Three General Methods For Controlling Aquatic Weeds
Aquatic nuisances such as algae will be a real problem to your aquatic life when these go uncontrolled. They will in but a short time ‘conquer’ the fish pond and take root such as to make them quite difficult to remove. Amongst the initiatives often taken to take away the problem of these pond weeds and such like life, we often have the pond maintenance and filtration initiatives which are nonetheless not entirely conclusive in addressing these aquatic weeds as by and by, the weeds will get returning to the pond in thriving life. The three basic means of aquatic weed control are generally the chemical, mechanical and the biological, all of which have their advantages and disadvantages and when well employed will be the solution to your weed invasion in your pond.
Though time consuming, the mechanical method will be the most cost beneficial in the three methods of aquatic weeds removal. Weeds and nuisance algae will always thrive in your pond all due to the availability of excess nutrients in the water. The exchange of the water in the pond in its entirety will be a good way of dealing with this nuisance and would probably be better qualified by some manual labor. A mechanical filter can as well be used to remove the algae and weeds. Once you have done the cleaning, it is wise to ensure that you have cleaned and replaced the filter mats.
Chemical removal of algae and water weeds is the other method we will look at and this basically will involve the addition of chemical additives like algaecides and herbicides. This method of weed and algae removal is deemed as the being quick and effective style of dealing with algae and weeds and only comes with the negative side of causing complications to the aquatic life you host. The chemicals contained in some of the chemicals used for the control of algae and weeds in the ponds will in certain cases be a serious threat to the life of the other live beings in the pond such as the fishes, the plants and the other animal life therein making the pond generally a place to live in.
On top of the effects the chemicals will have on your pond livestock, they will also have a reverse effect on your biological filters. The chemicals will have the sum effect of causing the death of the good bacteria on the biological filters which are often sensitive to them and this is going to result in negating the whole efforts in the entire plan as with the good bacteria dead in the biological filters and will thus lead to excess nutrients once more attracting the algae and weeds all again.