Keep Your Pond Clean And Clear In Maryland, DC, And Northern Virginia
What Is Pond Algae?
Algae is a plant that can be microscopic in size or as big as seaweed. It’s usually green, brown, or red in color. Algae easily adapt to its environment, meaning it can exist in any sort of water, even waste municipal water. Algae is an autotroph and grow through photosynthesis, meaning that it turns sunlight and CO2 into food to make more algae!
What’s this mean for your pond though?
Pond Algae: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly
Algae has a purpose in your pond. It helps the pond ecosystem by:
- Removing some nitrates and phosphates
- Aerating the pond
- Feeding fish via phytoplankton, a naturally occurring micro-algae
Algae’s good because it helps to filter your pond. Just don’t allow too much growth or you could be looking at an algae pit instead of a pond. This prevents you from enjoying your aquatic plants and your fish. If you can’t see your fish, how’re you supposed to know if they’re healthy or sick?
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How to Deal with Pond Algae
Premier Ponds likes to go about pond algae in three different ways:
- Install an IonGen G2 System. This filters the water, lowering the amount of nutrients algae feed on.
- String Algae Buster. It removes ammonia, nitrates, and phosphates while making rock surfaces hard for pond algae to attach to.
- Install a UV light for your pond! Sometimes we get asked, “are UV-lights even worth it in ponds…?”
Use them separately or together, either way, the algae’s reduced and you’re happier. Premier Ponds prefers the IonGen system because it does more than filter your pond. If you have any further questions…
Premier Ponds can help.