What is Algae anyway?
Alga (yes, alga) is one of the most common problems faced while maintaining a pond, lake, or water feature. It forms a big and diverse group of eukaryotic organisms that love sunlight, warmth, and high-nutrient bodies of water like your pond. Like plants, algae uses photosynthesis to convert light into energy. It doesn't have a root system like traditional plants and often grows floating on the waters surface, across submerged surfaces, or in the water column. In abundance, algae will mat on the surface or spread throughout the water column shading your pond, preventing plant growth & reducing oxygen content. If left unchecked it can deplete your pond of oxygen killing fish and other organisms.
Algae does have its benefits though. When it comes to your pond or lake's ecosystem it can be a food source for small fish (like fry) and insects or even a home for micro-organisms. However, its drawbacks often outweigh its positive aspects. It is unsightly; covering or clouding up the water preventing a clear view throughout the pond (and don't get us started about the smell).
Learn more about fixing 'Pea Soup' pond water.
Discover how to treat different types of algae.
Learn about solutions for treating green algae.
Aquatic Plants for Algae Control
Aquatic plants play a massive role in algae reduction in ponds and lakes by filtering water and consuming the high nutrient content that the organisms also love to eat. We encourage pond owners to include a variety of submerged aquatic plants and marginal pond plants to naturally assist in mitigating algae problems.
Discover different types of pond plants for algae control.
Find hardy marginal pond plants great for filtration.
Find tropical marginal pond plants great for filtering water.
Preventative Water Treatments
Water treatments are a fast quick solution but also temporary unless used in conjuction with other algae reducing methods such as other treatments, water filtering, and pond plants. Water treatments should be used carefully and as directed.
Learn how to test your pond water.
Learn how to maintain a balanced pond ecosystem.
A guide on different water treatment types.
Barley extract and bales are used as natural inhibitors to algae growth in your pond and water feature. Using barley in conjuction with other treatments and solid pond maintenance practices will help keep harmful levels of algae at bay.
Discover the benefits of barley to treat algae problems.
Learn about different types of lake treatments.
Biological filter media is a necessity in any aquatic system that aims to reduce algae and/or clean water of debris and toxins. Filter media adds large amounts of surface area for beneficial bacteria to colonize while also catching larger particles preventing their return into your water.
Find out about different types of pond filtration.
Discover Bog Filters and their benefits.
Learn the differences in chemical and natural treatments.