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Hi Friend,

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

Question>

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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Answer>

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 cleaning: https://www.macarthurwatergardens.com/Newsletters/Articles/How-to-clean-your-pond.shtml

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: http://www.macarthurwatergardens.com/Newsletters/Articles/StringAlgaeBlues_April2004.shtml

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

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