A General Guide To Controlling Water 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. Proper pond maintenance and filtration will be the owners first steps towards the control of these nuisance of weeds although this will in most cases not be wholesome for with time even with the best of these algae will still form and thrive in our fish tank. The three methods of weed control are: the mechanical, the chemical, and the biological methods for aquatic nuisance ridding and all of these have their advantages and sets of disadvantages but when used diligently will all rve quite effective in weed removal.
The mechanical method is largely regarded as the most cost-efficient of the three though it comes with a certain degree of time consumption. Weeds and nuisance algae will always thrive in your pond all due to the availability of excess nutrients in the water. The exchange of the water in the pond in its entirety will be a good way of dealing with this nuisance and would probably be better qualified by some manual labor. You can also use the mechanical filter to remove the algae and weeds which are scrubbed from the substrate. 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.
Chemical removal of algae and water weeds is the other method we will look at and this basically will involve the addition of chemical additives like algaecides and herbicides. 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. 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.