Fish Pond Algae Control Services and Solutions Northern New Jersey, Long Valley Morris County and Surrounding areas
Fish Pond Algae! The pond owners #1 battle here in Morris County, NJ. We all have it, We all deal with it , some more than others. One thing is for certain, you will eventually battle it.
There are many products on the market to rid your pond of algae and string algae. The process of controlling this animal can be confusing and down right frustrating. The products out there can be categorized into two groups:
Patience can be frustrating and annoying for any fish pond or waterfall hobbyist. With patience your ecosystem fish pond will balance itself out and create a clear pond with a healthy amount of string and carpet algae. For this to happen, you must have adequate plants in your pond and proper filtration. Let me repeat this, For this to happen you must have adequate plants in your pond and proper filtration.
Filter: Make sure your filter is capable of filtering the amount of water and FISH LOAD in your pond. If your filter is not sized correctly patience won’t work well for you at all. If you need help figuring out if your filter is adequate for you pond please feel free to contact us. We find more often than not inadequate filtration is the root of a large pond algae bloom.
Aquatic Plants: Aquatic plants are an essential part of the balancing process. Aquatic plants use the same food in the pond the algae does. They just happen to use more of it. Floaters are a great aquatic plant to start this process. They pull nutrients directly from the water. If you have few aquatic plants or none at all you need to get some more. Beneficial Bacteria: Beneficial Bacteria aids in the breakdown of debris and organics which creates food for pond algae. By adding bacteria on a consistent (weekly) basis you are speeding up the process of organic breakdown, thus creating less food for pond algae to grow. Beneficial Bacteria addition is also great in keeping the water quality up to par for your fish. A great way to be consistent with adding bacteria is an Automatic Bacteria Dosing System.
EcoBlast: We’ve all done it. Pulling the string algae out of your pond is great fun. But certainly a way to rid the pond of this unsightly pond weed. You can also use EcoBlast, which is a granular application to the string and carpet algae. This product doesn’t kill the algae, it allows for removal via net or your skimmer will skim it out. It works great and has no ill effect on the balance of your pond.
String Algae Buster: This is a fantastic product that most people do not use, because it is expensive and must be used regularly to see results. It is a phosphate binder, phosphates feed algae. In addition to the phosphate binding properties it also contains beneficial bacteria. I would still recommend using a Sludge Cleaner. S.A.B. inhibits the growth of string algae.
Many of us want quick results when it comes to algae control. With the quick results come other variables and factors we need to monitor to insure the safety and health of our fish. These outlined below are very effective but need to be used with caution.
Aquascape Algaecide: This is a chemical algaecide. It will rid your pond of string, carpet, and suspended algae. When using this chemical you MUST have adequate aeration and you must make sure you are not adding too much of the product. Proper dosage is key! When this goes to work it is killing algae and using tons of oxygen. When you use this and you don’t have adequate aeration you will kill your fish! It is however highly effective and works great when used correctly. Additionally you will want to follow up treatment with a treatment of Beneficial Bacteria. You are killing the algae thus creating more organics. And we all know what organics are, FOOD FOR ALGAE. By adding bacteria after every treatment you are speeding up the breakdown of dead algae thus keeping the algae food to a minimum. Aquascape Algaecide can be used once every week for a crystal clear algae free pond.
UV Clarifier and Sterilization: A UV Clarifier is great for clearing a pea soup green pond. You will always have a clear pond when using a UV Clarifier providing it is sized correctly to your pond. The downside to UV Clarifiers is, it DOES NOT control string and carpet algae. It will only get rid of suspended algae. Another factor to keep in mind is you will always have crystal clear water. Crystal clear water does not mean your water quality is good. I suggest testing your water regularly when using a UV light. A UV Clarifier can also be used as a sterilizer. A Sterilizer will control parasites, bacteria, and fungus in a pond. The UV must be sized to the pond and proper flow through the UV must be achieved to benefit from a UV being used as a sterilizer and clarifier.
Ionizer: The ionizer is a new algae control unit on the market. The Ionizer releases trace amounts of copper into the water column to control string algae . Yes. it controls string, carpet, and suspended algae in the pond. To gain maximum benefit from the ion gen most of the algae must be cleared from the pond. This unit will inhibit the growth of algae. If the pond is not clear of algae prior to the addition of this unit, it will take a long time for the pond to clear. Once in, this unit works like a champ! Additionally, the copper level in the pond must be checked regularly to ensure unit is functioning properly and the copper is not too high for the fish.
With all of the treatments in the quick results category water testing is crucial. You will have a sparkling pond and not know if the water quality is good. With these treatments the addition of beneficial bacteria is still essential to the health of the pond. We need to rid the pond of organics.
All of these treatments for clear algae free ponds are very effective. If you are having an algae problem or just have questions please contact us and we will be happy to help you. I hope I have answered some questions and “cleared” up the algae mystery a bit.
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