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Posted: Apr 18 2004, 09:28 PM
We have a spring fed stocked pond. It's about a quarter of an acre in size. It was stocked with Kentucky Bass, Bluegill, and catfish at least 10 years ago. We bought the property two years ago and cleared out pastures from the heavily wooded land that the pond was hidden down in. It's now used by our horses to drink from, however it has an algae problem that we can't seem to control with dye. It's still loaded with fish but my question is, does anyone know if it's possible to have the best of both worlds and have it be used by horses and still maintain a pond enviorment with fish? And is it really healthy for the horses to drink from?
Posted: Apr 19 2004, 08:54 AM
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I don't have a farm pond but do have some ideas. The pond probably has a worse algae problem now that there are fewer trees providing shade. I think unless you have a lot of horses, the pond can support them drinking as well as fish and other animals and plants. Here are some ideas.
1. See these pages of mine: http://www.fishpondinfo.com/algae2.htm and http://www.fishpondinfo.com/farm.htm
2. Add some barley straw bales.
3. Add pond plants (or more if you have them).
4. Put in a large aerator/fountain. My farm pond page has links to stores that sell them. With water turn over, the fish will be a lot healthier, the water clearer and better oxygenated, and the water quality will improve.
5. Add good bacteria (again, see those links for sources for this in bulk).
As long as the pond is in full sun without plant cover, it will have algae. Most algae are harmless to your horses. Blue-green algae can be bad. It's like a blue slime that floats on the surface and breaks up when you touch it. Adding the aerator should get rid of it since it hates moving and aerated water.
Robyn, Analytical Chemist, Zone 6/7, Maryland
Servant to 5 cats, 2 rabbits, 3 guinea pigs, 3 chickens, 2 mice, 1 redbellied turtle, 3 freshwater aquariums (65, 50, & 20 gallons), 2 saltwater aquariums (6 and 12 gallon nano cube reefs), 7 outdoor ponds (1800, 153, 50, 30, 20, 20, & 12 gallons), 1 indoor pond (50 gallons, winter only), crickets, mealworms, and hundreds of fish (of about 18+ species), amphibians, snails, shrimp, corals, crabs, worms, and so on in those aquariums and ponds. A mostly full list of my current animals is at http://www.fishpondinfo.com/animals/animallist.htm