If you have a koi pond, you know that algae can be a huge problem. Not only is it unsightly, but it can also be harmful to your fish. Water rich in algae is deficient in oxygen, which your fish need to live. So, if you're tired of battling the algae year after year, then The Southern Landscape Group is here with three practical ways to treat the algae living in your koi pond.
1. Troubleshoot the Mechanics
Algae growth is one of the first signs something has gone awry in your pond. Be sure to troubleshoot any issues with the filter or any possible entryways of runoff. Furthermore, algae thrive in stagnant, oxygen-poor water, so by keeping your water moving, you can help to control its growth. You can also reduce algae growth by shading your pond. Algae need sunlight to grow, so by blocking out some of the sunlight, you can help prevent its spread.
2. Utilize Living Water Filters
Another popular solution to algae growth is the use of living water filters. Water plants that submerge take up and eat the nutrients algae need to grow and survive while replenishing the oxygen in the water. Plants that float offer sunshade for the water and your fish. So, by treating algae with living filters, you provide your fish with clear, oxygen-rich waters and help them thrive in a more enjoyable environment.
3. Add More Rocks and Gravel
Adding more rocks and gravel to the bottom of your pond might seem counterintuitive, but it can help combat algae. Rocks and gravel are home to certain bacteria that help fight off algae, which means they can help keep your water clear. Furthermore, adding these elements to your koi pond makes this hardscape feature seem more realistic and natural.
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