algae in my rill

(11 Posts)
pennygoodlife Fri 27-May-16 10:46:34

There's is nothing in the the rill but pebbles no plants or fish, my pets have a habit of drinking out of it though... Amy suggestions on how I get rid of it? Thx

Ferguson Sun 29-May-16 18:17:13

Does new water from a stream flow through, or is it a 'closed' system so the water is recirculated all the time?

A 'closed' system will be more prone to algae I guess, but you should be able to scrape or sieve it out from time to time.

Try looking on an outdoor Aquatics web site, as that might have more definitive information.

traviata Sun 29-May-16 20:01:15

barley straw works in my pond.

could you suspend a bundle somewhere out of sight so that it flows through?

pennygoodlife Tue 31-May-16 23:17:13

It's a closed rill, just static water. We were fine last year but this year it suddenly appeared, I've tried scooping it out with a kids fishing net but it doesn't work that well. With the barley straw do I need to leave it in all the time ? How does it work?

pennygoodlife Tue 31-May-16 23:17:36

It's a closed rill, just static water. We were fine last year but this year it suddenly appeared, I've tried scooping it out with a kids fishing net but it doesn't work that well. With the barley straw do I need to leave it in all the time ? How does it work?

pennygoodlife Tue 31-May-16 23:18:11

It's a closed rill, just static water. We were fine last year but this year it suddenly appeared, I've tried scooping it out with a kids fishing net but it doesn't work that well. With the barley straw do I need to leave it in all the time ? How does it work?

traviata Wed 01-Jun-16 10:30:46

You can buy it from the aquatic section. It comes with a net mesh bag. You just weight the bag down with a stone and drop it into the water. You can secure it to the side if you like, to stop it floating around.

After a day or two the straw is saturated and disappears under the water, then you just leave it there for about six months when it needs to be replaced.

It subtly changes the acidity level of the water to discourage algae without affecting wildlife.

pennygoodlife Wed 01-Jun-16 22:45:23

That's very interesting thx I'll try that -
Willi it kill off the algae that's already there or just stop algae appearing in clean water?

Kr1stina Thu 02-Jun-16 06:47:04

So you have a pump and filter ?

pennygoodlife Thu 02-Jun-16 08:21:47

No pump it's just a roll with stones on the bottom no life in it, just 3 fountains

Kr1stina Thu 02-Jun-16 15:04:31

So it's just stagnant water with 3 fountains ? How do you keep it clean ?

Sorry for all the questions, I'm struggling to understand how it's not green slime if it's got no water circulation, no filter and no oxygenating plants . I know that the fountain does a bit of oxygenating but wouldn't think it's enough .

I think Ferguson is right and you need to consult a specialist company or at least check out some pond / water feature websites .

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