Remind me to practice what I preach with my pond water...


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Most years, I have the gorgeous, emerald colored algae on my pond rocks and/or string algae in the spring. The fish eat that and it is all pretty. I'm never too worried or hurried to have it disappear, which it always does. This year, I have brownish-green, thick looking water. I can see the algae bits in it. The fish are thriving. We have had many temperature swings in the last 6 months - way up in high 80s to 91 -- way down into the 30s and 40s. Back and forth. Lots of heavy rains, too. The oak trees dropped tons of tassels. Temps are falling again tonight with more rain. The plants are starting to grow, but they haven't really taken off yet, since the temps aren't staying really warm for extended periods.

If I were giving advice to myself, I would say just be patient. Once the temps warm up and stay that way, the plants will get growing and will shade the water. You will be able to see down into your pond again someday soon.

Right? I don't think anything crazy is going on. I have a skimmer and I keep it cleaned out. I don't have too much plant debris in there from the winter - I cut everything back. The pond isn't overstocked at all and my filtration is great. I think this must just be a seasonal thing, made worse by the ups and downs in temp and the big rains we had earlier in the spring.

Anyone want to remind me to just have patience?
 
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Thank you! I knew I could count on people on here. That water sure is ugly, though.
 

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I know! Both my ponds are a mess right now. String algae by the ton in one and the other has water so cloudy and green and a ton of small leaves and tassels and pods. Both ponds overstocked so not feeding till the water clears a little.
 
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My water is looking pretty good right now but I know if I start feeding the fish the yuck will come and the filters will all start plugging up.
 
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One of my observations over the years has been that milder winters lead to a lot more algae in the pond in the early spring. Not scientific... just something I've noticed.
 
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For those with the pea soup ponds, remember, you can set up a algae filter. Line a milk crate or plastic laundry basket with quilt batting, pump water over that to catch the gunk. Rinse as needed.
 
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You have described my pond to a t, bagsmom. The weather has been crazy so like you, I am hoping that we just have to be patient.
 
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For those with the pea soup ponds, remember, you can set up a algae filter. Line a milk crate or plastic laundry basket with quilt batting, pump water over that to catch the gunk. Rinse as needed.
All my plumbing is underground. I could rig up a screen with batting and put it over the opening to the skimmer, though. I bet that would be an interesting experiment. Thanks for the reminder!
 

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All my plumbing is underground. I could rig up a screen with batting and put it over the opening to the skimmer, though. I bet that would be an interesting experiment. Thanks for the reminder!
I did a big water change on one pond as a power loss caused a filter and the bog to backflush! Using a spare solids handling pump now to pump water thru one of the blue furnace filters to be followed by adding the quilt batting. I always have a spare pump and tubing around for such things.
 
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I did a big water change on one pond as a power loss caused a filter and the bog to backflush! Using a spare solids handling pump now to pump water thru one of the blue furnace filters to be followed by adding the quilt batting. I always have a spare pump and tubing around for such things.
Come to think of it, I have a cheap submersible pump I got from Harbor Freight. I could rig it up to pump through a garden hose and shoot the water into a crate of batting - and just let it drain into the pond. I wonder how I could keep the fish from getting hurt by the pump, though.
 
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Come to think of it, I have a cheap submersible pump I got from Harbor Freight. I could rig it up to pump through a garden hose and shoot the water into a crate of batting - and just let it drain into the pond. I wonder how I could keep the fish from getting hurt by the pump, though.
Not sure how your pump could hurt your fish. Unless you have tiny fish.
 

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