Algae is perhaps the most annoying thing that one witnesses in his / her pond. In addition to this, algae also spoils the look of your pond and the nearby surroundings. You will also feel foul smell emanating from the pond and deplete oxygen for the aquatic species in pond. With few simple tips you can control the growth of algae and even stop its growth completely.
Let’s first understand what causes its growth.
Algae uses photosynthesis technique which means plants, algae and certain bacteria harness energy from sunlight into chemical energy. Pond algae can be categorised
1. Green Water: These type of algae is so tiny that they can pass through even the finest of net or filter. These type of algae usually need sunlight and nutrients to be able to grow.
2. String Algae: This is also popularly known as hair algae, this filamentous species extends in the form of long strands and tend to tangle together.
Now let’s ponder our thoughts over eliminating algae.
Appended below are some of the tried and tested method that control the growth of algae and also help prevent its growth.
1. Insert Plants
The first step in this direction is to add plants inside the pond. This process will help plants to consume all nutrients produced by fishes, leaving very little for algae.
Increasing the quantity of plants at the bottom of the pond helps in oxygenating the pond and provide a new lease of life to the flora and fauna inside the pond. Believe it or not but this is perhaps the easiest and long-term solution to keep water clean and clear.
What kind if plants to be put inside the pond- The choice of your plants also make a lot of difference. One should choose floating plants, such as lotus and lilies and lotus these plants add vigour and charm to your existing pond. Do remember to shield your pond from excess sunlight.
2. Water Treatments
Its advised to use different kinds of water treatment for effective results. You can treat even the most vivid forms of algae, even green water and string algae can be treated by repeated treatment. However, you need to be sure of the dosage that one applies to treat algae.
3. How to control Green Water
UV clarifiers perhaps is the best medium to combat green water as it exposes algae to very high levels of ultra violet rays that destroys its reproductive ability.
Maintain balance to control algae growth
One needs to understand that you will never find a situation when the pond will be totally free of algae. However you can keep all your processes in checks to ensure
that it is controlled or removed as soon as you find it hitting the rock bottom of the pond. All your alage control treatments will help in ensuring that the algae control is taken care of and is controlled in a proper manner.