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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V3 #1173
> I have place some plants in my pond and after a very long time they have
> grown and become very thick! The problem now is that some of the plants
> has algae all over them! What is the best way to treat them? Arethey
> destined for destruction or there is a way to save them?
I raise plants in outdoor cattle troughs. The troughs that get used daily get enough water
turn-over so that algae is not a problem. The tanks with no water change-out are trickier. I
run my hands very gently over the leaves once or twice a week to sweep the algae off . I also
have various fish in these tanks which control the algae to some extent. At worst, I do a 90%
water change. If you are using fertilizer, make sure the Phosphate content is low relative to the
nitrogen say (12-4-4). Pond Lily fertilizer tabs are typically high phosphate which promotes
algae. Needless to say, don't overfertilize.