Microbe Lift

By · Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Microbe Lift

Now that spring is upon us and things are returning to life in the pond with the warmer weather, many of us are struggling with the algae chain. String algae is caused primarily by a combination of accumulation of organic nutrients in water and sunlight.

What happens is that during the winter when things slow and many of us turn off the filters, decaying leaves and other organic matter (including fish waste) begin to decompose in the pond.

The result is an excess of organic nutrients in water, which is essentially food for algae growth. Add sunlight and some warmer weather to these conditions, and is an ideal environment for algae growth, both in the green water and string algae varieties.

The green water or "pea soup algae is easily eradicated with a properly sized UV sterilizer, which we recommend. String Algae, on the other hand, is a little more complicated and difficult to get rid of him.

Because usually attached to the walls and rocks of the lagoon, it becomes more difficult to get rid of and unfortunately, There are no easy solutions. But here we will outline some remedies that will help. First, we recommend a pond cleaning – if possible. For those of you that the pond is not cleaned at least once a year, there are many good reasons for doing this.

While cleaning the pond, and removing as much material from decaying organic substance, is also eliminating much of the "food" for algae.

Another good thing to do is cut in the fish feed, reaching its string algae under control. The fish food, both eaten and digested, and uneaten food, are elements that also contribute to this algae growth – so do not worry about the fish, just stop feeding for a while.

There are several products available that can and will "help" to the problem of string algae, like barley bales and / or barley pellets. The idea is that by adding these to the lagoon, which also start to decline in the water, and natural humic acids "resulting in reality will oxidize the algae and help keep it under control.

Farmers in the century 13 has that lakes with bales of barley straw in them, there was mud and algae, let alone string. So, now used in fish ponds. Barley pellets are a new version of the same idea, but generally start working faster. Barley straw needs several weeks before it starts working, and only after that it starts to 'rot' in the water.

Another way to help with string algae is to raise the salt level in the pond. Anything over .3% will help to control algae, but it is better to koi ponds, such as salt can also adversely affect water garden plants.

I also like the microbe Lift product line. Also appear to help control string algae, by adding millions of beneficial microbes and beneficial bacteria that feed algae and also help break down organic waste from others in the pond.

An alternative method that many pond owner prefer is to add one chemical algaecide like algae PondCare's Fix. This is safe for fish and plants, and seems suspended temporarily filamenous Knock Out and algae, but they need to be added periodically for long-term control.

A new method we have been hearing more and more about is adding a certain type of clay to the pond water. Calcium Montmorillonite Clay is gaining popularity among owners of Koi Pond and water gardeners as an effective method and natural algae control. It was also observed to have many beneficial qualities for the fish in the pond.

Hope this helps!

Pondkeeping happy.

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About The Author

Brett Fogle is the owner of MacArthur Water Gardens and several pond-related websites including macarthurwatergardens.com and pond-filters-online.com. He also publishes a free monthly newsletter called PondStuff! with a reader circulation of over 6,000 pond owners. To sign up for the free newsletter and receive a complimentary ‘New Pond Owners Guide’ for joining, just visit MacArthur Water Gardens>

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