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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!

Is your pond ready for Spring?

April 15, 2014

The birds are chirping, the snow is finally melting and the temperatures are rising.  Your pond is starting to wake up because spring is finally here!  Do you need to clean your pond out?  The best time for pond management is in the spring time before the water temperature creeps above 55°F.  In April the water temperature is normally lower at this time and the weeds are just starting to grow.

Clean out debris---You want to get as many leaves and twigs out of your pond.  Using a skimmer or large net will be helpful for cleaning out large materials or particles that have not settled to the bottom of the pond over the fall and winter.

Inspect your equipment --- Did something get damaged over the fall/winter months?   If you have a fountain, aerator, or pond pump…now would be a good time to inspect them and clean them out thoroughly.  Replace any broken parts before you put them back in the pond.

Take a walk---Walk around the pond area and remove solid waste (by hand), re-arrange rocks that may have fallen over the winter months.  Keep the edge of your pond tidy, this will make a perfect habitat for frogs.

Get ahead of the weeds with a pond treatment---We recommend using our PONDRestore® Ultra Kit to stop the weeds before they start growing and to establish a balance with the good bacteria that is in your pond.  

Fluridone will control floating plants (like duckweed) and nearly all submerged pond weed varieties.  It is going to stay suspended longing in the water giving you more control.  It will help stop the weeds before they appear.

Our SparKlear® pellets are going to reduce the nutrients that enable weed and algae growth and promote the health of your pond.  PhosControl® will help clarify the water and reduce the phosphorus levels.  Phosphorus is the main source of food for algae, and algae cannot survive without phosphorus. 

As the temperatures start to rise, algae blooms can appear every 2-3 weeks.  Mizzen® is a copper based pond algaecide that easily controls filamentous algae and is user friendly.

Using a pond dye like Sapphire Bay® will not only leave your pond a pleasing blue color, but it will also block out specific light rays to deter weed and algae growth.

With a little work and some patience, your pond will be ready for the summer months ahead.  Rejuvenate your pond with a Spring Clean and our PONDRestore® Ultra Kit. 

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