Today's Pond Q&A - from Washington DC!
Here is todays's Pond Q&A, all the way from the nations
That's right, we're on the road this week - visting the city we
started our pond business. I've personally drained, cleaned,
scrubbed, and 'de-mucked' hundreds of ponds over the years.
Can't say I miss it, but it does bring back some memories. Like
the time we cleaned out the 50,000 gallon pond at the Embassy of
Japan, and moved their 200+ large KOI into a temporary holding
tank for a week (with NO casualities).
Maybe we'll post some pictures of that soon, but for now - on to
Who knew the Pleco would be so popular?
I read your letter regarding the hair algae with your solution as
the Plecaustomus sucker fish which keeps your pond algae free all
I am curious as to whether this type of fish is compatible with
koi? I have
a 2800 gal pond, with which my biggest problem is the hair algae
pulled into the skimmer part of my pump, causing the water flow
to slow down
tremendously. I usually catch this and clean the skimmer,and all
is well for
a couple of days. I do a backwash on my filter about every other
day, and I
also have the aqualight set up to help with my algae problem. The
clear, and my fish are fine, but I am thinking there must be a
way to keep
the hair algae from causing this much of a problem. Do you have
suggestions for a pond of this size?
Bobby & Rosa
Hi Bobby & Rosa,
Yes, if you live in a climate that doesn't see freezing weather -
then the Plece will usually survive year round, and is an
excellent solution to your hair algae problems.
However, these fish do not like to start with algae that is
already established, or growing longer than 1/2", so I would
recommend brushing or scraping as much of the algae out as
possible, and removing it before adding the Plecos.
That being said - Yes, they do fine with most KOI, although I
have heard some stories of them 'sucking' on to the sides of
larger KOI, which can potentially damage the slime coat of the
KOI, and cause problems. I never said these were smart fish...
so might want to keep an eye on them, but I've never had
problems, and I've got six large plecos in my pond...
We also recommend Algae Fix for controlling string algae. You
can learn more about 'Algae Fix' here:
Or just search for 'algae fix' on our website.
Hope this helps!