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I recently found a Becket product that claims to help with water clarity. Sachets of Barley hay.
Do they work? And how, exactly.
It's been too soon to tell yet as I've just tossed them into my pond this morning.
 
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garley straw just gets mucky and ugly and found that it was not worth it .I have used the liquid with peat in it .But really saw it did not do much .
 
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The bales can clog up and cause problems, depends on water flow.
I can't really comment on the quality of various liquid additives, but the science behind the benefits of humic substances is pretty good.
 

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true but in adding barley with peat it will turn the water a little brown .Not sure most would like that look .It is like a pee brown ,yellowish brown .I use it in my stock tanks once in awhile
 
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Hopefully people will change their minds.
Any tint (green, yellow, brown) will also help protect their fish from sunburn.
 
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I, too, wish people would move away from the idea that crystal clear water is the goal in a pond. I watch a lot of pond build videos and invariably someone will exclaim "look at that water quality!" because the water is clear. Come on now... you can't see "water quality". Couple that with the koi pond owners who boast about their "gin clear water" and you have a whole lot of ponders who fret over their tea-colored pond.

Concern yourself with the health of the pond - clarity is not a good barometer.
 

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funny thing is when I add peat it only stays tea colored for a day or 2 and then turns clear .Even koi clay turns it cloudy for a day or 2 and then clear
 

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Don't bother. I've used them and didn't find they made a difference. Using them is a bandaid anyway. If you want good water quality, you need to work on the basics.

You need good mechanical filters to get rid of the solids. You need good water parameters for the rest. It all comes down to good water quality, i.e. a good filter, maintenance, and treating your pond well.
 
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