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Controlling Pea-Green Algae – Water Garden Q & A

Q: I have a pea-green algae problem. What is the quickest, safest way to overcome this problem? -Ruth of Starkville, MS

A: When dealing with planktonic algae or “pea-green algae”, it cannot be simply eliminated using a product like AlgaeFix®. AlgaeFix works great on string algae or other patches of free-floating algae, but with planktonic algae, there is so much that you run the risk of depleting oxygen levels to a point that is unsafe for fish. One of the best ways to get rid of this type of algae is through the use of a UV Filter. As the planktonic algae passes throught the ultraviolet light, it will die. UV lights work so well that within just a few days your water will be crystal clear.

When & How to Start Your Aeration System – Pond & Lake Q & A

Q: When do I start my aeration system? In the Spring? Do we start it slowly?
-Jerome of Brashear, TX

A: Ideally, your aeration system should run all year long. By running it all year long, this will prevent possible winter fish kills. But if you shut your aeration system down in the winter for recreational purposes, you will want to start it back up when the ice starts melting off your pond. I would highly suggest starting the aeration system slowly, similar to when you first installed the system. Follow the instructions below:

• Turn system on and operate for 30 minutes
• Turn system off for the rest of the day
• Restart the system the next day and operate for 1 hour
• Turn system off for the rest of the day
• Each day, double the operating time from the previous day until system is running non-stop. This should take 7 days.

Re-introducing the aeration system slowly will allow the water to mix and not shock the fish.

When to Start Feeding Fish Again – Water Garden Q & A

Q: When do I start feeding my fish again? -Louis of Buffalo, NY

A: Thank you for your inquiry Louis. We recommend using the Spring and Fall Fish Food until the water temperature stays above 55 degrees. The Spring and Fall fish food is a wheat germ formula that s easier for the fish to digest when they are less active in cooler water temperatures. Once the temperature is over 55 degrees start using another blend of fish food such as our growth and color, organic, professional or ponstix.

Adding New Koi – Water Garden Q & A

Q: How do I introduce new koi to my pond? -Ceasar of Hampton, GA

A: When purchasing koi or goldfish they will come in a plastic bag filled with oxygen. Please note that if the pond is new or if the water has just been changed or added, be sure to remove any chlorine or heavy metals using a Water Conditioner. Follow these steps to ensure happy and healthy fish:

1. Place the plastic bag, containing the fish, into a shaded part of the pond. As the bag floats on the surface, the water temperature in the bag will slowly adjust to the water temperature of the pond. This may take anywhere from 20-30 minutes.

2. After waiting, further acclimate the fish by opening the bag and slowly adding pond water. By mixing the pond water with the water in the bag, the fish will be allowed to adjust to the pH of your pond.

3. Let the bag float for another few minutes and repeat step 2 a couple more times.

4. Once you’re done, slowly remove the bag and free your fish into its new home.

Keeping Your Pond Clear – Pond & Lake Q & A

Q: My pond is approximately 1.5 acres and shaped like a horeshoe with a pennisula in the middle. I have clay soil and my pond is always murky. It is 7 years old and I am frustrated that I have stocked the pond and do not catch many fish. I want a clear pond without killing my fish. -Scott of Carl Junction, MO

A: Great question! There are many facets to this questions and also please note that a pond will never be as clear as a pool. If your pond is murky, the first question I would ask you is, “Do you have catfish or koi in your farm pond?” If the answer is “yes”, then thats the issue. Catfish and koi are known as “bottom dwellers” and will stir up the bottom of a pond and no matter how hard you try to settle it out, the catfish and koi will just keep stiring it up. If you do not have catfish or koi, then we have to dig a little deeper for find the answer. What I would do next is a glass jar test. Take a clear glass jar and fill it up with your pond’s water. Wait 24 hours and either two things will happen. One, the cloudiness settles and the water becomes clear or two, the water is green and nothing settles. If the water is green, than we have to treat for algae. See Algae Control. If the cloudiness settles at the bottom and the water is clear, then the cloudiness is caused by suspended particulates instead of algae. If this is the case, a double dose of EcoBoost™ will flocculate the particulates and a regular maintenance of PondClear™ Packets will help maintain that clear water. Also, Nutri-Defense & Pond Clear are both Safe for people, pets, fish, livestock & Wildlife.

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