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. Leaving these uncontrolled will allow them time to take hold of your fish pond and grow to such extents as to get them increasingly out of your controls as such literally conquering the pond and aquatic life. The common steps towards the control of these weeds will be general pond maintenance and filtration initiatives which though well intended and effective will not rid the algae and other aquatic weeds entirely and permanently as you will find the algae rearing again and again even with the best of these filtration methods. 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. Water weeds and algae presence in your pond are always the result of excess nutrients in your pond water. This can be comfortably addressed when you allow a large water exchange which will be backed by some manual labor. You can also use the mechanical filter to remove the algae and weeds which are scrubbed from the substrate. Equally important is the need to clean and replace the filter mats after the cleaning is done.
The chemical removal as a method is the other option you can have and this will involve the addition of chemicals 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.
There are other effects the chemicals for weed removal will have on your fish tank added to the general effects they will have on it-and this is the effects it will have on the biological filters. The reverse effects will be felt when the chemicals have their toll on the biological filters since the good bacteria in these filters are always quite sensitive to these chemicals and as such they will die whenever they are exposed to these and the net result will be the creation of the once more environment of excess nutrients enhancing the growth and life of the algae and weeds.