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Dave Novice
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry i should explain i ment big from a visual point of view i have no where to put one at the present time.You are dead right about the water turning green without Uv lights it is something i am working on at the moment, but it was very important to get filter running asap to give it plenty of time to mature thats is why i came up with the homemade option.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi dave
well done on the pond and garden.i put water hawthorne in this year (you can see it on google images) and it flowered the whole summer.it spreads and is not unlike a water lilly if you want i can give you some if you are in dublin just pm me.also i was in bnq tallaght at the weekend and they have six pack of mixed sempervivums for €6 i think.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i thought the right plants would stop the water from turning green?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

medieval knievel wrote:
i thought the right plants would stop the water from turning green?


No.

A lot of people think that, but its not strictly true.

The water contains nutrients, small cells feed on these and multiply, they just so happen to be green, they are called algae.

The popular misconception is as you said "get the right plants the water will be clear" One question is, which plants are "the right plants" and how many of them?

It is true that some people have lots of plants in their pond, (and some have fish) and the water is clear. But they often only know this because they have dunked in a container (glass, mug, bucket) and pulled some water out and looked and say "oh look, its clear" They do this because most of the water surface is covered with plants, so you cant see most of it.

Preventing light does stop algae from growing, which is what plants on the surface do, they also remove some nutrients that the algae would otherwise consume.

Its called having a balanced pond. But I like to see the fish and frogs etc in a pond not a whole bunch of plants.

The "balanced pond" is more luck than judgement.

If a "balanced pond" was as easy as is made out, all ponds would be like it, there would be a "shopping list" of plants you must have, and the UV and biological filter would have never been invented.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

forest flame thanks very much for your offer i have sent a pm i must try and get out to b&q my nearest is Limerick which is only about 10 minutes away

again Thanks for heads up

I found the below link to an interesting read in relation to pond algae

http://www.pond.com/pond-algae

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I said the same thing, except I would have to disagree with the part that said
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and most beautiful, ways to combat algae is to add floating plants to the surface of the pond. Plants such as Duckweed


Its the last bit, Duckweed. Would you like a pond like the one below?



Yes the water does not turn green, because it is covered by a blanket of green. Most pond owners try top get rid of it, not introduce it.
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