This is the primary problem of pond keepers – algae. This ubiquitous, unwanted plant life in all its green majesty is the despair of the pond keeper’s life and can make the simple joys of pond and fish keeping seem like chores. Additionally to other non-life-threatening obstacles, algae ambiguous colorful fish and consume valuable oxygen. Fortunately, with some quick steps, you can stop the algae and begin seeing the beautiful, open tranquility of your water garden.
One of the most important things that you can do when starting out a new pond is to get the right equipment. The you choose should move a minimum of half of the pond’s total amount for a water garden. Here the “water garden” is supposed to be a pond with many plants fish. A koi pond typically has some plants and large fish calling for more filtration than a simple water garden. This sort of pond should move at least the full water volume of the pond every hour.
In addition to moving the water you also need to filter the water. The pump must move water through a filter fit for the pump and pond. Biological filtration takes quite a few weeks or even months to age until it shows real progress on your water quality. The pump with filter has to run every day, day and night.
Although all pond plants pull excess nutrients from the water, underwater (submerged) plants can provide an added benefit. Underwater plants like Anacharis and Cabomba enrich water quality and purity by filtering unwanted nutrients and also deliver important oxygen to fish and helpful aerobic bacteria. Underwater plants are called oxygenators because of their helpful production of oxygen. The added oxygen these plants create through photosynthesis is important during summer when dissolved oxygen content is often drastically low. Also, they are simple to grow and demand very little attention.
Fish, obviously, need to eat, but it’s better not overfeed them. Food that’s been left over can sink to the pond floor and increase nutrients in the water as the food breaks down. Preferably you would only have to feed your fish once a day, and not more than they can eat in about ten minute period. If you do see food going to waste, withdraw slightly on the food amount.
By using some of the simple steps mentioned above, many pond owners have improved their ponds of algae.
We hope the information here will help you keep a great looking pond all year long!