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    Ultimate Blanket Weed and String Algae Solution


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    This is the bacteria-based product I mentioned in another thread. I know a higher-end koikeeper who has used it for a couple of years and has not had the string algae get out of control. I decline to say there is cause/effect.

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    Ain't it grand.

    Shamans, witch doctors, Wild West Medicine Men and pond elixer sales people have for centuries been tapping into man's seemingly eternal desire to buy a bottle of feel good/do good juice to deal with effects -- rather than having to deal with root causes.

    Sorry, think I'll have to take a pass on this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KoiCop View Post
    -- rather than having to deal with root causes.
    the question is what's the root cause of string algae? is it known with certainty?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mississauga Ponder View Post
    the question is what's the root cause of string algae? is it known with certainty?
    With apologies to Kevin Costner, 'If you feed it, it will come.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by KoiCop View Post
    'If you feed it, it will come.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mississauga Ponder View Post
    If the conditions aren't right for it, string algae won't be a dominant force in your pond.

    So if you don't keep it in the style to which it's become accustomed, it won't stick around.

    Less fish, less food, less sun and better filtration are all options. Don't keep plants in your pond; and if you do, don't feed them. Removing waste from the water column ASAP via bottom drains, sump dumps and sieves helps. TTs and Bakis off gas a percentage of ammonia/nitrogenous wastes that would otherwise create nitrates. FF and water changes help get rid of the DOCs. Etc., etc., etc.

    And finally, keeping a balanced mature pond with a healthy coating of carpet algae will help keep string algae from coming back.

    Best wishes,
    Don Chandler
    Member: AKCA, ZNA, KoiUSA

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