Ultrasonic Algae Control Questions And Answers

In recent weeks we’ve talked a lot about the use of ultrasound for pond algae control.

It’s showing tremendous promise in a number of installations and more and more pond owners are asking about it.

In the video below, I’ve compiled some of the most frequent questions we get about the device and provided some answers to those questions. You’ll learn how ultrasound actually works to control various types of algae. What type of monthly operating costs are involved and if the technology is safe for fish, among other things.

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Duckweed Isn’t Algae And What To Do About It

It may come as a shock to some but pond algae isn’t the only plant that can take over a pond and make life miserable for the frustrated pond owner.

Of the free-floating plants that show up a lot in the summer, duckweed has to be near the top of the list. This particular growth is not an algae at all but a rooted plant that floats on the surface of a pond and often get’s blown from end to end as the wind dictates.

Many people attempt to treat duckweed with a typical algae control like a copper sulphate based algaecide and find out pretty quickly that the stuff won’t make a dent in the growth. What’s often needed is a form of aquatic herbicide. Even with these it’s best to treat really early in the growth cycle and not wait too long. It get’s harder to control as it goes along.

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Pond Fish And Pond Algae – Are The Two Related?

In an ongoing effort to help people with green water and pond algae problems, it would be a mistake to not include the influence of fish in the equation.

In smaller ponds fish probably have more of an impact, both positive and potentially negative than anything else. On the positive side, few things can bring life and vitality into a pond any more than fish. If they’re colorful, you’ll find a rainbow of cascading colors shimmering under the water. It’s a beautiful thing.

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Green Water And The Sun

Green water problems are just another form of algae that can plague many ponds. Our approach to dealing with green water is much like it is with any other form of pond algae. If you can limit the things that help it grow, that’s a great start.

In the video below we’ll address a couple of things that any pond owner can do to make it harder for green water or planktonic algae to prosper in your pond.

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Pond Plant Identification 101

Over the years we’ve talked to a lot of pond owners and one of the keys to passing on a good “diagnosis” and treatment is to figure out just what the pond owner is seeing in their pond. To put it simply, it’s of basic importance to identify what your problem is, so you can treat it appropriately.

In the video below we talk about some of the more common “problem” plants that you’ll find in most ponds. In many cases of the of the pond weeds are more commonly found in larger ponds, but the algae we talk about can show up in any size of pond.

Along with an explanation and photos of the plants, we also talk about how to deal with them effectively.

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The Truth About Algaecides

For quite some time now, those of us at Pond Algae Solutions have believed that there were often better alternatives to using chemical algaecides for treating pond algae problems.

From the looks of things, others are starting to embrace that philosophy too, such as the city of Naples Florida. In the fall of 2008, Naples banned the use of copper based algaecides for treating municipal ponds and waterways.

Other cities are sure to follow suit in time and for good reason. Algaecides simply are not the best way to treat an algae problem!

I’ve put together a video that explains “The Problem With Algaecides” and although it’s a bit long at 11 minutes or so, it’s well worth watching. Hopefully this will explain in simple terms why algaecides cause more problems than they solve, and in particular if you still choose to use an algaecide down the road, you’ll learn some important tips for keeping your fish safe and sound when you do.

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