Algae pond problems ... How to rid your pond of blanketweed.
Blanket weed is an alga, it is a relatively primitive form of
plant life that is very successful at colonising and dominating an
environment under favourable conditions. Blanket weed spreads and
recolonises vegetatively. Blanc-Kit effective in killing
How to rid your pond of blanketweed. What is blanket weed?
- Blanket weed is an alga, it is a relatively primitive form
of plant life that is very successful at colonising and
dominating an environment under favourable conditions.
- Biologically speaking, this can be a risky strategy, as if
the environmental conditions change, it does not have extensive
means of adapting to the changing environment.
- However, where the environment provides consistent
conditions, (as in a koi pond), and the blanket weed is adapted
to those conditions, it is a very successful strategy, allowing
it to thrive and spread rapidly.
- Are there different types of blanket weed.
- Blanket weed (also referred to as string-algae) is a
collective term given to a number of very similar algae that
both look and behave identically.
- Absorption of light and nutrients is very efficient in such
small structures and so growth can be incredibly rapid.
- We don't resent blanket weed's grip on our ponds because it
poses a direct threat to the health of our koi, as in fact, it
can actually lead to improved water conditions.
- Its fine filament structure and submerged position lend it
to producing a ready supply of microscopic oxygen bubbles.
- So intense may be its aerating effect that in strong
sunlight, rafts of blanketweed will rise up to the surface,
buoyed up by the mass of oxygen bubbles caught within its
- This will give the water a tint, and will need to be topped
up when the natural dyes are broken down by the filter, but
proves effective as a long-term control of blanketweed.
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