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Sue30-May-02 10:32 AM EST 6a   
israel30-May-02 06:42 PM EST 5a   
gordo30-May-02 08:15 PM EST 6b   
Sue30-May-02 11:14 PM EST 6a   
israel30-May-02 11:58 PM EST 5a   
Sue31-May-02 07:51 AM EST 6a   
israel01-Jun-02 01:22 PM EST   
Carole M03-Jun-02 03:22 PM EST 3b   
Sue04-Jun-02 06:38 AM EST 6a   
Sue28-Jun-02 10:07 PM EST 6a   
alnoro29-Jun-02 04:44 AM EST 8   
DAVE29-Jun-02 10:58 AM EST   
Sue29-Jun-02 12:20 PM EST 6a   


Subject: Pond Weed
From: Sue (makeuplady@rogers.com)
Zone: 6a
Date: 30-May-02 10:32 AM EST

This kind of hairey, pond weed has attached itself to the side of my pond (fibreglass pond). It flows with the current and is about 6 inches long in parts. Someone told me it is called blanket weed. How on earth can I get rid of it? I have scraped it off in parts but it seems to be regrowing. Are there any ponds creatures that will eat it? I really don't want to have to drain the pond as I will lose all my neat pond creatures, big and small. Any suggestions? Thanks.........Sue


Subject: RE: Pond Weed
From: israel (israelyang@yahoo.com)
Zone: 5a
Date: 30-May-02 06:42 PM EST

i beleive everyone who owns a pond has this problem, i call it the algae panic. well, algae grows when sunshine is abundant, so if u can buy some floarters like waterlilies or duckweed(watch out, it grows very quickly) or water lattice. to stop part of the light from going into the water. As for the animals you are looking for, I have heard that apple snails are good algae eaters, and you can also purchase the algae killer. here are some websites where i learned most of these from: http://userpages.umbc.edu/~rrhudy1/algae2.htm http://watergarden.com/_update/16.htm http://www.aquascapedesigns.com/products/cat_8_nac.shtml

goodluck


Subject: RE: Pond Weed
From: gordo
Zone: 6b
Date: 30-May-02 08:15 PM EST

try a onion bag of barley strawsunk in the pond .takes a while but works.DON'T pull it out it breaks and propagates itself more


Subject: RE: Pond Weed
From: Sue (makeuplady@rogers.com)
Zone: 6a
Date: 30-May-02 11:14 PM EST

Thanks Israel for the info and thanks gordo for the barley straw info. Where would I buy barley straw? I live in Toronto and have never noticed it for sale. Thanks for info on not to break it. Will get some apple snails as well. Thanks .............Sue


Subject: RE: Pond Weed
From: israel (israelyang@yahoo.com)
Zone: 5a
Date: 30-May-02 11:58 PM EST

Hi Sue: Before you put in any snails, consider well if you want them to grow in your pond, i dont know if they will do harm to your pond but they might just grow endlessly. I have never had kept apple snails myself so please take time to ask others. this site should be useful http://www.applesnail.net


Subject: RE: Pond Weed
From: Sue (makeuplady@rogers.com)
Zone: 6a
Date: 31-May-02 07:51 AM EST

Thanks Israel. Will go out to Vandermeer's Nursery today and check with them - think this is where I got the hairy algea from originally - have never had it before this year - and ask them about the snails and see if they have any barley straw. They took over all the pond stuff from Picov's on Hwy 2 in Ajax when they went out of business. They have an amazing selection of all pond stuff and some of Picov's staff too. Will let you know what they say. Thanks soooo much..........Sue


Subject: RE: Pond Weed
From: israel (israelyang@yahoo.com)
Zone:
Date: 01-Jun-02 01:22 PM EST

http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?MfcISAPICommand=GetResult&QUERY=algae&ht=1&ebaytag1=ebayreg&CATEGORY0=1281&SortProperty=MetaEndSort

check that out http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2029017936


Subject: RE: Pond Weed
From: Carole M
Zone: 3b
Date: 03-Jun-02 03:22 PM EST

I don't know how big your pond is, but I can tell you that Koi love this algae. When I put my fish out, it all disappears, and the fish get really bright in colour. So if you have some room, get yourself some fish. Need some resources, check out my non-commercial pondpage http://www.members.shaw.ca/cmccollum

And, good luck


Subject: RE: Pond Weed
From: Sue (makeuplady@rogers.com)
Zone: 6a
Date: 04-Jun-02 06:38 AM EST

Carole: Thanks for your great suggestion about the fish eating the "stuff". This the the first year that the fish have not been out in the pond by atleast May 15. So maybe this is why the "stuff' has such a hold. Poor devils are having their "Florida Break" in the pond in my livingroom. I only have regular goldfish. I now have the great, great, great, great, great, great grandchildren of the first fish I had many years ago. Viewed some of your website last night - excellent!!!!!! - gorgeous koi. The internet was very slow last night so will attempt to get better results tonight - the pictures wouldn't even show. Will put my fish in and see if they can clear it off. Thanks and will let you know what happens. Sue


Subject: RE: Pond Weed
From: Sue (makeuplady@rogers.com)
Zone: 6a
Date: 28-Jun-02 10:07 PM EST

Update on Pond Weed problem; It's GONE!!!!! Went to Vandermeer's Nursery in Ajax and got the barley straw and some Pond Algae killer (guaranteed not to affect plants or fish). Put in fish and oxygenators and all is fine. Thank Goodness! It looks great now and the hairy pond weed is gone!


Subject: RE: Pond Weed
From: alnoro (alnoro@shaw.ca)
Zone: 8
Date: 29-Jun-02 04:44 AM EST

Thanks for the update sue. So often theres an interesting thread with some really diverse replies. It's nice to know what was tried and if it indeed was a success.


Subject: RE: Pond Weed
From: DAVE
Zone:
Date: 29-Jun-02 10:58 AM EST

Most of my stringy algae has gone in the past few weeks with little effort by me. I've read that the stringy algae grows well in early spring but is starved by the other pond plants which are better able to take the nutrients out of the pond water. So, Sue, I'm wondering if your success was due to the barley? the algicide? or is it just a natural process? Or it could be a little of all three helped? It'd be nice to hear from other's about their experience with this most annoying weed. While my method(do nothing) is the cheapest in time and cost I still have some left. If barley straw (small cost) or algicide (big cost) would eliminate the algae, I would gladly spend the money.


Subject: RE: Pond Weed
From: Sue (makeuplady@rogers.com)
Zone: 6a
Date: 29-Jun-02 12:20 PM EST

Hi DAVE: Don't know what happened - like you say maybe a combination of all the various things, BUT I have never had this stringy algae before. It took over the pond completely - it plugged up the filters and pump, was about 10 inches long growing out from the side of the pond, and was growing onto some of the pond plants. Removing it by cutting or scraping seemed to give it more life and it grew even faster. (Thought of the movie "The Blob") It was awful and I just had to do something before it jumped out the pond and consumed Toronto. The barley straw ($10)I will use every year from now on and the "Pond Balance" ($19.99) I have enough left for probably three more episodes (3 years)of the "green stringy stuff". It has totally gone and I sure hope it never returns!!!!!! It's sooo nice to be able to see the fish, again, swimming in the water. Thanks for your comments...Happy Canada Day and Happy Gardening....Sue


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