Pond algae is one of the most common recurring problem which is found in ponds and lakes. It has been witnessed that the level of algae increases or decreases in proportion to the level of temperature. The idea of removing and preventing algae blooms from the pond is quite devastating. It becomes imperative to remove filamentous algae from the ponds and also important to reduce the frequency and severity of an algae bloom.
For a healthy Pond, algae control is a must. If not treated properly, it can cause nightmares for months altogether for the owner of the pond. Because algae can easily grow out of proportion when nourished with optimum sunlight, water and nitrogenous runoff. In such circumstances, it can clog filter inlets and water pumps, impacts water quality, choke the growth of desirable plant life and ruin the pond beauty.
Major reasons for the birth and rise of filamentous algae is attributed to their food which primarily is phosphorous and nitrogen. The main source of nutrients come from soil, fertilizer, and animals. These nutrients make ponds nutrient rich which becomes vulnerable and susceptible to continual filamentous algae.
How to best control the growth of filamentous algae
1. Biological augmentation: This is one of the most effective ways to slow down the growth of filamentous algae. Through biological (AquaClear Pellets and AquaClear Liquid) augmentation you can introduce beneficial bacteria and enzymes to the pond. These bacteria enhance the decomposition process and ingest some of the nutrients that would otherwise be consumed by the filamentous algae. In this process the sludge and muck is also reduced.
2. Pond aeration systems – Another effective way is to add aerated systems in the pond. A nice fountain or submersed aeration will enhance the beauty of your pond and increase the dissolved oxygen which will help the decomposition process. It will reduce the nutrient content in the pond.
3. Beneficial vegetation: Planting of beneficial vegetation is yet another way to reduce filamentous algae in and around the pond. Plants seep in excess nutrients in the pond for their own growth and stabilize the shoreline which prevent erosion. Shoreline vegetation will help shade the shallow areas where many filamentous algae problems begin.
4. Nutrient management products: Apart from the above mentioned remedies, there are few products in the market that reduces the phosphorus (Clear Pond) content (as Phosphorus is the nutrient used most by filamentous algae) in the pond. These products bind all free-floating particles in the pond which out of them could be loaded with nutrients. These management products in particular binds phosphorus and permanently locks it up, restricting the use by algae. It will also bind phosphorus that is found in the sediment.
It is also important to understand that filamentous Algae control methods may or may not work in every pond.
Majority of times, implementing above mentioned tactics is necessary to gain control of filamentous algae problems.