THE POND ALGAE TRILOGY Pt. 1

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: June 25th, 2012 | 2 Comments on THE POND ALGAE TRILOGY Pt. 1 | In: NATURAL PONDS, POND MAINTENANCE, WATER GARDENS

It grows almost everywhere on the planet. It provides food and shelter. It can live in peaceful symbiosis or quickly kill its host. It can reproduce at stunningly fast rates turning the surrounding environment red, blue, brown, and green. It can glow at night. It can float freely and sporadically or attach itself to a surface; overwhelming every square inch of it. It can stand taller than a building or be microscopic in stature. It can appear as a primitive animal type or as a plant. It has numerous genus and species that have been around 400 million years. It is in our oceans and our freshwater systems. It is in our drinking water, swimming pools, and our backyard ponds and water gardens. All pond owners have to deal with it at some time or another, in some way or another. “It”, is algae.new jersey green water

There are hundreds of types of pond algae that can occur in koi ponds and water gardens. Even though many pond algae types can actually be beneficial to have, not ONE of them is ever a very welcomed sight. So when the perennial question is asked, ‘How do I get rid of pond algae?” The quickest answer may not be the right answer. The pond pro trying to help you answer this question may have a few questions to ask of you, before accurately dispensing advice. So, a pond owner needs to know some basic info on algae if they want the quickest resolution to the problem.

A pond owner should be able to give at least a very basic description of the type of pond algae they are trying to deal with. The different types of pond algae can typically be described in 3 categories as: “green water”, “string/hair algae”, or “floating algae”. These key basic descriptions can help formulate a realistic plan to control algae issues in your koi pond, natural pond, farm pond, or water garden when consulting your local pond professional. Note the term ‘control’, not eliminate; a little algae is good, natural, normal, and inevitable. The 3 types of pond algae can occur on their own or in any combination of the 3 types.

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Let’s go deeper…in Part 2 of THE ALGAE TRILOGY.

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The LOVEYOURPOND Blog is written by Mike Gannon of Full Service Aquatics located in Summit, NJ. Mike is an award winning pond, water garden, and water feature builder. Always “In The Pursuit Of All Things Aquatic” Mike has been a lifelong hobbyist and providing professional services since 1995. Mike is the creator of The Pond Hunter video series seen on Youtube and has made several television appearances on Networks such as HGTV and the DIY Network. He also hosts the Pond Hunter Radio Broadcast, a show on everything aquatic, every other Wednesday at 8pm EST. You can see what else Mike is up to at the following sites:


    2 Comments on THE POND ALGAE TRILOGY Pt. 1

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  1. Gloria Stitt Says:

    on June 27, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Love this information. Learned some things I didn’t know. Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Mgannon Says:

    on June 27, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Thanks Gloria! Stay tuned for Parts 2 and 3.

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