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Black Pond Dye: Some Common Questions

January 30, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 149

For owners of a contained body of water, algae growth is no laughing matter. This pest can show up in any body and multiplies with ease, so controlling its spread is imperative to prevent the area from being overtaken. When looking for a solution, one will find that they have many questions. Below are answers to many of the questions one might have regarding algae prevention:

What makes algae so detrimental to aquatic environments?

Thousands of species of algae can exist in a body of water, so it is often difficult to control their growth. Even if you prevent one type of algae from showing up, the environment could still be overtaken by another kind. Once they have spread throughout the environment, the algae will use so much of the nutrients within the environment that decorative plants and even animals will not have enough nutrients to survive.

Kinds of algae of which one should be aware

Planktonic algae will float at the surface and, over time, change the color of the liquid. Not only will it then become unpleasant to look at, but it might also give off a foul odor. Filamentous algae appear stringy in structure and will attach itself to something at the bottom. Periphyton algae will form a slimy layer on walls, rocks, and even on waterfalls. These are just a few of the biggest offenders.

What methods can be used to control algae growth?

The most obvious method is physical removal, which entails pulling these materials off the rocks and walls to which they have attached themselves. However, the amount of time and labor involved makes this a less than ideal solution. Algaecides can be used, but only as a last resort, as there is a strong chance that other life can be killed as well. One of the best methods is to add black pond dye as a preventative measure. The reason is that this dark color will reduce sunlight, which algae ordinarily use to grow during a process called photosynthesis. In normal concentrations, this additive is completely safe for other plants and animals.

What should one take into account when searching for this additive?

One big thing to consider before choosing a specific product to buy would be whether the solution is harmful to the environment. A number of companies manufacture products that are not copper based, so that they will be perfectly safe for the person applying it, as well as the fish and birds that call that environment their home.

How long will it take to implement this solution?

The answer to this question depends on the size of your environment. Generally, the dispersal will take somewhere between 24 and 48 hours, but for larger areas it would be best to wait the full 48 hours before you contemplate adding another bottle.

Conclusion

It will be much more difficult for pests like algae to grow in black pond water. Consult a trusted supplier of pest control chemicals to find a solution that will fit your budget, and not be ecologically detrimental.

Using black pond dye is a great way to get black pond water, which will prevent the growth of pests like algae.

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