When you have a pond or lake on your land, the last thing you want to look out there and see is green water. To some people, this can be aggravating. Some spend a lot of time with trying to eliminate that green water and change it to the colour that it is supposed to be. You know, a colour that looks healthy. If you are reading this article, then you or someone you know may be dealing with this problem and would like to know how to get rid of it. In order to get rid of it, you will need to take a closer look and figure out what is causing the problem to start with. In the paragraphs below, we are going to give you a closer look at this problem.
Green water is a common problem for people who enjoy ponds. Although it is not toxic to fish or people, it can be a disturbing occurrence. Not only is it annoying but it can be difficult to get rid of and control.
The colour change is caused by an overpopulation of Algae. Algae use photosynthesis to produce food and when there is an excess of sunlight, nutrients and carbon dioxide, they can grow out of control and cause the greenish tinge or murkiness to your water.
Algae are single celled plant-life that uses photosynthesis to reproduce. Photosynthesis occurs when the algae absorb the surrounding sunlight, carbon dioxide and nutrients found in the water and exhale oxygen as waste.
In the right conditions algae can reproduce at a rate of five million per millilitre of water. The plant produces oxygen, but when sunlight is not available at night, it breathes using the oxygen and sugars that are stores will allow it to produce carbon dioxide and water, depleting the oxygen in the pond.
Fish waste contains nutrients which the algae need to reproduce. If you have a large amount of fish, you may require a filter to control the water quality. This is why many experts recommend you getting a filter when you have fish. Another factor that plays a large role in overpopulation is the amount of direct sunlight that the pond receives. Planting shade trees will allow the plants at the bottom of the pond to receive sunlight but control the amount the algae, already present in the pond, receives.
Green water is unsightly, and not to mention the fact that it ruins the whole effect of your outdoor water feature. However, you probably already know this fact without us having to tell you about it. It obscures the fish and plants you lovingly placed to give your pond that certain appeal.
Taking care to maintain the proper balance between plant and animal life will allow you to enjoy your water garden all season long. In order to get rid of this problem, you will need to set some time aside to do it. With a little bit of tender love and care, you will be able to change the colour of water in no time.