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    Shard MacD

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    Hi, have had a back yard pond for 7 years now. Just recently we had to replace the liner and ended up with a larger pond. As expected the water was beautiful for the first week. Now it looks like pea soup. I have two filters one with a uv light, that still indicates the light is lit. But I was wondering if maybe the uv part may have stopped working. Does any one know about these things. Also I have tested the water and all is well except I do not have a tester for salt, which I will pick up today. Have added salt but thinking not enough yet! Glad to have found this forum. Thanks in advance for you input.
     
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    Welcome and easiest and cheapest but hardest work is using quilt batting to pick up all the fine algae cells .You may have your water going through the uv to fast and salt will not stop algae unless you want ocean water and tropical fish and guessing in cape cod you are not getting that kind of weather all year
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    Thank you Sissy. I don't have a way to set up a system like that, yours looks great. Changed the light yesterday so we will see. Had a young male Mallard duck land in the pond this morning. He waddled around the yard for a while and took off. Was interesting to say the least.
     
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    Welcome!

    A fish safe, plant safe Algaeside will clear up your pond in a giffy. READ AND FOLLOW THE PRODUCTS DIRECTIONS.
     
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    Lou it is a new setup. Chances are the algae is there to take care of the ammonia and will clear when his biofilter comes to life. Way to early to talk chemicals.
     
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    I just don't thrust those products that say they kill stuff or they clear your water .My neighbor did but the green clean and it worked a little ,but seems filter is not working right at picking up stuff .I wonder if that stuff killed off her bio load n her filter .I am at a lose and we added the quilt batting and it is clearing up more each day .I drilled holes in a bucket and we tied it to under where her water goes back into the pond .
     
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    I ran quilt batting in my formal pond for several years during the 90s and do not recall that it was all that good at removing suspended algae. If I recall correctly you are soaking the batting with hydrogen peroxide. I would expect that is what is killing off the algae. Maybe once dead it clumps and is caught by the batting.

    Would not stake my life on this. Just what I remember.

    But I wonder about hydrogen peroxide. People add it to aquariums to up the oxygen level when there is trouble. Logic tells me that a few minutes after you start the pump the peroxide is gone. Maybe it forms some secondary compound that does the algae in, on't know.
     
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    With it being new I agree.
     
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    I really have no clue but I know it works so I have a habit of staying with what works for me .Just like lava rock works for me .I soak the quilt batting in a combo of water and peroxide .I am a person of habit I guess .Never thought of myself that way but since doing the pond ,I guess I am .I guess ponding opens your eyes to new stuff but you have to be careful which things you choose to do .I fell for chemicals about 3 times because the stores push all the benefits at you and only way to really learn is from other ponders .I could not really afford to put out all that money for things that did not work or worked for a short time and then you needed to pay for more .If my dad and mom could run an organic farm back when there was nothing known about it then I can do this .I guess I am my fathers daughter . :cheerful:
     
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    Huh?
     
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    What you mean Lou...............you can't see the welcome letters in the middle of the feathers? Look close as they flash off and on :cheerful:
     
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    needs glasses but that is one bright bird
     
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    Now I see them! Thank you Mother JW.
     
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    Welcome!
     
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    You are so funny Lou Lou.................remember the Little Lulu cartoons? [​IMG]
     
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    Yep!
     
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    Thank You everyone. The pond is clearing up a little but it is chilly this morning and I'm sure that helped. Do you guys add salt to your ponds? I did but not sure if I added enough. Is it about 1 cup per 100 gallons? I looked for a salt testing kit with no luck this past weekend. We have one for the pool at work so my hubby will bring a strip home this afternoon but it measures ppm. I am not sure on the ppm for a pond, still researching. Again thanks
     
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    I never add salt. It seems it is mainly added to fight disease. I am sure ones that do add salt will chime in.
     
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    do you have any photos of your pond? love looking at the pond pics. getting new ideas etc
     
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