Algae is a common occurrence in ponds. Anyone who has a pond will likely encounter it sooner or later. Algae can form at the surface or even at the bottom of the pond. Even though algae can be an annoyance, it is a natural and essential component of a pond habitat. However, when you have too much algae growth, it can become a problem. This article will go over what algae is and ways to get rid of it.
In short, algae is an aquatic plant that thrives in the summer sun and water. It can include a collection of weeds and other types of single-celled formations. Moreover, it does not have stems or roots like other traditional plants. Algae can also thrive in a pond where there are minimal oxygen levels. This is why it is essential to have an aeration system to keep the waters moving. By doing this, you can avoid an algae buildup in your pond.
Types of Algae
You’ll be able to tell what types of algae you have in your pond by its appearance. There are three types of algae that commonly appear in ponds.
- Planktonic Algae: The first one is planktonic algae. This type of algae usually forms in the water column and can also change the water’s appearance. It can turn your water different shades, including green, bluish-green, or brown. If left alone and allowed to thicken, fish in your pond won’t be able to survive as oxygen is quickly depleted.
- Filamentous Algae: This type of algae is commonly referred to as pond scum or pond muck. The algae form a thick covering or mat-like shape on the pond’s surface. It floats atop the water, coating parts of the pond completely green and even covering the entire pond if it goes untreated.
- Chara: The Chara algae tends to resemble plants the most. It can have 6 to 16 leaf-like branchlets with thorn-like growths. The branchlets spiral around the stem without any flowers, leaves, or roots. With a quick look, it can resemble submerged plants in the pond.
How to Get Rid of Algae
How you treat algae depends on if have it or you want to prevent it. To prevent it, the first thing you have to implement is an aeration system in your pond. The infused oxygen will keep the water moving, preventing algae bloom from forming. If you have it, algaecides work great to treat large areas of algae. Finally, Pond Dyes are also excellent at shading the surface area of your pond. By doing this, the protective coating will block the sun’s rays, that fuels algae formation. Outdoor Water Solutions offers Pond Dye in a variety of colors to match the look of your pond.
At Outdoor Water Solutions, we offer a variety of 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 so, if you have any questions or would like more information on our pond aerators, contact us at 866.471.1614 today!