December 31, 2004

Last Pond Q&A of 2004

Here is today's Pond Q&A, with a question about that dreaded
'string algae':


Hello from Denver,

My neighbor and I have a major string algae problem. We both
have koi and live plants in our pond. The string algae is making
our ponds more of a nuisance than an enjoyment.

Can we use UV equipment in our ponds? We also have a lot of
sludge on the bottom of
our ponds. Please help us.

Carole A. De Herrera

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Hi Carole,

Yes, string algae can definately be a nuisance - and can be tough
to get rid of. First lets look at some of the common causes of
String Algae..

String algae is usually caused by or at least accelerated by
excess nutrients in the pond. The most common cause for this is
over feeding, or inadequate filtration. A little bit of string
algae in a pond is normal, and can be seen growing on the sides
of a well established pond, but when it gets to be over 3/4 of an
inch or so - it can easily get out of hand.

Once it begins growing faster than the ponds natural ecosystem
can break it down, it can quickly take over the pond and become
increasingly difficult to get back under control.

My best recommendation is to first do a thorough pond cleaning
(if possible) and physically remove as much of the string algae
as possible, as well as any decaying organic waste (leaves,
sludge, etc.) from the bottom of the pond, which will also
contribute to the string algae. (See our article on pond

Once you have a clean pond to start fresh, it's much easier to
keep it under control. At this point, I would cut back on your
feeding and start using some of our biological additives like the
Microbe Lift line of products. These will add naturally occuring
beneficial bacteria and microbes into your pond, which will help
keep the excess nutrients under control and help to prevent
string algae from coming back. For more information, I would
also recommend reading our previous article 'String Algae Blues'
on our website here:

As far as the UV - while these are great for clearing green
water, or 'pea soup' algae, they are not effective in controlling
string algae..

Hope this helps,

Brett Fogle
MacArthur Water Gardens


MacArthur Water Gardens
PO Box 3628
Alpharetta, GA 30023-3628

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December 23, 2004

Pond Q&A - Important Electrical Information

Hi [[firstname]],

Here is today's Pond Q&A, with a question about extension cords
and outdoor electrical grounding:


I received subject deicer with instructions not to use an
extension cord. Unfortunately, the cord attached is too short to
reach existing pond outlets. How much risk is there in using a
grounded extension cord?

Also, my pond contains submersible pumps. I would hope that the
problem of grounding has been solved by the previous owner. Am I
correct or does subject unit require extra-special safety

Donald Sterling


Hi Donald,

It's not recommended to use an extension cord, but I've used them
for years without any problems. Of course, if you happen to be
the exception and electrocute yourself, please don't come after
me. Agreed?

Ok, then you're probably ok. I would just use some electrical
tape over the plug / cord connection to keep out any moisture.

For your second question, you definately want to make sure that
you have a grounded outlet, and even better - a GFCI outlet.

A GFCI is a 'Ground Fault Circuit Interupt' and will basically
blow a breaker if there is any danger of water-related
electrocution. So a GFCI is designed to save you if you happen
to be standing in your pond, while blow-drying your hair.

Not that you would ever do that, but just in case you did and
happened to drop your blow dryer into the pond with you - you
would theoretically be saved when the GFCI breaker popped off the
ecectricity! Pretty cool heh?

If you don't currently have a GFCI outlet or are unsure if you
have one or not - here is a great solution that I use on my pond
(and I love it)

This amazing unit has one GFCI plug on a 50' cord that you can
plug into any outlet outside your house, and it gives you FOUR
outlets - all GFCI protected, with TWO built in digital timers to
control up to two devices AND hook up and power your landscape
lighting. I suggest you check it out.

That's all for now,

Happy Holidays

Brett Fogle
MacArthur WAter GArdens


MacArthur Water Gardens
PO Box 3628
Alpharetta, GA 30023-3628

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December 16, 2004

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December 07, 2004

Snow in Florida? Pet Dragonflies?

Snow in Florida? Pet Dragonflies?


- Ever heard of a 'friendly' Dragonfly?

- Snow in Florida? Not likely, but ...

Yesterday I had a unique experience with a strikingly beautiful
creature that I rescued from inside of a window inside my house.

Click here to see some great pictures of this amazing insect, and
how he stuck around to pose for the camera for close to 30


In other news, it's recently been reported that it's *SNOWING* at
MacArthur Water Gardens.

Now we all know that it would be like hell freezing over for us
to witness a snowflake made from mother nature down here in South
Florida, so it must be on our website!

Click here to check out our new 'Winterland' effect on our
website: (Let us know what you

That's about as much snow as I can handle.. The only salt I think
I'll be distributing this winter season will be in my POND, but
I'll be sure and think about all of our cold-weather readers
also. Every time I go outside in short that is ;=))

Hey, remember we had to deal with 4 hurricanes this summer, so
I'm allowed to poke a little fun. Then again, I'll take a
hurricane over a snowstorm anyday..

Happy Pondkeeping!

Brett Fogle
MacArthur Water Gardens

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