Accidental water clearing

ernie85017, zn 9, phxJune 17, 2013

I only have a little stock tank pond. My learner pond.

I used the pond plant fertilizer that is not supposed to cause algae bloom because you put it down in the soil.

I was taking out water for a few days and replacing with treated water thinking if I could at least dilute the algae, maybe i could get ahead of it. It would bloom up again during the day. I didn't want to use algaecide, since I like the algae on the surfaces, and the comets eat it.

Meanwhile, the lily and other plants are not really responding to the (*&%$ plant fertilizer, to shade the water. Figures.

I got some Japanese Black Trapdoor snails and a small plecostomus and within two days I could see the bottom. Not perfect, but greatly improved. Reading up, I learned that the snails eat suspended algae.

Double benefit! FWIW, and FYI, for those fighting algae.

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If i'm not mistaken some plant fertilizers use phosphates and nitrates as their base which plants love but as algae is a plany they love it too. Best fertilizers are Iron based and have a low phosphate and nitrate content that way it feeds the plants rather than the algae, but as mentioned algae is a plant so i'm guessing you could be feeding the unwanted algae also.

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