WHAT CAUSES ALGAE?

The #1 cause of algae is due to high phosphate levels. Phosphates occur naturally (and not so naturally) from decaying leaves/plants and excessive fish poop. Phosphates also occur the not so natural way by your utility company adding them to tap water to reduce pipe corrosion. So what can you do about it?

1. Check your pond phosphate levels with a test kit. MASTER LIQUID TEST KIT. Also, check your tap water with the test kit as well. You can always top off your pond with rainwater collected from a storage tank. However, ponds should occasionally be topped off with tap water because it adds some essential hardness to the water. Be sure to use a DECLORINATOR and/or HOSE-END FILTER when adding tap water.

2. Remove dead leaves from plants. If plants are hard to reach you can use the OASE FLEXICUT (pond scissors) which has over a five foot handle. To stay dry, use our WATER GARDENER GLOVES, made of tough nitrile, 26″ long and waterproof. To get rid of excess gunk on the bottom, use a SKIMMING NET to scoop up debris, or invest in a pond VACUUM. You won’t be sorry, especially since fall cleanout time is fast approaching!

3. Make sure you are feeding your fish a high protein growth formula during the summer months, and look for a food that has a low phosphorous content. DAINICHI GROWTH PLUS, MICROBELIFT GROWTH & ENERGY, HIKARI GOLD. SEE ALL FISH FOODS. With increased appetites, comes increased excretes! Be sure to keep up with your BENEFICIAL BACTERIA. And increase frequency if needed.

4. For instant phosphate removal, use MICROBELIFT’S PHOSPHATE CONTROL. Use this if your levels are high until you can find the cause of the problem.

5. ALGAECIDES offer a quick fix from unsightly algae, but reducing your phosphate levels will greatly decrease algae outbreaks.The end of Summer naturally brings an increase in phosphates because plants are coming to the end of their life cycle; fish have been, and are still eating more, and perhaps some Summer vacations created a lapse in backflush filter maintenance. In any case, keep your eye on your phosphate levels, and watch your algae woes disappear! Phosphates occur naturally (and not so naturally) from decaying leaves/plants and excessive fish poop. Phosphates also occur the not so natural way by your utility company adding them to tap water to reduce pipe corrosion. So what can you do about it?

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