fluffy brown floating slime

steiconi(12a-Big Island, HI)April 30, 2014

periodically I get poufs of fluffy brown stuff floating in my pond. When I net them out, they turn to slime. The last couple days, there have been lots; most of the time there aren't any.

What the heck are they? My pond looks good otherwise, fairly clear water, happy, active fish.

I call them puffy pooh balls, but decided not to use that as thread title...

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mossybert

I had the same issue before....it comes and goes. when you grab the puffy pooh balls, do they seem foamy? I had that slime grow on my waterfall rocks and I would have to gently pull it off....I hated that stuff. :(

I think it's kind of like a blanket weed, but brownish in color...I'm pretty sure I know what you're talking about. After a couple years, mine went away.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2014 at 10:23AM
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steiconi(12a-Big Island, HI)

I think it's either something different from what you have or manifesting itself differently. This stuff forms discrete puffy clumps an inch to 4 inches in diameter.

Since it's puffy in the water but collapses into slime as soon as I take it out or disturb it, I suspect it has something to do with gas (methane?) forming on the bottom, then lifting the yummy nitrogen-rich sediment to the top. I dump it on pond-side plants; they don't object.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2014 at 1:10PM
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ademink(z5a-5b Indianapolis)

My guess is that it is DOCs (dissolved organic compounds) and you may need to do water changes more frequently.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2014 at 7:15AM
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