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The Summertime Pond Articles: Algae Bloom

Algae Bloom | Articles

Submitted by Ken Becker

Algae bloom is one of the most natural things that can happen to your pond and is not a sign of water problems. Algae is Mother Nature’s way of letting you know that your pond is alive and well. Depending on the pond owner’s viewpoint, algae can be either beneficial or detrimental to a pond. For most, it is the bane of a pond owner’s existence when left unchecked and yet it also plays a part in the overall health of a pond and its eco system. Most backyard ponds are closed systems and unlike natural ponds lack the constant flow of fresh water. This usually results in a build-up of sludge and organics which provide ample nutrients for algae. Read more

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* Aquatic Plants are warrantied for 30 days and will only be replaced once at no charge.

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New Items
New Items
PondMax LED Color Changing Lights
PondMax LED Color Changing Lights

Color changing LED Light

The new generation remote controlled color changing LED light offers the latest LED technology to effectively illuminate your pond or garden at night time. These color changing are dimmable so you can always adjust the amount or light you want to see.  Comes in a starter kit that includes the color changing LED, Remote Control and a Weighted Base.  Available in Large and Small sizes.  You can order add on lights that connect to each other when additional lights are desired.  Kit comes with control module.  Transformer sold separately. Avaliable colors Red,Green,Blue,White,Orange,Yellow,Aqua, and Purple. Small light rated at 1.9 watts Large light rated at 2.2w.

  • 30 foot remote range
  • 8 different colors
  • flashing and changing mode settings
  • highly energy efficient.
  • 16 foot cord
  • 2 year warranty
  • Dimmable 
Rebate on Select Pondmaster Pumps through June 30!
Rebate on Select Pondmaster Pumps through June 30!
GreenClean Algaecide
GreenClean Algaecide

Pond Algae Control Supplies

Finally, Green Clean, a Worry-Free Algaecide that Works Instantly on Even your Toughest Algae. Unlike other aquatic algaecides on the market today, GreenClean works on contact to control algae (especially String Algae) in water gardens, ormanental ponds, fountains and other water features. It is a water activated algaecide and is safe for all animals once it is in liquid form. Avoid keeping algaecide granuales where birds and small animals can ingest them.

GreenClean algaecide does not harm fish and aquatic life and starts working instantly. GreenClean algaecide immediately begins fighting algae blooms, releasing vital oxygen into the water as it biodegrades. SAFE for Koi and other pond fish and Aquatic Plants. It is recommended that you rinse it off the plant leaves to avoid burning.
EPA approved
Granular 2# Bottle, 8#, 20# and 50# Pail.

Application Rates:
100 gallons - 1.5 Tbs initially, then 1 Tbs weekly until pond is clear and 1/2tsp monthly for maintenance.

500 gallons - 4 oz initially, then 4 Tbs weekly until pond is clear and 1 Tbs monthly for maintenance.

1000 gallons - 8 oz initially, then 4 oz weekly until pond is clear and 1.5 Tbs monthly for maintenance.

5000 gallons - 40 oz initially, then 21 oz weekly until pond is clear and 4 oz monthly for maintenance.

See all Pond Algae Control products

Pondmaster ClearGuard Pressurized Filter w/UV
Pondmaster ClearGuard Pressurized Filter w/UV

Pressurized WITH UV Pond Filters

The new ClearGuard pressurized pond filters by pondmaster utilizes both mechanical and biological filtration to keep your pond as clear as possible year round and also includes built in UV sterilizers which effectively eliminates green water and many waterborne bacteria in order to keep your pond crystal clear and fish safe. The largest of these filters can handle any pond up to 16,000 gallons and is very easily maintained with its multi-function valve which allows for convenient filtering, backwashing and rinsing.

ClearGuard Model 2700
-Good for ponds up to 2700 gallons
-Inlet and Outlet are 1.5" Slip & Barb
-Can use pumps up to 3000 GPH
-Maximum Pressure 15 PSI

-Includes a 9w UV Clarifier

ClearGuard Model 5500
-Good for ponds up to 5500 gallons
-Inlet and Outlet are both 1.5" & 2" Slip & Barb
-Can use pumps up to 6000 GPH
-Maximum pressure : 15 PSI

-Includes an 18w UV Clarifier

ClearGuard model 8000
-Good for ponds up to 8000 gallons
-Inlet and Outlet are both 1.5" & 2" Slip & Barb
-Can use pumps up to 8000 GPH
-Maximum pressure : 15 PSI

-Includes an 18w UV Clarifier

ClearGuard model 16,000
-Good for ponds up to 16,000 gallons
-Inlet and Outlet are both 3" Slip & Barb
-Can use pumps up to 9000 GPH
-Maximum pressure : 15 PSI

-Includes a 36w UV Clarifier

PondOVac 4 FREE SHIPPING
PondOVac 4       FREE SHIPPING

PondOVac 4 | Pond Vacuum Cleaners

In stock for immediate shipment
The newest and most powerful of the Pond vacuums on the market by Oase.

* Versatile pond vacuum eases backbreaking pond maintenance
* Use in ponds, swimming pool and household wet vacuum
* Powerful vacuum for sludge, algae and waste

This powerful three-in-one unit functions as pond, swimming pool & household wet vacuum! It is 20% more powerful than the Oase Pondovac 3. The heavy duty vacuum features a patented two-chamber system driven by a 1800W motor. Enjoy continuous operation even at depths of six feet without experiencing significant loss of suction. Choose from five professional nozzle attachments to power through pond muck or sludge with ease. The rigid extension tubes consist of four aluminum tubes and a transparent tube to extend your reach up to ten feet from edge. The fully portable unit with rugged wheels and handle doubles as a compact caddy that neatly stores hose and accessories for easy transport. Enjoy wet vacuum power that transitions seamlessly from pond cleanup, swimming pool maintenance or household wet-vac operation. 2.6 gallon capacity. Removes particles up to 3/8". 3 year manufacturer warranty

Includes: 16 ft intake hose with five rigid extension tubes, 8 ft discharge hose, 13 ft power cord, five nozzle attachments, discharge net, and a convenient rack to store and organize accessories.

Features:

•Dual-chamber Vacuum System: Two cylinders alternate suction and drain cycle to provide continuous suction.

•Sludge Drain with Drain Hose: Dual-discharge option for draining waste water directly into flower bed.

•Aluminum Extension Tubes: Lightweight bend-resistant tubes. Safe, even in swimming pools with chlorine.

•Transparent Extension Tube: Allows easy visual inspection of debris material.

•Universal Multi-Tool: Removes pond sludge without taking in pond gravel.

•String Algae Tool: Separates string algae strands for easy removal.

•Brush Tool: Scrub away stubborn encrusted dirt and deposits.

•Flat Surface Tool: Rollers and integrated brushes make cleaning large, level surfaces found in pools and swim ponds a breeze.

•Wet Vacuum Tool: "Squeegee" away soiled water or residual water during use as a wet vacuum cleaner

Microbe-Lift PL
Microbe-Lift PL

Microbe-Lift PL

100% natural, safe and beneficial bacteria that breaks down algae, reduces ammonia and nitrogen levels, improves oxygen levels, seeds and maintains biological filters and dissolves organic sludge and slime.

For Application rates and additional discounts click "view details"
See our other barley straw products and other pond water treatment products.

Microbe-lift Spring & Summer Cleaner
Microbe-lift Spring & Summer Cleaner

Microbe-lift Spring and Summer Pond Cleaner

A seasonal approach to the Proper Organic balance in Ponds. Helps to jump start your pond to a healthier enviornment in the spring. Natural, Nontoxic and Noncaustic, Microbe-Lift is NOT a chemical. It is harmless to humans, fish plants and pets.

Accelerates the breakdown of leaves, small twigs and other accumulated organic waste. Reduces build up of residual organic sediment. Pre-measured water soluble packets.
16 oz (8 packs x 2 oz) Easy to handle, cost effective.

Application rate for one container of Spring/Autumn Cleaner:

500-1000 gallons; use one packet per week for eight weeks

1001-5000 gallons; use packets bags per week for four weeks

Click for more info.
See other barley straw products for pond water treatment.

Microbe-lift Legacy All Season Variety Mix
Microbe-lift Legacy All Season Variety Mix

Microbelift Legacy All Season Variety Mix is the answer for how to feed a complete blend of fruits, greens, carbohydrates, protein, wheat germ, vitamins and probiotics to your Koi and pond fish.

It contains 20% each of the most popular foods; Fruits and Greens, Summer Staple, High Growth and Energy, Wheat Germ and Immunostimulant. Contains both pellets and sticks and stabilized Vitamin C. Will not cloud the water. Minimum Protein 36%

Available in 5 convenient sizes from 11 oz to 40#.

Laguna ClearFlo Filter & Max-Flo Pump COMBO
Laguna ClearFlo Filter &  Max-Flo Pump COMBO

Pond Filters

The Laguna ClearFlo Kit includes a pressurized filter, including UV plus a companion submersible high performance, low energy consumption pump. Both products come with a 3 year manufacturer warranty and will provide you with years of enjoyment and ease of maintenance. Contact us with the details of your pond so we can assist you in choosing the right size equipment.

Laguna ClearFlo filters are a pressurized pond filter that includes an integrated UV (sterilizer/clarifier) to help eliminate green water algae and keep your pond crystal clear, clean and healthy. Laguna ClearFlo filters are an all-in-one filter that provides mechanical, *biological and UV sterilization and are designed to work in tandem with a solids handling pump such as Laguna's Max-Flo. *(except model 700 which does not utilize a biological chamber)

Laguna ClearFlo filters also feature a revolutionary patented Backwash-Cleaning System that quickly and easily cleans the surface of the included foam filters without opening the filter. The bio-media where the beneficial bacteria resides is not affected during this process. With Laguna ClearFlo filters backwash cleaning can be done easily and comfortably in a few minutes without opening the lid. This feature ensures that the filters perform at optimal levels and prolongs the time between full maintenance sessions. Laguna ClearFlo filters also come with an easy-view cleaning indicator that signals when it's time to perform backwash cleaning.

Available in four sizes from 700 gallons to 3200 gallons.

Laguna Max-Flo Pumps combine High Performance with SOLIDS HANDLING. The strainer cage protects the impeller from debris. Cage opening 1/4" for 600, 900 and 1500 gph models and 5/16" for 2000 gph pump. All models (except 600 and 900) employ an integrated electronic circuit board to continuously control the impeller speed.

1000 gallon filter; 13w UV, 11.2" x 13.7" inlet/outlet 3/4", 1" 1.25" Includes 600 gph pump, only 32w, max lift 5'10" 1" outlet, 16' cord. 5.5" x 4.75" x 3"

2000 gallon filter; 13w UV, 11.2" x 20" inlet/outlet 3/4", 1" 1.25" Includes 960 gph pump, only 65w, max lift 6'4" 1" outlet, 16' cord. 6.75" x 6.75" x 3.5"

3000 gallon filter; 24w UV, 14.3" x 20.6" inlet/outlet 3/4", 1" 1.25" Includes a 2000 gph pump, only 100w, max lift 13'5" 1" outlet, 16' cord. 7" x 6.5" x 3.5"

4000 gallon filter; 36w UV, 14.3" x 25.2" inlet/outlet 3/4", 1" 1.25" Includes a 2400 gph pump, only 100w, max lift 12'2" 1.5" outlet, 16' cord. 7.5" x 7" x 4"
See all of our Laguna Filters

Aqua Ultima ll 1000 (A50073 1.5" valve) FREE SHIPPING
Aqua Ultima ll 1000   (A50073 1.5

Pond Filters

Here it is, Ultima by Aqua, the next generation of filters and the best tool for Koi ponds. Specifically engineered to meet the environmental demands of ponds. The unique lightweight tubular Bio-Media has low head loss and a very high biofilm surface and is designed for very high flow rates. It protects beneficial bacteria while dislodging unwanted debris. Ultima II filter 1 1/2 " multi-port valve. 3/4 cu ft media.

Matala Pond Vac ll FREE SHIPPING
Matala Pond Vac ll  FREE SHIPPING

Pond Vacuum Cleaners | Matala Pond Vac ll

The Matala "Muck Buster" is one of the most powerful pond vacuums on the market today. The suction can lift as high as 5' above water level. This unit has an auto fill and drain cycle and a powerful 2hp motor with 16' cord and a large 5 gallon capacity. Large 16' suction hose plus 5 extension tubes. Four different heads included. Will suction dirt and debris up to 3/8". Discharge hose is 8' and a mesh bag collects coarse debris. Dirty water discharge in approximately 30 seconds. The vacuum is not a continuous vacuum and will stop as the unit is filled and automatically discharge the dirty water and then automatically start up again. Discharge water is terrific for garden beds etc as an organic fertilizer.

Approx size 13" x 20"

2 year manufacturer warranty. For pond use only. Not approved for swimming pools or salt water.

Hose-End Garden Filter
Hose-End Garden Filter

Garden Hose Chlorine Filter

works great to minimize chlorine and chlorimine in tap water. Use to top off your pond. Easily attaches to your existing garden hose or at the spicket with the attached LEAD FREE solid brass fittings.

2 1/2 dia. 9" filter length, 12" overall length. Great to use with the mini vac or leaf vac so you don't end up with chlorine in your pond while you are removing leaves and debris.

Guaranteed for one year. Average 7500-10,000 gallons with normal city water.
Pond Shield Epoxy Pond Coating by Pond Armor
Pond Shield Epoxy Pond Coating by Pond Armor

Pond Shield by Pond Armor

is the finest high performance epoxy pond liner and sealer on the market today. The modified epoxy pond coating and sealer developed by Pond Armor produces an awe-inspiring finished surface that provides a water proof non-toxic barrier for your aquatic environment. Pond Shield is a 100% fish and plant safe pond coating.

Pond Shield was designed by Pond Armor with the hobbyist in mind. After prepping the surface area, Pond Shield rolls on just like paint with a short nap 1/4" paint roller, or can be applied with a brush, squeegee or even sprayed on. You can use 2-3 oz per kit of denatured alcohol to thin the product for easier use as it is quite thick out of the can. You simply mix both parts with the alcohol and it's ready to apply. Pond Armor's Pond Shield works great for Koi ponds, water gardens, fountains and waterfalls!

We always stock it in Clear, Black ,Tan, Gray, Sky Blueand Competition BLue. Forest Green can be special ordered.

Each Pond Shield kit is 1.5 quarts and can cover up to 60 square feet. That's 60 square feet in just one coat, for a total of 10 mils in thickness. Unlike the color versions of Pond Shield, clear Pond Shield is void of pigments which means EACH kit is applied in several thin coats, eventually being brought up to 10 mils thickness No primers or sealants needed. It can be applied to most surfaces including fiberglass, concrete or cement. It is a flexible epoxy and provides a superior elongation. Simply mix both components together and apply just like paint. Cures to touch within a few hours and is safe for aquatic life.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR BLACK POND SHIELD:
Due to colder temperatures that can occur during shipping and storage at various shipping depots, your black Pond Shield epoxy may have become stiff and unworkable. This does not mean your epoxy has gone bad. It is just cold. To remedy this, tightly replace the lid on your product and place each container in a bucket of hot tap water (boiling the water is not necessary). Your Pond Shield epoxy should return to a workable state within 20-30 minutes.


If you have any questions regarding this, please contact the manufacturer, Pond Armor, at (800) 716-1545 and a representative will be happy to assist you.

Premium Pond Netting
Premium Pond Netting

When only the best will do! This quality lightweight, yet extremely strong and durable, black 1/8" mesh pond/leaf netting has 2" folded black polypropylene binding with 3/8" grommets every two feet. It is made from knitted high density polyethylene and has a UV protector melted into the fiber during the manufacturing process.

Available in seven sizes from 10' x 10' to 20' x 30'

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