Algae! The pond owners #1 battle. We all have it, We all deal with it, some more than others. One thing is for certain, you will eventually battle it. There are two major types of pond algae. One being suspended algae which makes your pond look like pea soup and String, Hair, or Carpet Algae. We are going to talk about String Algae and the steps we take in Morris County NJ to stop this algae beast from taking control of your pond.
Don't have String Algae? But your pond is green. The article may help you out: My pond turned green overnight, now what?
Nasty Right?! I would have to say this is Not what we want our ponds to look like, wouldn't you? We are going to walk you through the steps we take to rid our ponds of this green monster.
What we do:
1. Manually Remove It! I know you are saying to yourself, "You have got to be kidding me!" Kidding I am not. You need to manually remove as much of this nasty algae as you can. This step is very important, treating a pond or waterfall with this much algae will take forever to clean up and wreak havoc on your ponds ecosystem.
2. In comes our magic pond dosing system. We add a clear bag for a couple of weeks and it attacks this stuff with a vengeance.
3. Once we have won the algae battle and its not out of control, we will change the dosing bag to a Maintain bag and let the pond clean itself.
4.More plants, yes we would highly recommend the addition of more aquatic plants. These will not only starve the algae of food, but will provide beautiful foliage and flower color and interest to your pond!
Don't have a pond dosing system? Here's a list of what we use to do:
1. Yes, unfortunately you still need to manually remove this stuff. As much as possible.
2. Add Aeration! Add an additional pump to move the water around or an aerator.
PLEASE READ STEP 3 AND 4 TWICE.
3. Here is the tricky part. Do make the process faster we used Aquascape Algaecide. BE CAREFUL!!!! To much could harm your fish and too little may not help. Use dosing instructions recommended by the manufacturer of the Alagecide you purchased.
4. Add Aquascape Beneficial Bacteria at 2-3 times the recommended dose for your pond on the manufacturer's bottle. MAKE SURE YOU ARE USING BENEFICIAL BACTERIA IN THIS STEP NOT, I REPEAT NOT ALGAECIDE.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until algae has reached a desirable level.
6. STOP ADDITION OF ALGAECIDE.
7. Continue addition of Aquascape Bacteria for 3-4 more weeks at 2-3 times to recommended dose for your pond per manufacturer's bottle.
8. More plants, yes we would highly recommend the addition of more aquatic plants. These will not only starve the algae of food, but will provide beautiful foliage and flower color and interest to your pond!
These are the steps we take when we run into the green monster. Algae in general occurs due to a high nutrient load. While treating the pond make sure you try to figure out what the underlying issue it. It could be ground run-off, recent lawn or plant fertilization, or just plain old over feeding of your fish. Once you figure out what the culprit is, address this and your string algae problem may be easier to control.
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Over the last 18 years, Clay has been involved in landscaping and aquascaping, which led him to his passion, POND BUILDING and opening A Frog’s Dream in 2006. His true passion is to create works of art for others to enjoy and marvel at in the privacy of their own backyards.