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#514079 - 11/16/19 08:48 AM How to control Southern Naiad (Bushy Pondweed)
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Registered: 09/19/14
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Loc: Harrison Co. Texas
My pond was in the process of being taken over by Southern Naiad this past growing season. I added around 3 14" GP per acre last month. Do you think that will do the trick? Or will they take to the APW that I like so much? I have what I consider the right amount of APW around the ponds edge. Should I plan on adding some Aquathol Granular when the water temp goes back up this coming early spring? I don't mind a little bushy pondweed but this darn plant is really aggressive in my pond.
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#514080 - 11/16/19 09:18 AM Re: How to control Southern Naiad (Bushy Pondweed) [Re: TGW1]
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Registered: 10/05/13
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Loc: SE Kansas
All good questions that I will also be interested in the answers. My one acre RES/SMB pond probably has somewhere between 35 and 50% coverage of Bushy Pondweed. Bob had identified it for me at the get together I had at my place a couple years ago. At that time it ringed part of the pond and was a welcome addition as it had about the amount I liked. Then this year it exploded. I dyed the water heavily early in the season (March) but otherwise took no other action. Water got super clear and the pondweed just went crazy. In fact it caused the water to get clear enough when we had dive friends from Boston out for a visit, we snorkeled that pond to look at the SMB. I have numerous under water humps so the pondweed is scattered even out in the middle of the pond with clear water only in the deepest parts.

I also added 4 grass carp this September. I'm hoping they will keep it subdued somewhat next year.


Edited by snrub (11/16/19 09:19 AM)
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#514099 - 11/17/19 11:55 AM Re: How to control Southern Naiad (Bushy Pondweed) [Re: TGW1]
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snrub, same here with the water clearing up. After five years of fertile green water and now between the BPW and the cold snap the water has really cleared to where I can see it growing on the ponds bottom in 6 foot of water. My designed spawning area is covered all the way to the surface. Way to much BPW for me. I priced the granular Aquathol and it's around 500 bucks to clear a half acre. I sure hope the GP choose to eat the BPW and not so much the APW. It will probably be the other way around and the APW coverage is almost perfect as far as I am concerned.
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#514122 - 11/18/19 01:49 PM Re: How to control Southern Naiad (Bushy Pondweed) [Re: TGW1]
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Registered: 03/31/14
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Loc: Paris, TX
Same here. I got the BPW for the first time this year. Added 4 grass carp in my 1.8ac pond. Thought I would wait and see how they do and maybe do a little chemical control next year to help the GC. Crazy thing was how clear the water got. My secchi disk is on the end of a 48" stick. Well after having to go elbow deep and still visible. I put the secchi disk on the end of a 10 FOOT pvc pipe. Elbow deep and I could still see it!!!!! over 11 feet.... Advantage I could see all my previous placed structure and it was all still in place.
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#514140 - 11/19/19 08:58 AM Re: How to control Southern Naiad (Bushy Pondweed) [Re: TGW1]
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That Aquathol price is kind of scary to me. That would be a thousand dollars for my one acre pond.

I have grass carp in the adjacent old refurbished pond and have no BPW there. The spatterdock spread like crazy and may have to do something about it this year, but that is another story.
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#514143 - 11/19/19 09:42 AM Re: How to control Southern Naiad (Bushy Pondweed) [Re: TGW1]
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BrianL, one good thing is like your's, I can see most all of my structure/cover I put in the pond. I found some that I forgot about. And snrub, I was looking at the cost for treating 3.14 acres frown . I sure hope the GCarp prefer eating the BPW instead of the APW.


Edited by TGW1 (11/19/19 09:43 AM)
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