String Algae Pond Q&A
I live in Florida (New Port Richey) and every Spring, I have a
string algae problem in my pond. I have used "barley straw" in the past.
One small bale and it worked great totally clearing up the
problem. This is a natural non-chemical way to clear up the
problem. Is there anything that works faster?
Thanks for all you do!
We 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
Barley for algae control was discovered 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, than those that didn't.
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.
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Hope this helps,