The natural pond on our property is suddendly covered w/ green algae. Might you know why or what we can do?

| September 10, 2013 | 1 Comment

Question by pegclarke: The natural pond on our property is suddendly covered w/ green algae. Might you know why or what we can do?
We have never done anything to care for this pond. It has been there for over a hundred years (we have a picture) and seems to be fine on its own. There are frogs and turtles, but no fish. I’m concerned because the algae is new and unexpected. There is no electricity anywhere close, nor do I want to spend much money. I’m looking to learn if this is a natural development and if not, what I can do.

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Answer by TATE
There is some pellets you can put in the pond that will take oxygen out of the water and kill the algae a farm supply store would know what it is. However if you have fish in the pond a few may die as there will be less oxygen in the water.

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  1. Halema says:

    http://www.wvu.edu/~agexten/aquaculture/pondscum.htm
    http://www.naturalsolutionsetc.com/garden-pond-algae-control.htm
    http://scnyat.cce.cornell.edu/woodpond/algae.htm

    There could be a number of things going on with your pond, even though it is over 100 years old. Are you absolutely sure there is no fish in the pond? With a pond that old, there should be, so, if there isn’t, why not? The turtles eat the fish, so unless the turtles are dying out, you probably have fish and just can’t see them because of the algae.

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