article: Controlling Pond Algae
Controlling Pond Algae
The water garden or pond are areas of growth for plants, fish, yourself, and for
many other forms of life as well. Algae will grow where water is, but you can
learn to balance and control the algae in the water so your water is clearer and
Controlling algae is more of a problem for new pond owners who are learning to
experiment and balance the water, as well as the spring months, when the water
in the pond is not year fully balanced after a winters cold. One important
factor that will have an affect on cleaner and clearer water is the pump you use
in the water garden. Using the proper equipment in the pond is going to have an
affect on how easily you can control the algae from growing in the water garden.
The pump used in the water garden should be large enough to move about one half
of the amount of water in your water garden through the pump during the course
of a day. The more water that will move through the pump during the day the
cleaner your water will appear.
Another important piece of equipment in your water garden is the filter in the
pump. While many gardeners will not thing about the filter too much, you need a
filter that is just as good as your pump. Remember your filter is going to
filter the water through the pump, twenty-four hours a day, so a good filter is
important for the cleaning of your water.
To keep your water cleaner, algae clear, you need to start with the basic good
construction of a water garden. The shape of your water garden should include
that the depth of your water is very deep over forty percent of your water
garden. A slope in the bottom of the pond will help you attain depth in one
portion of the water garden.
Another factor in construction of your water garden is that you have the right
depth for the type of fish you are keeping. Larger fish need deeper waters, at
least one or two feet for the smallest of fish, and adding more depth for the
larger types of fish.
One last feature in construction that will help you keep the algae levels lower
in your garden is the use of testing the water. Without testing the pH levels of
the water you will never realize what problems you might be facing or how your
actions could change them. You can learn more about testing the water in other
articles here on pond web.
In the construction of your water garden, if you have used concrete or marble
for building your water garden, these items bring up the pH levels in the water
of the water garden. Algae will grow faster if you use these items to build your
water garden. Testing more often will be needed to control the algae in the