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Hey, everybody! Today, we are going to play, what is going on in my pond. You know before we can fix a problem with the pond, you need to know what it is. So I am going to give you some quick you know, some ideas of what’s happening in your pond and let’s identify what those are, so then you know what you are going to do about it. So number one floating clumps of algae, you know floating along the top of the water. It clumps, you can grab with your hand, that’s blanket algae. The string algae, you know growing on your waterfall or your rocks, or side, and we are talking you know extremely long. Okay we are not going to really… Well, this is the top one. String algae also known as hair algae. Now, both of these can be solved with the same types of solutions, barley straw, you know it became the barley extract, or an algaecide you know something made strong you know something made to handle the string algae. Now, our next problem is green water, so you know it is just like pea green or soupy green water. I cannot tell you how many times you know working on the ponds where would come in with just a jar of green water. It is like, “Hey, here is my problem.” And I was like, “Okay put it over the other 800 jars of green water.” so that is an algae bloom.

Typically, what will happen especially with a new pond or somebody has cleaned out their pond and they are refilling it, it looks great for a few days, and you know the sun is out and all of a sudden, boom! Algae bloom, so there’s a couple of things we have to do about that. Number one and the easiest way to handle it is patience. Especially, if you have a good filtration system, and you added the bacteria, and you have some plants. You know, let the bloom will come on and get a little bit of time. You know let your pond work all the natural solutions that you have in the green water and I will take care of it. But if you are like me, and you are inpatient, and you have a good filter system, use a flocculant. You know something like pond clear. You know, read the label, but basically what these do is they clump it. You know you got all these green water, but what that really is lots of tiny, well, very, very tiny algae just flowing in there and the flock ones clump it together into bigger balls, and those thing get sucked in through your pump and to through your filter. You know, like I said if you have a decent filtration system it will just snag it out right away. Instant clear water and I mean instant. We are talking 30 minutes sometimes, be careful though.

A lot of people you know as with anything else if a little bit good, more is better, and of course that’s not true. Especially, with pond chemicals because I have killed some beautiful koi by overdosing them and you know just being stupid, so don’t do that, but those are your two solutions to green water. The other thing we see a lot is brown water or stinky water. Now it can be a couple of the things. The brown can be caused by tannins in the water. Which typically mean you got it on your shade and you’ve got some leaves, some type of leaves, they are maple leaves are going to release contaminants in the water and basically dye your water brown. Not really a big problem but if those build up and you start to get layers and layers of leaves, and they start decomposing, you are going to have them slugged in the bottom of your pond. Now that can be a good problem if it starts to stink what’s happening is as those bubbles form in a slugged, and they come up, that gas is bad. I mean, that’s toxic stuff. It is toxic to your fish and it is toxic to you if you can smell, if not good for you. So the solution to that unfortunately is some cleaning you know getting in there and cleaning out your pond and adding bacteria to your filters or maybe adding some filters that can handle you know that have bio balls or filter media that you can seed with some more bacteria, that can you know kind of counteract that.

Now, the last thing we see, this one’s bad news. Oily. You come out and you kind of get an oily scene to your water. Now, it could have been that you are throwing in some type of food you know that is not a koi food that you thought your wish would like and that’s causing the problem, you know something that you have added. But the bad news is so many times that I have came out to ponds that have oily water, it is because it is pump problem. You know the pump is leaking oil. Now a lot of pumps now use mineral oil, something that’s not going to kill your fish. You know, back not too long ago, we had so many problems with this little you know small NSRP model little giant pumps that had oil and they would leak like crazy because people would use these… You know they aren’t made for pumping out and you know that’s some of the problem, and they are great for cleaning out your pond, but running continues in duty they would start to leak oil and they would kill everything. The first thing you want to do if we have oil in the water is check our pump because that could be a major problem for you. So anyway that’s today’s you know, addition of what’s going on in my pond and hopefully some quick tips to appoint you in the direction to start taking care of those problems.

What’s going on in your pond. Green water? Floating algae? Stinky water? etc… What do these issues mean and how to counteract them. How to use the correct algaecide, barley straw or water treatment to fix what you find.

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