String algae on waterfalls

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    Hi all! The algae is only growing on the falls. Any good method for removing? I scrubbed some off a while back and it got into the pond. Cleaned it out manually.Ill get a pic...
     
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    Turn off your pump spray with peroxide let it sit for 15 minutes or more ,(depends on sun and warmth how long ) then turn pump back on and it turns white and floats away to be caught in your filter .I would remove heavy stuff with a dollar store toilet bowl brush first .Peroxide does not hurt fish
     
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    Thanks Sissy !
     
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    Wow that is a lot of it but great thing about the stuff yu remove with the brush is that it is great for flowers or veggie plants for fertilizer
     
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    It's not in the pond. That's why I worried about scrubbing it off
     
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    I just remove by hand. It usually comes out really easy.
     
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    toilet bowl brush is the easiest remover of the thicker stuff and finer would be a little peroxide .But algae on a waterfall also means it is helping clean your pond and protect your fish from excess nutrients in the water .You may end up with more of a problem if you remove it all .The algae is a cleaner like a sponge it collects all the bad stuff
     
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    Then it stays!!!
     
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    @sissy makes a good point about removing it - when you have that much, you need to ask yourself why and correct the problem. If it’s a new pond, (which I believe yours is) it may just mean your other plants need time to start growing and do their part. But the algae is definitely helping, and based on how green yours is, it’s helping a lot!
     
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    Side note - I wouldn’t hesitate to pull out the long stringy stuff. It’ll grow back, but in the meantime your waterfall will flow better.
     
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    Thank you lisa and sissy...cas too. Everyone is s helpful.....pond is 3 months old at the most
     
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    Yup - your pond is still seeking it's balance. Pull the string algae off the waterfall if it bothers you... leave it if it doesn't. Eventually it will disappear. When your plants get bigger then will take up more nutrients and the algae will take a back seat.
     
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    Thx again lisa
     
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    Since this video I have learned that all you have to do is put it on and let it sit for about an hour. It may not look like it's gone but in a day or two it is completely gone. No scrubbing necessary. Pull out as much as you can before doing it.
     
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    For the occasions I do need to scrub algae off the waterfall or rocks, I bought a birdbath scrubbing brush. It has sturdy bristles and rinses easily.
     
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    I just buy dollar store toilet bowl brush's
     
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