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What Are Algae, and What Can I Do About It?

  • March 1, 2023

Ponds often have algae in them. Everyone who owns a pond will likely come across it at some point. Algae can develop on the surface or even at the pond’s bottom. Algae is a natural and necessary part of the environment of a pond, even though it can be a nuisance. However, algae growth can become problematic if it is excessive. What algae is and how to get rid of it will be discussed in this article.

Algae is a type of aquatic plant that does well in water and the summer sun. A collection of weeds and other single-celled formations may be included. Furthermore, unlike conventional plants, it does not have roots or stems. Algae can also flourish in a pond with low oxygen levels. To keep the water moving, an aeration system is essential. You can avoid algae growth in your pond by doing this.

Different Kinds of Algae Your pond’s algae can be identified by its appearance. In ponds, there are three kinds of algae that are common.

  • Algae: Planktonic Algae that live in plankton are the first. This kind of algae typically grows in the water column and can alter the appearance of the water. For example, it can change the color of your water to brown, bluish-green, or green. Fish in your pond will be unable to survive if they are left alone and allowed to thicken because oxygen levels quickly drop.


  • Algae with filaments: Pond scum or pond muck are common names for this kind of algae. The algae on the surface of the pond form a mat-like or thick covering. It floats on top of the water, turning parts of the pond wholly green or completely covering the pond if it is not treated.
  • Chara: The most closely resembled plant is the Chara algae. It can have anywhere from six to sixteen leaf-like branchlets and thorn-like growths. There are no flowers, leaves, or roots on the stem, so the branchlets spiral around it. It may resemble pond-submerged plants with a glance.

How to Get Rid of Algae Depending on whether you have algae or want to avoid it, how you treat it is different. Installing an aeration system in your pond is the first step in preventing it. Algae blooms won’t form because the oxygen will keep the water moving. Algaecides are excellent if you already have a lot of algae in your area. Lastly, Pond Dyes are also excellent at shading the pond’s surface. The protective coating will stop the sun’s rays from fueling algae growth by doing this. Pond Dye is available from Outdoor Water Solutions in a variety of colors to complement the appearance of your pond.

At Outdoor Water Solutions, we offer a variety of pond aerators & solar pond aerators providing you with the options needed to pick the perfect pond aerator for your pond. We always enjoy working with clients on ways to improve the quality of their ponds’ health & solutions for pond maintenance so, if you have any questions or would like more information on our solar pond aerators, contact us at 866.471.1614 today!

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