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 String Algea
LisaB53
Posted: Feb 4 2012, 08:34 PM


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Well this is my first winter with the outdoor pond and I'm sure glad it's been a pretty mild winter. I had brought about half my goldies in just in case but I've seen all my goldies in the outdoor pond on a regular basis. My water has stayed crystal clear and the amount of string algea is unbelivable. I'm thinking ahead to Spring and getting the pond going again and wondered what the best thing to do about the string algea. Any suggestions?

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Robyn
Posted: Feb 5 2012, 07:39 PM


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Once it warms, the other types of algae including perhaps suspended algae will grow. The higher plants will also grow and shade out some areas where hair algae is growing. So, to some degree, the hair algae will die back as things warm up. It's not all bad because, right now, that hair algae is helping to filter the water. If there is still too much of it in the spring, you can try the old "twirl it around a branch" to remove some. Some people resort to chemical but things seem to work themselves out in my ponds. Right now, my 153 gallon pond has a lot of hair algae on the sides despite still good duckweed coverage since we've had such a warm winter. Good luck!


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Broxandval
  Posted: Feb 7 2012, 04:22 AM


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LisaB53
Have tyou ever thought about buying a U/V-C or an Ultra Violite Clarrifier we have a 36 watt one on our pond and it keeps everything down to a bare minimum they cost very little to run and can be added to the return side of your filtration.

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LisaB53
Posted: Feb 18 2012, 09:28 PM


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I bought a uv clarifier late last summer. Of course I took it off for the winter. I thought I had read somewhere that it didn't control the string algea.

I am so anxious for it warm up enough to play in the pond again. Just the other night one of my hubbys clients brought me two goldies from a group of goldies she saved from being flushed. I have them in my 20 gallon tank with my two baby fantails I took out of the pond last fall.

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Broxandval
  Posted: Feb 19 2012, 12:16 PM


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LisaB53
We have had our UV on 24/7 365 days of the year the net result just a very short algea clinging to the side and bottom of our pond.
What size pond do you have and what is th wattage of your UV-C please.

rgrds
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Weve been Keeping Koi now for 26 year's we have 20 Koi, 1 orfe. We have a russian blue type cat with while leg markings white chin etc called Pepsi and the cutest young boy cat, Jet black in colour (who has two tails) called Jack.
A growing collection of fishy art and Badger/Otter/Dolphin/koi fine art prints.
Collection of Figurines/Plates/Cups/Slates/Clocks all of them are Badger/Otter/Cat/Dolphin
Collect Benaya koi tiles.
Large Library of Koi/Koi/Fish Health Books plus another Library of Tropical Fish/Fish Health Books.
Member of the Koi Magazines Koi Hall Of Fame.
Our deceased cat family:-
RIP Suki 2005-2013
RIP Dusty 1990- 2008 RIP Dillon 1997- 2010
RIP Sammy 1989-2007 RIP Baby 1991-2006
RIP SpookyII 1995-97 RIP Spooky 1990-95
Time Zone GMT

Note:-
Vals birthday 19/3/59

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Robyn
Posted: Feb 19 2012, 08:06 PM


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The UV will only kill algea that goes past it in the filtration system. It won't kill algae that's already attached in the pond whether it's hair algae or just regular green algae. It could, however, reduce the spread of those alga by killing their spores in the water column. The UV's are mainly to kill suspended algae and harmful bacteria and viruses.


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Servant to 4 cats, 2 rabbits, 3 guinea pigs, 3 chickens, 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, six-spotted roaches, 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

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