Keep algae under control in your water garden. One of many ways is to install a U/V clarifier, which has a germicidal, ultraviolet bulb in it. When the water passes through the chamber and past the bulb it irradiates the algae, killing it. This keeps your water clear. Another way to keep algae at bay is with the use of chemicals. One of the products we reccommend is Algae Fix which is an algaecide that’s safe for plants and fish. Another popular product is Accu-Clear. Accu-Clear is a coagulant that clumps single celled algae particles together so that they become large enough for your filter to catch them.
Want to keep algae out? Change your filter pads regularly. Make sure your water is flowing through the pads and not over them. As for fish food, the more waste you have in your pond, the greater chance you’ll have for algae to develop. Feed your fish twice a day, with no more than they can eat in three minutes. Barley straw is a great product to control algae. Float it in the water. In conjunction with oxygen and sunlight it creates a humic acid, which breaks down the barley straw and creates a form of hydrogen peroxide, released slowly in the water, controlling algae admirably. Barley straw comes in pellet form, small bales, and liquid form as well.
Vegetation cover will help fight off algae if your pond is in full sun. Lily pads are recommended. They will shade the water from the sun, cutting down on algae growth. Marginal plants with root systems in the water will absorb nutrients, starving the algae out. Plants are a very big anti-algae asset, along with not overstocking on your fish.
Pond dye can also be added to your pond water to reduce algae. The dye absorbs the ultraviolet rays of the sun, starving out the algae. Aquashade is aqua-blue, color pleasing dye, that is a recommendation if you choose to go this route.
Follow these simple tips and you’ll have an algae-free pond all season long!
*Stocking fish, the rule of thumb is one goldfish for every 30 gallons of pond water volume and one koi for every 250 gallons. This gives your fish the freedom and room they need.*