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Pond Algae: Love it or leave it!!


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It has existed for nearly four billion years. Vulnerable structures, both man-made and natural have fallen due to their effects. With names such as mustard, red, moss, fungi, green and mold, they have no mercy. With toxic resolve, they stain and rot any wood and clog any screen, filter, or pipeline in their path. Welcome to the wonderful world of algae, simple, microscopic plants. Most noticeable in water, they are also found in the air and on land and require the same nutrition as any plants do for chlorophyll production. If algae is not taking over lakes and streams, their primary objective is to maintain the natural balance of life cycles. Humans continue to disrupt the cycle by constructing recreational or aesthetic water barriers, these single-celled organisms consider it an opportunity to linger and multiply. With well over 30,000 varieties, algae have been discovered thriving in even the most extreme environments. They can survive in mountain glaciers, hot springs, and even in waters whose high salinity content obstructs other plant life. Algae grows best in shallow areas and outward into deeper water, even aspiring to attach themselves to a well-ventilated damp well. Algae seem to have a dual purpose. Although they increase life, they create quite a stink in the process. However, long after humanity perishes, algae will continue to plunder, as they have since the beginning of time. Algae is all around us, and without it, our ponds and lakes would not sustain life, so we would not benefit from its countless qualities and beauty. But what about when an ecosystem is struck with imbalance? Algae can turn your crystal-clear pond into a stagnant bowl of pea soup or plug your irrigation lake and aeration equipment with slimy strands. Even minor growth around the shoreline can cause decreased water flow and trap debris. So, should you love it or leave it?  

The answer is you don't love it and don't leave it. Rather you should appreciate it and control it, by learning and following these guidelines:

1.First, consult with an experienced aquatic pest control advisor.

2. Recognize a seasonal history. It is likely that your body of water has repeated algae growth every season.

3. Learn to predict its growth. This is where the history will be useful. Early treatment will save you time and money in the long run.

4. Practice proven effective methods for algae control. Adequate pond aeration, whether it is a sub-surface aerator or a decorative lake fountain, along with beneficial bacteria and enzymes.

You may be thinking that you have experienced some or maybe all of these symptoms, but what is the harm? Algae is a problem because every body of water, both man-made and natural, has a life span. Eventually all that algae you are allowing to grow and then die off at the end of the season are forming sludge. Left untreated, a few feet of water can easily support growth of several tons of algae each season. Sooner than later, your water volume will decrease substantially, shortening the life span of your water feature long before its time. Algae Control So how do you treat an algae problem? For best results, a pro-active approach is the best, you should try F-50 Beneficial Bacteria in combination with F-55 Bio-Zyme. It’s environmentally safe and economical.  

 

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