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What type of barley do you prefer or would recommend to use? Bales, Pellets or Liquid. My pond has a long waterfall, but isn't real big, approx. 7,000 gallons at little less than 2 ft. deep.
 
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I tried small “bales” but it didn’t work to control algae. The wise folks on this forum told me to add more plants, and that did the trick
 
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I do have plenty of plants. Do I really need to add barley if my pond is clear?
 

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None of the above. When I was a pond-newbie, I tried the liquid. It didn’t do much, so I added plants. Plants work well.
 
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The theory behind barley in the pond is that it produces hydrogen peroxide as it decays. Best to skip the decaying part and just add hydrogen peroxide in my opinion!
 
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Why would you add anything if your pond is clear and the water parameters are fine...Is there another issue that concerns you enough to question the use of barley?
 
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The theory behind barley in the pond is that it produces hydrogen peroxide as it decays. Best to skip the decaying part and just add hydrogen peroxide in my opinion!
I tried peroxide for the first time this year and it does seem to help. Also lots of plants in a bog work. Years ago I added barley and wasn't happy about the rotting mess it created.
 
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no, I was told years ago to use it. I had run out earlier this summer and was going to buy some more. I have a lot of plants, so i guess im good. Good to know I dont need to use it!
Thanks to all!
 
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Agree with the responses.

I too, in the past have tried the bails and the liquid concentrate.
I feel that it did nothing.

Plants have helped a lot. Lots of plants.

My bog filter also helps big time. Plus there's lots of plants growing in there as well.
Before the bog, my water was pea soup green. When I started up the bog, the water cleared in less than a week.
 

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