scoop the leaves out. Get cover going on the top, parrots feather, hyacinths, etc. all those plants will use up the food the algae is feeding on. And you need the cover to keep the sun off of the water, that's what helps the algae to bloom. you can get Algaefix, check a thread or two below for a great source. Your 'sludge' on the bottom should be no more than 1" thick.
I don't and haven't completely drained. Once I did do a 3/4 change but I was having horrible problems with the water (too many chemicals) and it's been fine ever since. I have considered "sucking" up the stuff on the bottom but DH says wait...so I'll wait. Can you get to the bottom and suck up the yuckies? Or maybe just scoop out with a net? That's what I've been doing all along.
Mings, Even if you drain your pond and start over, If you don't have some kind of plant cover for the top of the water ( To block most of the sun) Chances are you will get algae all over again.
I myself, would go by what Tig posted.
AAHHH I looked around the room and no one else was here. so I guess you are talking to me and I must honestly say...NO!... EW!!!!! I am a bad mother! Heavy feeders huh?? I will go find something to feed them this weekend.
LOL! .. "Pond Tab's" Are ferilizer tabs that you stick down in the soil of the pot that 'per say' your water lillys are in. They can be bought at home depot or watergarden supply stores ect. ( They are a bit exspensive )
When I got m plants...2 August's agoI fed them then...with these green things...and to be quite honest...I totally forgot all about it till 5:24 when I was asked about feeding. I am really embarrassed to say. I best start paying closer attention here. Pleas don;t tell anyone
right!! you'll see a huge difference in your lilies. how big is your pond? you probably need more plants, although 2 lilies will put out a lot of leaf cover by midsummer. depends on your pond size though.
You will be so proud of me! We went to Mellingars this morning and I got some Pond tabs! ( I never realized that place was so close)..!! Fun fun.
Let me know how much for postage! that would be great! Thanks!!!! :)
I DID IT! I GOT IT DRAINED. ALL THE SLUDGY LEAVES OUT AND REFILLED AND THE WATERFALLS UP AND RUNNING. ONLY TOOK ME 4 HOURS AND I FERTILIZED. WOW! I AM WORN OUT!
IRIS! you were correct! Pond tabs DO co$t big $$$. I got them today when we were at http://www.mellingers.com they were supposed to be $5.50 and they charged me 9.50 and I didn;t realize it till I got home. 45 minutes away. bummer. :( And thats putting it mildly. I think I will email them and see what they say.
Mings, If you saw the price as $5.50, I would definately E-Mail them or call them and let them know of the mistake ( $4 is $4 !!! ) It's too bad it's a 45 minute drive for you.
Here's a site for you to check out when you have time: http://www.paradisewatergardens.com
Pond tabs are expensive - I got the sticker shock last year. Someone recommended finding the Jobe's (or another brand) fertilizer stakes with a similar NPK ratio and breaking them into pieces *about* the same size as the pond tabs, and using them instead. I'm going to try it this year and see if it works.
you have to keep the fertilizer out of the water or you just feed the algae and it gets nice and green :)
Jobes is a good idea, if you still have the package yours came in you can just get something similar. oh, and here's good news, you are supposed to feed them every month!!!!!!!!!!!!