacteria. Use a bucket of Pond Water
are available that are harmless to Pond
Fish and Pond
Plants, but make the Algae clump together so it
can be picked up by the Pond
filter. It is advisable to clean the Pond filter
more regularly for few days after using the product,
so the green water Algae can be efficiently eliminated.
are modern mechanical devices that eliminate green water
Algae for good. These UV lights are used in conjunction
with a good Pond Filter to kill and then remove the
algae from the water.
Algae (or Blanket Weed or Hair Algae) often grows in
water with high pH values. The pH must be lowered to
7.0 - 8.0 to slow the growth of this type of Algae.
There are many
products available to eliminate existing string
Algae safely without harming the Aquatic
Plants in the pond. Oxygen Cleaners are best to clean existing stringy growth on Waterfalls, pond liners and other Pond surfaces without scrubbing, Barley products will help prevent future string algae growth.
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