The chemical-free way to control Algae|
Is to use floating plants (which provide shade over the water, and absorb nitrates and phosphates, the leading nutrients that algae consumes) and submerged plants (submerged plants also consume nitrates and phosphates in the water, however if the sunlight is overwhelming, string algae will grow on your submerged plants). You can also use innovative ways to shade your pond.
Fish should only be fed once a week at most. Fish will eat algae, so there is no need to feed them a large quantity of food packed with nutrition that will turn directly into ammonia. Ammonia will case murky water.
The best chemical way to remove Algae
In my experience it's useful to use a chemical called Green Clean to remove algae. While this is not a preventative measure, it is safe for fish, frogs, tadpoles, and snails (as long as the powder is not applied directly on the frogs or tadpoles slimy skin). Green Clean kills algae instantly, however, this chemical is expensive compared to others and we do not sell it. The next recommended chemical is AlgaeFix. Although it takes a couple weeks to work, it's a third of the price of Green Clean. A product called Microbe-Lift is a good algae preventative, it's essentially a form of bacteria that eats algae spores; therefore all algae life must be dead in order for this product to be effective. The final recommended chemical product is Barely Straw. This product comes in straw, pellet, and liquid form. It releases enzymes to control the algae (we use enzymes in our body to break down food). This is a cost effective method and is similar to AlgaeFix as far as efficiency goes.
Clearing brown murky water the natural way is just a matter of having enough roots to hold the dirt together. For this method, use water lilies and shelf plants. If dealing with a liner-based pond that was murky water, use gravel to anchor the dirt in pots if possible. If the water is still murky, check the ammonia level as well as pH level (high ammonia levels gives the water a yellow tint, you might also notice bubbles on the water). The way to clear murky water chemically, use the product Acurel E. The water turns brown for a fews days then clears up. This is a coagulant, which means it's a sediment sinker. By bonding with floating particles it sinks them. I hope this article has helped you achieve your ideal pond.