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What Kind of Algae do you Have?

May 8, 2018

Pond algae can come in many forms, and each pond ecosystem can produce a variety of different species of algae. Algae can form from a variety of factors, including excess nutrients, hot weather, stagnant water and gas build up, just to name a few. Once you identify your algae, the easier it is to treat. But how do you know what kind you have?

Below are several forms of algae that are common in ponds. Find which algae you have and the best way to keep it under control this summer!

      1. Chara Algae     

Chara is a form of algae that often gets mistaken for a weed. It forms a stem and leaf-like structures, but it will be free-floating in the water without roots. Chara has foul smell and a grainy texture. If you crush it between your fingers, it smells like garlic. When left in the sun and out of the water, it will turn to and ashy-grey color. 

Chara can be difficult to control. We recommend using a combination of Mizzen® algaecide with Copper Sulfate at higher label rates to kill this plant. If the plant becomes calcified, it may become harder to treat.

2.       Filamentous Algae 

Filamentous algae is often referred to as pond scum. It can form in mats on top of the water and look like thick, green slime. This algae can form on rocks and other things underneath the water as well. If filamentous algae covers the entire surface of the pond, it can block out the sunlight and deplete the oxygen in the water for fish.

Filamentous algae can be treated by using Mizzen® Algaecide every 4-6 weeks, or as needed when algae returns.

3.    Planktonic Algae 

Planktonic algae can will look like your water is changing color. It can be present throughout the whole water column. This green or blue-green algae can make your pond look like pea soup or paint. Planktonic algae will stick to things, like rocks, docks, or shorelines.

Planktonic algae can be treated with Mizzen® Algaecide.

Now that you know what kind of algae you have, it will make it easier to figure out a plan for treatment. Mizzen® Algaecide and Copper Sulfate will be the go-to products for treating any of these types of algae. We also recommend applying nutrient reducers, like SparKlear®, to help reduce the excess nutrients in your pond and help with water clarity. These can be applied once a month.

Visit our website at LakeRestoration.com to find all of our weed and algae solutions. Also, checkout our Aquatic Plant Identifier tool to help you find what kind of weed you have in your pond!

Steps to Control Pond Algae

April 24, 2018

Steps to Control Pond Algae

As the temperatures rise around the country this time of year, you may find that your pond is looking more green than usual. This is because warm temperatures, along with organic matter and excess nutrients in the water can create the perfect environment for very rapid algae growth.

To keep a clear pond, you need to be proactive taking the right steps to keep algae away. Keeping your pond clear of algae is similar to weeding your garden; you need to keep up with it, or it will get out of control. Starting early can really make a difference in your success.

Take note of some helpful tips and product recommendations to keep up with your pond.

1.       Using an algaecide regularly

Using an algaecide, like our copper-based Mizzen® algaecide, will be a key factor in eliminating algae once it has grown underneath or on top of your pond. Mizzen® is sprayed over the algae or can be applied with the TORMADA® remote controlled application boat. Mizzen® can help clear up your pond in as little as 7-14 days, with full results seen in a month. Algae can re-grow rapidly, even within a few days, so make sure you have enough Mizzen® on hand for a second treatment or spot treating. A half gallon of Mizzen will cover 20,000 square feet, and is $25.00.

2.       Use a nutrient reducer as part of your treatment plan

Nutrient reducers, such as SparKlear® and PhosControl® can help reduce the organic matter in your pond. SparKlear® contains bacteria and enzymes that eat away at the nutrients in your pond, and it can help improve your pond’s water clarity. PhosControl® contains aluminum sulfate that binds with phosphorus. Monthly treatments with these products are recommended.

3.       Consider aeration to help keep water clear

Aerators or aerating fountains work to keep water moving and will help exchange gases trapped in the water that are aiding in pond algae growth. Lake Restoration offers Vitaflume® floating and aerating fountains in 3 different sizes and can move 7,000-10,000 gallons of water per hour. Floating fountains keep water moving so that algae mats cannot form like they would in more stagnant waters. Aerating fountains help your pond “breathe,” exchange gasses that help weed growth, and they also look great as a centerpiece. Vitaflume® starts at $875 and offers optional LED lighting so you can customize the look of your centerpiece.

4.       If you also have weeds, we recommend using the following products for an overall healthy pond:

Dibrox® herbicide: controls floating and submerged weeds like Eurasian Watermilfoil and duckweed.

Mizzen® algaecide: to control filamentous and planktonic algae and scum.

SparKlear® or PhosControl® nutrient reducers: Improve water clarity and reduce nutrients.

Sapphire Bay® Pond Dye: Do give your pond a pleasing blue color.  

Following these steps will help improve your pond’s health starting early in the spring.

Visit LakeRestoration.com, or call a Lake Expert to learn more about these products.

Steps to Control Pond Algae

April 24, 2018

Steps to Control Pond Algae

As the temperatures rise around the country this time of year, you may find that your pond is looking more green than usual. This is because warm temperatures, along with organic matter and excess nutrients in the water can create the perfect environment for very rapid algae growth.

To keep a clear pond, you need to be proactive taking the right steps to keep algae away. Keeping your pond clear of algae is similar to weeding your garden; you need to keep up with it, or it will get out of control. Starting early can really make a difference in your success.

Take note of some helpful tips and product recommendations to keep up with your pond.

1.       Using an algaecide regularly

Using an algaecide, like our copper-based Mizzen® algaecide, will be a key factor in eliminating algae once it has grown underneath or on top of your pond. Mizzen® is sprayed over the algae or can be applied with the TORMADA® remote controlled application boat. Mizzen® can help clear up your pond in as little as 7-14 days, with full results seen in a month. Algae can re-grow rapidly, even within a few days, so make sure you have enough Mizzen® on hand for a second treatment or spot treating. A half gallon of Mizzen will cover 20,000 square feet, and is $25.00.

2.       Use a nutrient reducer as part of your treatment plan

Nutrient reducers, such as SparKlear® and PhosControl® can help reduce the organic matter in your pond. SparKlear® contains bacteria and enzymes that eat away at the nutrients in your pond, and it can help improve your pond’s water clarity. PhosControl® contains aluminum sulfate that binds with phosphorus. Monthly treatments with these products are recommended.

3.       Consider aeration to help keep water clear

Aerators or aerating fountains work to keep water moving and will help exchange gases trapped in the water that are aiding in pond algae growth. Lake Restoration offers Vitaflume® floating and aerating fountains in 3 different sizes and can move 7,000-10,000 gallons of water per hour. Floating fountains keep water moving so that algae mats cannot form like they would in more stagnant waters. Aerating fountains help your pond “breathe,” exchange gasses that help weed growth, and they also look great as a centerpiece. Vitaflume® starts at $875 and offers optional LED lighting so you can customize the look of your centerpiece.

4.       If you also have weeds, we recommend using the following products for an overall healthy pond:

Dibrox® herbicide: controls floating and submerged weeds like Eurasian Watermilfoil and duckweed.

Mizzen® algaecide: to control filamentous and planktonic algae and scum.

SparKlear® or PhosControl® nutrient reducers: Improve water clarity and reduce nutrients.

Sapphire Bay® Pond Dye: Do give your pond a pleasing blue color.  

Following these steps will help improve your pond’s health starting early in the spring.

Visit LakeRestoration.com, or call a Lake Expert to learn more about these products.

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