Pond Algae Control Supplies
String Algae Control
Some Like Algae, Some Don’t….
Make That Most Don’t !
Is Algae Good Or Bad ?
Pond algae is a sign of a healthy ecosystem. Typically a new pond, a year old, or less, may experience a couple of stages where algae are more prevalent than on that of a mature pond even if you have a regimented water treatment routine. Even on mature ponds, it is not uncommon to experience string algae blooms during the change of seasons from winter to spring or during the hottest days of summer when we get extreme heatwaves. Read information on The Most Common Pond Algae Issues on the Pond-Contractors.Services website for complete info.
Three Things To Consider If You are Constantly Fighting Algae In Your Pond, Stream, or Water Feature
Is There A Hidden Problem ?
On balanced ponds these undesirable pond algae blooms are usually short lived. Pond algae that is truly out of control can be a symptom of an underlying problem, that is occurring in your pond. 80% of the time, out of the ordinary problem ponds fall into 1, or all of these three very basic categories.
1. The improper usage or complete lack of natural water treatments promotes pond algae.
A pond is only as healthy as the water in it. Treating pond algae with Algaecides & Pond chemicals is not a long term solution to this pond problem. It’s a quick fix that puts additional stress and loads on your pond. So take care and read all directions before just dumping into your pond.
2. Ponds that are overstocked with too many fish certainly promote pond algae.
It is so tempting to buy and buy not forgetting that the koi we buy are babies. As it grows we have even more acute lack of space and process ever growing waste. Imagine a 4 inch baby has grown to 1 foot, 3 times in few months! The end result is increasing nitrogen levels, which in turn becomes nutrients for algae blooms.
3. The frequency, quantity and quality of food offered to your fish can promote pond algae.
Feed your fish less than you would like. Undigested fish food is the primary pollutant in many ponds. Your fish consume many things in the pond including algae. Excessive food increases waste and nutrients that feed the algae. Ponds overloaded with to many fish also become harder to keep in balance. During algae blooms reduce or eliminate feeding until it is under control.
Other Things To Consider If You are Constantly Fighting Algae
Leaking Ponds & Streams
A leaking Pond or waterfall will require you to continually add tap water to the pond to “top off” your pond. The unnecessary addition of water from your hose will introduce chlorinated water to the pond which consequently kills the established beneficial bacteria in your pond. You always need to address any leaks and make sure your pond is maintaining a proper water level.
Undersized Pump/Poor Circulation
There are several factors to consider when selecting the correct filter size for your pond. Pond shape, volume, location and number of fish and plants all affect how well the filter will perform. The minimum requirement for an unstocked pond would be a filter that runs the entire volume of the pond each hour.
Proper filtration is essential for a healthy pond. Over-filtration will not harm the pond, but inadequate filtration can kill fish and plants and leave water murky rather than clear, and produce algae blooms.
Controlling Rainwater Runoff
Never use lawn fertilizer or insecticides on trees around your pond or on areas of your property that will drain toward your pond. Lawn fertilizer and insecticides will cause large algae blooms, as well as severely threaten the aquatic life inside your pond.