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#476208 - 07/17/17 09:19 AM Pretty sure I have Chara starting in my pond?
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I found this stuff over the weekend while bucket stocking crawfish from the creek. Pretty sure it's chara, but wanted some confirmation. I had forgotten about the crush and smell test, I'll be doing that this evening. The first photo shows the weed on a 1 gallon bucket for size reference.

I will probably be removing it from the pond although it showed up on it's own and will likely come back again. The ponds in my area tend to have a PH on the basic side of neutral and our waters are also typically hard. Nutrient levels are probably on the higher side as well.








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#476212 - 07/17/17 09:47 AM Re: Pretty sure I have Chara starting in my pond? [Re: Quarter Acre]
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You have very good examples of Chara. Most of it does not look that ideal to the book pictures.
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#476219 - 07/17/17 10:12 AM Re: Pretty sure I have Chara starting in my pond? [Re: Quarter Acre]
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So Bill, you're saying have good photos of a very healthy specimen of an undesirable pest algae? Wonderful! and thanks for your participation.

I suppose I should get it out this evening. I will take a shovel and try to dig it up without disturbing the plant fibers.
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#476251 - 07/17/17 02:09 PM Re: Pretty sure I have Chara starting in my pond? [Re: Quarter Acre]
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Excellent photos! wink

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#476257 - 07/17/17 03:10 PM Re: Pretty sure I have Chara starting in my pond? [Re: Quarter Acre]
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Thanks Kelly, my phone does a pretty good job. It's the equipment in this case not necessarily the photographer.

Am I correct in thinking that I should take all the chara out that shows up? Right now, all that is in the pond is the small batch in the picture that was taken in the pond.
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