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     Today's Pond Q&A

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In this issue:
Pond Q&A - Jan 6, 2005

- Barley stray & String Algae
- Feeding during temperature fluctuations
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Question> Brett,

I like in Florida (New Port Richey) and every Spring, I have a string algae problem in my pond. I have used "barley straw" only one small bale and it works great totally clearing up the problem. This is a natural non-chemical way to clear up the problem.

Thanks for all you do!

Leslie

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Answer

Hi Leslie,

I really do like the Algae Fix product (works great and safe for fish), but if you want to try and get rid of that nasty string algae, barley bales will sometimes do the trick, but not always...

Barley for algae control was discovered in over in England hundreds of years ago. People noticed that small lakes that happened to have barley bales thrown in had much less algae in them and were much more clear.

The theory is that as the barley decays, it gives off a slow, constant supply of hydrogen peroxide (or similar) that oxidizes the algae and kills it before it grows.

That being said, the downside of barley is that it takes 2-4 weeks to start decomposing, so it does not work immediately. It's best to add in early Spring.

But thanks for the tip, many people do like and use barley bales for algae control in their pond.

For more information, click below:

Barley Bales:
http://www.macarthurwatergardens.com/Specials/specials.htm

Algae Fix:
http://www.macarthurwatergardens.com/Additives/pondcare_algae_fix.html

Question #2>

My water got to the stop feeding point, we had snow two weeks ago then the temp went up to upper 60's water temp is up and down, do i need to start feeding the koi again?

f sutton

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Answer

No, I wouldn't feed the koi again unless you get over a week of warmer weather (over 60 degrees), and even then - only a small amount of wheat germ food. Fish have certain beneficial bacteria in their intestinal tract that aids in digesting food, but at colder temperatures these die off.

So just because the water temps rise for a short period, doesn't mean the fish can start digesting food immediately. So, be careful with that.

Believe me, the fish have plenty of stored up fat from the summer to survive a week without food.

Hope this helps,

Brett Fogle

 
 
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