Wordless Wednesday

This is a different kind of fungus altogether–suspended algae in the pond.  It turns the water a bit of a pea soup green.  Because my pond is very old and has no filtering mechanism, this happens in hot weather.  If I want fish and frogs and plants (and of course I do) I endure it.  When the weather cools off a bit, the water clear up.  Magic!


2 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday

  1. Wendy August 11, 2011 / 12:32 am

    I use my rake to lift off the algae and then I just drop it right in the garden. A different kind of compost, a bit stinky when it comes out, but easy enough to do.

  2. gardendaze August 11, 2011 / 7:49 am

    When I get string algae I do a similar sort of thing–I just sort of drag it out with a stick. This kind is different. It’s almost microscopic–I would think I’d have to filter it out with some sort of coffee filter material.

    The fish keep whatever string algae I have in check (except for that dreadful wet summer we had where it rained for 2 months!) But this stuff is just suspended through all the layers of the water–hence its name, suspended algae.

    There’s a third kind too that I don’t have, thankfully. It’s called “tea colored water” and it’s usually a problem when folks build their ponds under oak trees and the leaves fall in and tannins build up in the water. My oak trees are too far away from the pond for this.

    By the way, thanks for the tip about the frogs loving japanese beetles. The few I’m finding the frog is snapping right up!


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