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crestedchik

crestedchik
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

April 25, 2002
10:08 PM

Post #27835

OK ,it seems most people swear that the barley straw will take care of the problem.My question's are ;How much of it do I need? (2 ponds,linked by waterfalls and streams,around 4500 gallons total)What happens to the dead string algae? Are the pellets better?Liquid? Where is the best place to put the stuff?
annabelle15
Niles, MI
(Zone 5a)

April 25, 2002
11:36 PM

Post #249538

Chic.
In the spring I srart with AlgaeFix, just one dose and at the same time I put in my Barley straw. It will take about a month for the straw to activate. But the AlgaeFix will take care of the algae to start with.
I got my straw from Naturalsolutions.com, With the size of your pond you'll need 4-8 oz. bundles, place them where water and air can get to them. I tuck mine under the waterfalls so the water can run through it.And the frogs seem to like sitting on it. Change it every 3-4 months depending on decomposition. We have used it for 3 years and had wonderful results.
Natural solutions has the BEST prices. Locally 8 oz and $15.99, from nat sol only $4.95.
Happy Pondering
Annabelle15
Calalily
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

April 26, 2002
1:17 AM

Post #249592

Once the top is covered by lily leaves(or duckweed as I do) the algae will die.

crestedchik

crestedchik
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

April 27, 2002
2:38 AM

Post #250352

Last year the algae never died.it covered everything!
Calalily
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

April 28, 2002
3:39 AM

Post #251028

CC, that's terrible. I hope you find something that works. It's the phosphorus that makes the algae grow and how the barley straw works. It removes the phosphorus from the water.

crestedchik

crestedchik
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

April 28, 2002
10:33 PM

Post #251441

I think I'd be happier if it was that pea soup stuff,the I couldn't see the stuff,but with the water crytal clear,all you can see are cobwebs of string algae.Covers all the lilies...

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