Fluffy algae

Discussion in 'Pond Archive' started by Grub, May 25, 2011.

  1. Grub

    Grub Guest

    Im getting alot of this green fluffy algae growing everywhere in my
    small pond, its very slimy and starting to cover everything. Is there
    anyway to stop it??
    Grub, May 25, 2011
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  2. Grub

    Jim Guest

    Is it on the top of the water? Blanketweed. Koi will often eat
    it...a benefit.

    It cannot compete well with vascular plants. How are your other
    plants doing. We get blanketweed on our berm ponds (that have no koi)
    before the vasculars get going strongly (hyacinth, water celery,
    parrots feather, etc). Once the others get going, the blanketweed
    'rots' away. You can pull it from the surface with a brush or your
    hands. That pulls the nutrients from the pond, a definite plus.

    You will also benefit from plants that cover your pond surface such as
    lilies. They ewffectively shade the water.

    You may also get green water if you have too much nutrient in the
    water. Same cure.

    Have you a veggie filter (smaller, shallow pond loaded with floating
    plants to filter the water and grab the nutrients)? Rule of thumb:
    Veggie filter with 10+% the surface of the main pond. More is
    better. Draw water from the lowest point of your main pond to the
    veggie filter. Good circulation and good muck collection. Our berm
    ponds collect the muck from the main pond. We drain them once a
    year...they have inches of muck. We never have to clean the main

    Good luck.
    Jim, May 26, 2011
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    Grub Guest

    Many thanks for the detailed reply.

    It not floating my slowing covering everything beneath. Its a fine,
    wispy type of algae. The pond it only small, about 1 metre square and it
    has got a small variety of a lily type of flower slowly growing ontop.
    So far Ive just try to pull as much of it out as I can bit by bit.
    Grub, May 26, 2011
  4. Grub


    put in an aerator or a pump with a waterfall. disturbing the water gets rid of that
    "bubble" algae.

    Somewhere between zone 5 and 6 tucked along the shore of Lake Michigan
    on the council grounds of the Fox, Mascouten, Potawatomi, and Winnebago
    , May 28, 2011
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