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divedaddy03

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How Do I Get Rid Of This Algae
« on: March 18, 2013, 10:59:28 AM »
Take a look at this video, I'm open to suggestions!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOMPY_njUcM

As I review in the video, my greatest concern is that the algae will come back with a vengeance when the water warms up and I won't be able to stay on top of it.  Even if I can keep up, I don't have the time to be out there swimming in my fish pond every day (every other week at best during the summer is reasonable for me).  I'm open to anything that I can do to reduce the growth of this algae, reduce the time spent fighting it off, and increase the number of quality hours of enjoyment from my Koi Pond.  Maybe one answer is to hurry up and build my hydroponics system and skim water off the top to feed my plants.

Cheers,

Wayne, SC

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Re: How Do I Get Rid Of This Algae
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2013, 11:47:21 PM »
There a variety of ways to control algae in a pond.  While many experienced pond owners and industry professionals commonly state you can achieve a natural "balance" in a pond, allowing you to achieve clear water without the use of a UV or algaecides, in reality this can be difficult to achieve for a variety of reasons.  Direct sunlight, an overstocked pond, overfeeding, and a variety of other factors all contribute to string algae and the dreaded "pea soup" green water common to outdoor fish ponds.

The more shade you can provide to your pond, the better.  This will help to prevent algae from taking over your pond.  Using a quality Koi fish is also an effective measure to help maximize water quality and preventing algae blooms.  Quality foods, such as Dainichi, Mizuho, and TOMiGAi are more digestible than discount fish food brands on the market.  This results in less waste, meaning less protein remaining in your pond water to feed algae blooms.  The result is clearer water.

Adding aquatic plants is an excellent way to help achieve this balance in your pond.  Unfortunately, Koi and goldfish love to feed on plant roots and this can quickly result in a mess in your pond.  If you wish to incorporate plants into your pond, we highly recommend doing so in the waterfall weir of other area which your fish cannot access.  This will allow you to achieve the benefits of having plants without having to worry about them being destroyed by your fish.

Algaecides are also quite common to help prevent algae blooms in Koi ponds.  While they can help to clear green water, algaecides also greatly diminish the dissolved oxygen content in your pond.  This can create a real danger for your fish, especially larger Koi fish which require an oxygen rich environment to survive.  If treating with an algaecide, we highly recommend installing an air pump in your pond.  Many pond owners make the mistake of trusting their waterfall alone to provide sufficient oxygen and learn the hardway this is not always a reality.

Natural barley products are also a popular choice for helping to eliminate green water and string algae in ponds.  The lone drawback to these products is they tend to break down quickly in a pond, which can create additional maintenance tasks for the pond owner as barley particles tend to plug your filter system.  Overall, however, the feedback we have received from our customers who use barley products in their ponds has been extremely positive.  These options also rank among the most economically priced options available for controlling algae.

Adding an ultraviolet sterilizer is also an effective way to prevent algae from taking hold of your pond.  In addition to ensuring clear water, a UV also provides health benefits for your pond by helping to reduce the population of bad bacteria in your pond that contribute to common Koi illnesses.  When choosing a UV sterilizer for your pond, it is important to make sure you choose a unit that is designed for your pond size and flow rate.  When it comes to UVs, a slower flow rate helps to maximize sterilization while faster flow rates provide primarily clarification. 

If you would like free, expert assistance choosing the best option to prevent green water and algae blooms in your Koi pond or water garden, please contact the pond experts today at Pond Dealer, the #1 online source for quality pond supplies and water garden products.  We would love to hear from you... ;)


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Re: How Do I Get Rid Of This Algae
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2013, 06:04:03 AM »
There a variety of ways to control algae in a pond.  While many experienced pond owners and industry professionals commonly state you can achieve a natural "balance" in a pond, allowing you to achieve clear water without the use of a UV or algaecides, in reality this can be difficult to achieve for a variety of reasons.  Direct sunlight, an overstocked pond, overfeeding, and a variety of other factors all contribute to string algae and the dreaded "pea soup" green water common to outdoor fish ponds.

The more shade you can provide to your pond, the better.  This will help to prevent algae from taking over your pond.  Using a quality Koi fish is also an effective measure to help maximize water quality and preventing algae blooms.  Quality foods, such as Dainichi, Mizuho, and TOMiGAi are more digestible than discount fish food brands on the market.  This results in less waste, meaning less protein remaining in your pond water to feed algae blooms.  The result is clearer water.

Adding aquatic plants is an excellent way to help achieve this balance in your pond.  Unfortunately, Koi and goldfish love to feed on plant roots and this can quickly result in a mess in your pond.  If you wish to incorporate plants into your pond, we highly recommend doing so in the waterfall weir of other area which your fish cannot access.  This will allow you to achieve the benefits of having plants without having to worry about them being destroyed by your fish.

Algaecides are also quite common to help prevent algae blooms in Koi ponds.  While they can help to clear green water, algaecides also greatly diminish the dissolved oxygen content in your pond.  This can create a real danger for your fish, especially larger Koi fish which require an oxygen rich environment to survive.  If treating with an algaecide, we highly recommend installing an air pump in your pond.  Many pond owners make the mistake of trusting their waterfall alone to provide sufficient oxygen and learn the hardway this is not always a reality.

Natural barley products are also a popular choice for helping to eliminate green water and string algae in ponds.  The lone drawback to these products is they tend to break down quickly in a pond, which can create additional maintenance tasks for the pond owner as barley particles tend to plug your filter system.  Overall, however, the feedback we have received from our customers who use barley products in their ponds has been extremely positive.  These options also rank among the most economically priced options available for controlling algae.

Adding an ultraviolet sterilizer is also an effective way to prevent algae from taking hold of your pond.  In addition to ensuring clear water, a UV also provides health benefits for your pond by helping to reduce the population of bad bacteria in your pond that contribute to common Koi illnesses.  When choosing a UV sterilizer for your pond, it is important to make sure you choose a unit that is designed for your pond size and flow rate.  When it comes to UVs, a slower flow rate helps to maximize sterilization while faster flow rates provide primarily clarification. 

If you would like free, expert assistance choosing the best option to prevent green water and algae blooms in your Koi pond or water garden, please contact the pond experts today at Pond Dealer, the #1 online source for quality pond supplies and water garden products.  We would love to hear from you... ;)



PondDealer,

Thanks for all of the ideas!  Here's what I've got going on right now.

Koi Pond Update 3/22/2013 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKskdOOUDWc

Koi Pond Filter Setup - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAqU-nh3GuM

I'm using a UV light.
Canister style filter.
Skimming top and bottom by hand.
Also vacuuming by hand.
Barley Bales are also floating on the water.
Quilt batting below the waterfall feature.

I will take the suggestions you gave me to heart and apply all that I can!

Cheers,

Wayne, SC

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Re: How Do I Get Rid Of This Algae
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2013, 07:18:14 AM »
Hey ya'll!

I was able to get some video of the DIY Air Lift Pond Vacuum in action this weekend.

I build a DIY Universal Camera Mount this weekend (See Video Below) and now will be able to produce much higher quality video as a result.

Here is the Air Lift Pond Vacuum in action (See Video Below).

All the best,

Wayne, SC

DIY Universal Camera Mount - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCMW9b7idJM


DIY Air Lift Pond Vacuum - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbDRa3vqON0

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Re: How Do I Get Rid Of This Algae
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2013, 01:12:33 PM »
Just wanted to post an update on the pond (YouTube Link Below)!
It's starting to look so much nicer now than it was and the water is really clearing up...especially since I vacuumed it out the last time.

Bad News: My fish are missing....ugg.

I'm open to any and all ideas!

Wayne, SC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5G0M0OsDXQY

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Re: How Do I Get Rid Of This Algae
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2013, 06:45:01 AM »
We use a product called Pond Balance by Interpret.  You can find it on the internet.  It is fantastic!!  In 2 days our pond was crystal clear.  Initially you do three treatments every 10 days, then once a month throughout the rest of the summer and your algae problem will be gone.

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Re: How Do I Get Rid Of This Algae
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2013, 05:54:15 AM »
Just a quick note, here is what my pond looks like now (video in link below).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLCW_y9tZRw

All the best,

Wayne, SC