The Pond Scourge Called Algae

Despite the fact that it is a natural process, the growth of algae in the ornamental pond is something most pond keepers consider unacceptable. The majority of the algae fall into one of two types, free floating planktonic algae and filamentous algae. The only things either of these require to grow is sunlight, water and nutrition in the form of the fish wastes, nitrate, and phosphate. We can try to control the algae by providing competition in the form of ornamental plants for the available food source.

Barley Straw as Algae Control in the Pond

With the rise in popularity of ponds and water gardens came the demand for simple methods of pond algae control to prevent scum algae and stringy algae from taking over the pond. There are several chemical methods of control, but one of the more popular methods of control involves using Barley straw as a natural preventative. Long used in Europe, the Barley bales have become much more prevalent in the pond keeping hobby.

Pond Algae Solutions: the Use of Barley Straw

Unsightly algae is perhaps the biggest problem faced by pond keepers. While we have an arsenal of herbicides and ultraviolet clarifiers, sometimes we need to take a different approach. Herbicides prevent the growth of other desirable plants, like lilies and other bog plants. Ultraviolet clarifiers can require extensive setup requirements.

Protecting Your Pond Fish from Predators

If you have a pond, chances are it has happened to you. You wake up one morning, head out to feed the fish, and notice that a fish is missing. Or, if you are very unlucky, all the fish are missing! You look all around the edges, but they haven’t jumped out, nor are they hiding under the plants.