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Re Algae #1
Hi all i am just wondering if anyone has used this before... barley straw extract clears fish pond algae..blanket weed..green water...Or has anyone used this..Cloverleaf Blanket Answer Regards Brian
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Re: Re Algae #2
You have already been there, asked that.

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.........what would be the best way to try to clear it


Turn it back on.

short of bunging in loads of chemicals that may or may not work, the only option is to switch it back on, or empty / refill the pond.


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..............Is there anything you can put in for different types of algae that are any good that may keep it at bay / regards brian


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snake oil


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snake oil Click the link



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cathie, spot on with the snake oil
Good quality costs. Bear this in mind before you start.

Sorry if my reply is NOT want you want to hear, but what I have said is true.

We can only go by what you type.

A "thank you" costs nothing, but goes a long way.
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Re: Re Algae #3
Sorry 2010 i actually thought that barley straw was actually straw that was put into the pond via a hessian sack sorry..I was not aware it was an additive and as to the Cloverleaf Blanket Answer i dont think i have posted that regards brian
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Re: Re Algae #4
maidenhead aquatics do sell bundles of barley straw to be lowered in hessian sacks or tights work just as well. hope this helps
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Re: Re Algae #6
Thank's Mellybob..How does it actually work if at all regards brian
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Re: Re Algae #7
i believe it breaks down the algae then it clumps it together some how and you can remove it with a net though i may be getting that confused with something else all i know is Monty don uses it in all his ponds and if its good enough for monty it'd be good enough for me
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Re: Re Algae #8
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Thank's Mellybob..How does it actually work if at all regards brian


By all means try it, but what you have to bear in mind is that there is no g'tee it will work, so it becomes a waste of money.

No one actually knows why it works, this is because it works for some people and not others. (No really, its true)If it worked for everyone every time they could investigate it, but all agree its something to do with the rotting down.

But I have to ask, why is it that it has only recently been "discovered" considering ponds have been around for thousands of years and so has straw, I can only guess its like putting a magnet on your water pipe.

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i believe it breaks down the algae then it clumps it together some how and you can remove it with a net though i may be getting that confused with something else


I believe you are as you said "getting that confused with something else"

Those that claim it works have never said about removing algae, they just don't get it in the first place. (Which is where the controversy starts)

Oh, and rumour is its going to be banned later this year anyway.
Good quality costs. Bear this in mind before you start.

Sorry if my reply is NOT want you want to hear, but what I have said is true.

We can only go by what you type.

A "thank you" costs nothing, but goes a long way.
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Re: Re Algae #9
Ok thanks Mellybob i will give it a try nothing lost i see its about ?6 so not to expensive....And thanks also 2010 i will deffo give it a whirl
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Re: Re Algae #10
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Thank's Mellybob..How does it actually work if at all regards brian


By all means try it, but what you have to bear in mind is that there is no g'tee it will work, so it becomes a waste of money.

No one actually knows why it works, this is because it works for some people and not others. (No really, its true)If it worked for everyone every time they could investigate it, but all agree its something to do with the rotting down.

But I have to ask, why is it that it has only recently been "discovered" considering ponds have been around for thousands of years and so has straw, I can only guess its like putting a magnet on your water pipe.
I think its supposed to have algicidal properties- hence the use of barley straw extracts which are supposed to do the same thing. Of course in an aquarium algae is much easier to control as you can fiddle with the nitrate/co2/lighting to get the balance right and promote plants at the expense of algae. Not something that's easy to do in a pond. Trying to have less than 12 hours of daylight in summer will be awkward to say the least.Quote:

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i believe it breaks down the algae then it clumps it together some how and you can remove it with a net though i may be getting that confused with something else


I believe you are as you said "getting that confused with something else"

Those that claim it works have never said about removing algae, they just don't get it in the first place. (Which is where the controversy starts)

Oh, and rumour is its going to be banned later this year anyway.
There's supposed to be something else that clumps the single celled algae that cause green water together, but I can't for the life of me remember what its called. It isn't barley straw though.

Personally I find that the best treatment for blanketweed in ponds is elbow grease.
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