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blanket weed problems #1
Hi guys

thanks for the help on my last post

this time i am having really bad problems with blanket weed
and was wondering if the electrical treatment is better than the chemical treatment.
many thanks in-advance
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Re: blanket weed problems #2
Hello Chim.

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.............wondering if the electrical treatment is better than the chemical treatment.


If you try both you could then carry out an experiment and then let us know your opinion.

The reason I say that is because you can ask as many people as you like and some will say one and some will say the other, and then you get into the debate of which brand of each type, it goes on and on.

They all ignore one basic question.

That question is why does a pond get string algae?
The answer is too many neutriants.

This can be caused by too many fish, too much fish food, neutriants falling into the pond in the form of organic matter, the list goes on. It is true that sunlight does not help.

The solution is simple. A stick. You poke it in the blanket weed twirl it round as bit and pull it out.

You can of course try and eliminate any of the other factors, to that I wish you luck.

If you want to waste try your money on electronic gadgets that don't may work or add the remains of boiled straw that's your choice. Me? I suggest a stick, g'teed to work every time.
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Re: blanket weed problems #3
My painter/decorater has quite a big pond. We were talking about this problem a few months back when he was here and traditionally, he has just used the stick technique.

2010, I'd be interested in your thoughts on a treatment he has used (natural) which he seems to think help, big time. I thought he'd called it Green Light at the time, but a google search tonight makes me think it's maybe Green Lightning

A form of bacteria, the site says, that breaks down the annoying algae and deals with the spores that traditional stick 'twirling' releases back into the pond. Non chemical.

http://www.blanketweed.info/green-lightning-products.htm

Is this any good do you think? Would it help or is it just clever marketing, another fishkeeping urban myth? I'd like to give him some feedback if you have any experience
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Re: blanket weed problems #4
I feel honoured that you have asked me.

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.........2010, I'd be interested in your thoughts on a treatment he has used (natural) which he seems to think help, big time. I thought he'd called it Green Light at the time, but a google search tonight makes me think it's maybe Green Lightning


Never heard of it. It does seem to be expensive though, and as I mentioned to chim, some will say it works some will say it doesn't. (The same with any "pond cure")

Its all to do with the actual pond and its "make up" and since no two ponds are the same you can't really g'tee something will work 100% of the time unless it will kill everything, which a stick doesn't.
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Re: blanket weed problems #5
If the stick method is used can we remind people to leave the string algae on the edge of the pond to allow wildlife caught up in the weed to return home.
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Re: blanket weed problems #6
Thank you 2010

Once again, back to natural balance again, just as with glass aquaria it seems. I'll feed that back to him though. Bump in to his wife where I work frequently He's had positive results so far it seems
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Re: blanket weed problems #7
Hi guys
Thanks for the advise i have made some adjustments to the pond .
first was to cut down my feeding slightly just in case.
second i have used the least expensive and used some chemicals .
the treatment i have been using is evolution AQUA
AS PER INSTRUCTION AND TO BE HONEST I HAVE NOT NOTICED ANY DIFFERENCE AS YET .
But its early days for the moment i have been using the therapeutic method and twiddle and twist its going to be along job .
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Re: blanket weed problems #8
When I had a koi pond I used a product called Cloverleaf Blanket Answer, it was a powdered product that you mixed in a watering can and then poured over the surface of the pond. It actually looks like powdered clay. I must admit it did really work well and cleared all algae not just the hair algae. It is only needed once a year at the beginging of spring when the algae first appears and then the filter system when running at max would keep it clear.

Cloverleaf here

Just to add, it does make the pond go cloudy for a week or so but it does clear, and the water left is crystal.
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Re: blanket weed problems #9
Thanks for your reply
OldMrGrumpy
its very similar to the product i have just used
could be worth a try in the future
regards Tim