No one wants to witness and contend with pond algae growing in their pond garden. Pond algae visually tarnish the appearance of what was once a serene, eye appealing picture in nature.
Algae can emerge in several variations: three of which are potential problems in the northern part of the United States. One will most likely come into contact with planktonic algae, string algae, or mat algae floating at the top of the water in their pond. Other things that you may notice on the surface of your pond water are residue or a frothy substance, but algae are the main offender.
Algae act as a natural method for balancing out the nutrients in pond water. When there are too many nutrients from fish debris, water runoff, or organic break down, your pond water will eventually succumb to poor conditions if proper measures are not taken to correct the issue.
Algae flourish when environmental surroundings further encourage it’s growth. This would involve sufficient vitamins and minerals in addition to enough light from the sun. If your pond is not that large, focusing on these two essential constituents is quite sensible and can frequently free your pond of algae in brief time period.
If possible limit the amount of sun exposed to your pond. Also, by including enough top floating plants, you will efficiently and dramatically reduce the act of photosynthesis that occurs at the lowest levels of your pond. The addition of plants will also aid in diminishing or absorbing nutrients.
Some type of healthy bacteria, when added to your pond will aid in the balance of your pond. Just as plants do, bacteria lessen nutrient excess and essentially plugs away at defeating algae for this kind of sustenance. Also, bacteria supplies backup assistance by aiding in the digestion of any kind of organic substances that could drop in your pond. Examples of this are lawn clippings, leaves, and fish food that hasn’t been consumed.
By putting together these two complimentary courses of action, your pond will provided with two treatments that strike algae where it is most sensitive. This method can eliminate the need for chemical algaecides that can be toxic to fish and other living things in your pond if not used correctly.
Chemical algaecides get rid of algae at a fast rate, but they to not tend to the underlying reason of how the algae got there in the beginning. The ideal way to go about eliminating algae is to do it gradually, armed with knowledge of the cause and appropriate action.
An ideal environment for your pond can be achieved by the addition of plants combined with bacteria.
By: Bradley Skierkowski