POND ALGAE CONTROL

We had a customer come in the store the other day lamenting over a severe algae problem, “I wasn’t going for the swampy look” she exclaimed. To effectively treat an algae problem, getting at the cause is much better than treating the symptom. In short, algae is just a result of something gone wrong. We always ask our customers a series of questions before recommending an algaecide in order to eliminate any equipment or maintenance issue. Once that’s done, we can target the algae with the appropriate product.

Check off the questions below and then we’ll discuss the different types of algaecides and bacteria products that will get rid of that “swampy look.”

  1. Do you leave your system on 24/7?
  2. Is your filtration system adequate in relation to your pond volume and fish load?
    Learn more about filtration here.
  3. Are you backflushing your filter weekly?
  4. Are you using beneficial bacteria regularly?
    Learn more about bacteria here.
  5. Does your pond have adequate aeration?
    Learn more about aeration here.
  6. Does your pond have some shade in the summer months
    Learn more about floating plants here to create quick coverage/shade.
  7. Have you replaced your U.V. bulb within the last 12 months?
    Replacement UV bulbs
  8. Is your pond relatively clean? No piece of equipment or product can compensate for built up muck and debris.
    Learn how to do a pond cleanout.

    If you passed the questionnaire test with flying colors, the only thing you need to know is which type of algaecide to use because not all algaecides treat all types of algae. Basically, there are 2 types of algae, string and green water algae. Deciphering the difference is easy: if you have stringy, hairy, or mossy algae, it’s string algae. Alternately, if you have water that is pea soup in color, then it’s green water algae.

    BEST TREATMENT FOR STRING ALGAE

    BEST TREATMENT FOR GREEN WATER ALGAE

    BEST TREATMENT FOR BOTH TYPES OF ALGAE

    • A.Algaefix is effective against string and green water algae, blanket weed and hair algae. Use this product when you have a moderate case or combination of string and green water algae.
    • B. Tetra Algae Control combats string and green water algae, and contains a 5.4% active solution to get the job done.

    BEST NATURAL PREVENTITIVE FOR ALGAE

    If any of you are wondering where Crystal Clear’s D-Solve9 went, it’s been replaced with Algae D-solve.
    It’s not as strong as the previous version, but contains the same active ingredient at 5.4% instead of at 9%. See all our algae control prodcuts

    PONDBIZ TIP: When temperatures are above 80 degrees, dose algaecides in the morning before it gets hot, and supply adequate aeration. Use a Beneficial Bacteria Prodcut the day after an algaecide treatment to “eat up” the dead algae.

    Happy Ponding!
    The Pondbiz Family

    Ken, Jeri, Dawn and staff

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