Three General Methods For Controlling Aquatic Weeds
If left unchecked, aquatic weeds will turn out to be real troublesome. 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. 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. There are three common methods of weed removal and these are the biological methods, the chemical methods and the mechanical methods and these are all coming with their advantages and disadvantages but when each is used with a degree of wisdom, you can be assured of success in your efforts to do away with weeds in the aquatic life.
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. Algae and weeds scrubbed from the substrate will also be removed easily by the use of a mechanical filter. Replacement and cleaning of the filter mats is another step which one should consider to have done after they have the cleaning completed as a step to keep them from returning.
Algaecides and herbicides will be the other alternative option for the removal of algae and weeds form your pond as we’ve mentioned in the above sections, and is the chemical means of water weed removal. It only has an undoing in the complications that it is always associated with though it generally has its reputation as being the most quick and effective means of weed removal. Some of the chemicals have formulations which make them have some reactions on plants, invertebrates and the fish as well.
Added to the effects on your fish life, plant life and the invertebrates in your pond, the chemicals will also have a negative impact on your 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.