String algae in January!! Does it ever stop growing? Long Valley- Morris County NJ
It's winter, the pond is closed up, the water is crystal clear, and you look at the pond one day and there is a ton of string algae!! You thought this hairy green stuff wouldn't be around didn't you!
Algae is a plant and needs sunlight, water and food. All three exist during the winter and our aquatic plants and fish are hibernating, but the algae isn't.
String algae will continue to grow during the winter months. If there is a warm day we suggest manually removing some of it, if you can. This algae is truly helping the ecosystem of the pond, we know it's ugly, but it is doing good.
In the spring, it can be removed manually and our plants and fish will eventually make it all disappear.