About Pond Algae
Algae will happen... especially during the first year of a new pond.
Algae thrives mostly in hot sunny conditions. It is that greenish-yellowish foamy, slimy substance that covers the water surface. Although it is annoying, algae is a good sign because it tells us the ecosystem below the water is adjusting and transforming into ideal conditions. However, the problem needs to be eliminated before it gets out of control!
To kill off algae growth,an affordable solution called Tetra Pond Algae Control can be added to the water. It only costs $12 a bottle and is found in the fish and koi section of your local pet store. It will not harm fish or plants. This is only a temporary fix until the right oxygenating plants can be added to the pond.
Allowed to free float, pennywort will produce a large thick root mass. There are 3 species of pennywort: Regular (Hydrocotyle Verticillata), Variegated (Crystal Confetti), and Giant Blooming Pennywort. For algae control, the regular pennywort is the pond plant of choice, because it is the easiest to grow. It is also eatable! Young pennywort leaves are said to have medicinal properties that aid with pain control.
Absolutely not! The picture below is a pond in its first year. It has only natural plant filtration and has never had a problem with algae! For the average size pond that is 100-200 gallons, and for small container barrel ponds, there is no need for a filtration system. Let the plants do it for you!
Everyone can have a natural pond
Setting up a balanced natural ecosystem and controlling algae is easy. All that is needed is sunshine and enough plants to cover about 1/3rd of the water surface.