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Algae eaters in ponds
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Rose
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PostPosted: 2003.06.09(Mon)6:14    Post subject: Algae eaters in ponds Reply with quote

Can any of you recomend something the eats excess food algae etc. That can live in a pond that is about 300 gallons maybe more where temps are at highest 98 and at lostest in 30's most of the time.
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SherryNE
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PostPosted: 2003.06.09(Mon)14:05    Post subject: Reply with quote

Goldfish are algae eaters. You really can't find a fish that will control algae in a pond: you have to use other methods.
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Rose
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PostPosted: 2003.06.09(Mon)21:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can you plaese describe some of the methods you use?
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SherryNE
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PostPosted: 2003.06.09(Mon)21:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am not a pond expert by any means, but I know shade is vital. You need lots of shade to keep algae from exploding: water lily's trees and screen shades are all options. Anachris/Elodea (a plant) will help a great deal...bog plants planted along the edges will help...barley straw is supposed to help.
Try calling your local garden center...they may have some other tips for you.
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PostPosted: 2003.06.09(Mon)23:08    Post subject: nutrient balance Reply with quote

Start up typicaly brings green water as the bacteria are slow to get back up to speed but you are feeding the fish a lot. Add shade, even by floating something in the pond temporarily. Feed less if you can stand it. Be sure to change water in the pond to remove the nitrates that are feeding the algae, a weekly 10% change is a good thing.
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nonamethefish
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PostPosted: 2003.06.10(Tue)10:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bullfrog tadpoles will eat algae but won't eliminate it completely.

Before using them outside, please check to be sure they are native to your area, as the frogs can migrate to other water sources.

Other tadpoles can do the job, but will have to be replaced every year as they become frogs(unless, of course, they come back to visit you!).
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SherryNE
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PostPosted: 2003.06.10(Tue)10:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

You know, I never fed my outdoor goldies. They get plenty from algae, plants and insects.
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