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Copper, algae, and toad pond

Posted by robin11034 7b Charlotte (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 21, 11 at 10:18

I was over on another forum reading about bird baths. Someone on this forum suggested a place also for the birds and that they will also eat a lot of bugs, so I thought I would research what they might need ... but I digress. : )

Several on that forum were complaining about algae in their birdbaths. It was suggested to put pennies or a copper tube in the bird bath to reduce algae.

I had PLANNED on turning a copper watering can I have into a "spout" with the tubing going in the bottom and out the watering spout directed at the pond.

Because so many suggested that copper retards algae and I read on this forum that tadpoles eat the algae, should I use something else? I don't want to accidentally starve the little buggers.

Robin


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RE: Copper, algae, and toad pond

I scrub my birdbaths with a brush and have never heard of putting copper in them to reduce algae.

I do know that copper is toxic to fish so I would not use it in my pond though I use it near my fishpond and my frog ponds with no ill effects.


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Sorry, yes, tadpoles do eat algae that grows on the liner and rocks or whatever. They don't eat suspended pea soup type algae or big string algae.


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