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PmRg43 PmRg43
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algae eaters #1
Hey people this is my frist post nice forum

Well i was wondering... my pond "sides" and plants have algae on them... so i'm thinking, in getting algae eaters (fishs)... or something... what do you think about it or advice me to buy !?.. something that eats algae and is the most efficient!

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Pedro
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Re: algae eaters #2
if you live in the UK or anywhere with a cold winter climate then theres no real algae eaters for ponds

there are various treatments for blanket weed that would be effective not too sure on what would be avaliable to you though, where are you from?
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Re: algae eaters #3
blanket weeds quite a big problem on a lot of fisheries during the summer, i remember some fisheries turned their water blue with some treatment stuff that got rid of blanket weed
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Re: algae eaters #4
Unfortuntly by dying the water blue the fisheries will not get any algae meaning no plankton/zooplankton meaning no daphina meaning a huge cut down of daphina and natural food. For ponds its alright but for fisheries its almost stupid.
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Re: algae eaters #5
i treated my fish for ick and the water was blue, the algae stopped growing for the last 2 months

so that was a bonus
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Re: algae eaters #6
If it's blanket weed then I use the good old 'fish it out with a stick' method. It works for me! Adding some extra plants (especially floating ones) might help too.
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Re: algae eaters #7
Hi,

thanks for all the replys.
but lucky me i live in a hot place, Madeira Island, that belongs to Portugal dont' know if you know where this is. but this year the lowest temp, that i saw in my house thermometer was 12ºC, so i guess it's mutch more warmer than UK.
maybe i can have some algae eater species in my lake !?

My location on map :) attached

Regards.
Pedro :)

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Re: algae eaters #8
Wow, you sure are lucky!! I hear it's beautiful there. How big is your lake roughly? And does the algae look long and stringy?
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Re: algae eaters #9
hey my pond is about, 4m x 2.5m, im doing some remodelations on it cause i have for 7 years now and water is very clear, but still some algae on the "walls" the algae are... well not long.

now i got to change my pond cause i had a rigid pond, but i don't know how did it broke a little. and the water is going out and it dosen't look nice in the garden a pond with water 10cm below the usual...

so i ordered the pond liner and the overlay, cause i'm building a new pond. now with pond liner.
so i'm investigating some algae eaters to put in the new pond, they will have plenty of algae in the plants to eat in the begining :p

thanks
Pedro
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Re: algae eaters #10
Taken from the link below:

Algae eaters in the aquarium are fine, but in the pond they seem to disappear and really do not do much to limit the algae growth. Keep in mind your climate and requirements for keeping fish in cold weather.

http://www.skippysstuff.com/pondlife.htm