What can be put in the duck pond water that won't hurt the ducks and fish but effectively clean the algae? Here are a few good tips.
Plastic containers seem to build up with unsightly algae and muck rather quickly, within the week.
So let's look at some solutions for these types of ponds which are common in most smaller backyards. All of these ideas can be adapted to suit your pond size.
Filtration & Cleaning Options
Dependent on an energy supply. Ensure that the pump is the right size for the size of pond, to work effectively.
While it cleans the pond of any debris, it also circulates the water that provides further oxygenation.
Solar powered pumps may be more manageable for distance.
2. Barley Straw (in a net)
One application lasts for up to 6 months, however it takes around 3-8 weeks to fully activate.
The bale will need to be full immersed and left at the bottom of the pond.
Fish, plant and animal friendly
3. Aquatic Plants
Opt for the floating types of aquatic plants as they develop an extensive root system that will filter nutrients directly from the water and are used as part of an algae-control regimen.
Potted water plants are also useful to help control the pH level of the water which can also decrease or eliminate algae.
Splosht works by naturally using good bacteria which eats up bad algae and sludge. It comes in dissolvable sachets. Drop a sachet in to the pond every couple of weeks to keep the water clean. Safe and natural fish pond and water feature cleaner. Lasts for up to 3 months.
(Available at all Mitre 10 stores)
5. Use a shade sail
By using more shade, it will decrease some algae and keep out leaf matter that may contribute to the dirtiness.
If you have any more tips on how to keep your duck pond clean naturally and safely, please leave us a comment.